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Internships and Student Assistants

Two EGLE staff examining organisms from a sample of a stream to assess water quality
Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Internships and Student Assistants

We work with talented and innovative undergraduate and graduate college students. Through unpaid internships and paid student assistant positions, students will gain experience and knowledge of how to protect Michigan's environment and public health.

Students will work directly with staff and executives on key environmental issues in a variety of capacities throughout the department. Positions will be offered that match students' interests, degree programs, or career paths. Students may be studying in some of the following areas: Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Communications, Education, Engineering, English, Environmental Engineering and Science, Finance, Geology, Graphic Arts and Design, Health and Safety, Human Resources, Journalism, Laboratory Science, Materials Management, Meteorology, Physics, Sustainability Programs, Toxicology, Water Resources, or similar fields of study.

Work may be a hybrid experience to be accomplished virtually, physically in an office, and or field setting.  Students are expected to work a minimum of 15 hours per week, but no more than 29 hours per week. Internships are held three times a year - fall, spring, and summer.

Our programs and projects give students career development experience and, in some instances, the ability to earn academic credits.


Examples of current projects include, but are not limited to:

  • assist with the Brownfield Redevelopment Program
  • conduct PFAS research for various EGLE divisions and making presentations on the findings
  • research and map utilizing Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • research chemicals of concern and write reports on the findings
  • work with emergency management staff to update procedures and manuals
  • work with field staff to sample lakes, rivers, ponds, and air
  • update air quality pollutant levels charts
What our interns are saying: Video

What our interns are saying:

"I was looking to pursue a career with EGLE, and I wanted to check it out first," Caroline Nicholas explains in this short video, highlighting her experiences with the 2021 EGLE Internship program. "...and I ended up getting a job as a Financial Analyst with EGLE, just recently!"

Contact us for more information on our internship program