DEEP: College Internship Program

College Internship Program

Recognizing the need to provide hands-on work experience not typically available to students in the traditional academic setting, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has established an internship program to acquaint students with DEEPís mission. Our internship program allows qualified students to obtain academic credit from their institution, while also gaining valuable experience in the workforce. Attracting and retaining top-notch employees is crucial to the success of the DEEP. To foster both their personal and professional growth, interns are afforded an opportunity to familiarize themselves with hands-on work of the Agency, such as research, monitoring, enforcement, environmental clean-up, community involvement, and prevention.


The DEEP seeks students who have completed their sophomore year of academic courses and earned 60 academic credits. Students must be currently enrolled in either a Bachelorís or Masterís Degree Program. Applicants from a variety of academic majors are sought, including those who are in, but are not limited to, the following program areas:

Biology     Fisheries
Business   Forestry

Chemistry & Physical Sciences

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Civil Engineering Geology
Conservation Law Enforcement Information Technology (IT)
Ecology Land Use/Planning
Economics Mechanical Engineering
Energy Public & Environmental Policy
Environmental Education Recycling / Materials Management
Environmental Engineering Sustainability
Environmental Studies Wildlife


  • Interns must be able to work at least one full day (8 hours) per week for at least one academic term.
  • Interns are placed in September, January, and during the summer of each academic year.
  • A DEEP representative must interview all interns.
  • Students must arrange to receive credits by consulting with his or her college advisor or Internship Director.
  • Students must be enrolled in either a four-year institution of higher education for his or her Bachelor's Degree or in a Master's Degree Program.

Academic Component:

Since the academic requirements of participating institutions of higher education may vary, each intern should arrange individually with his or her college or university for specific academic requirements and credits to be awarded for participation in the program.

Selection and Placement:

Selection must be made by the Supervising Manager of the division where the placement is to be made. Appointments will be made in accordance to the academic term being considered.

A workable and mutually beneficial relationship between the students, their institutions, and the Supervising Managers is a major goal of the internship program. Every effort will be made to affect a match that is satisfactory to both parties. All internships are unpaid.

Program Advantages:

  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Obtain References


Those interested in applying may submit their application, unofficial transcript, resume, and relevant course list to the address noted on the application, or it may be submitted via e-mail at All applications must have an original signature. The deadline for applying is:

  • Spring Semester Internship:  November 1st
  • Summer Semester Internship:  March 1st
  • Fall Semester Internship:  July 1st
Application for College Internship:  Word Form,   PDF version
College Internship Applications and required documents can be mailed to:
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Human Resources Division
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106-5127