State of NC Internship - Environmental Safety Research Specialist

  • North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
  • Iredell County, NC
  • Nov 11, 2016
Temporary Research Watershed/Stormwater

Job Description

Job Duties: 
To provide a motivated student who is interested in State Government and Environment for an opportunity to gain hands-on experience working in Land Quality Section of Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources in Department of Environmental Quality. The intern will work directly with environmentalists, engineers and as well as other members of regulated community/public and will be able to get an experience in a diversity of state and federal environmental regulations including dam safety, industrial storm water, mining and erosion control. This internship will include occasional field work, computer research, data entry, and writing inspection report/notification letters. 

Major Tasks to be Performed: 
The intern will be responsible for Working from a list of high and intermediate dams to be inspected in the fall, the intern could verify current ownership of the dam utilizing the applicable county GIS website, and provide proposed changes for review.  Once these changes are approved, I-BEAM could be updated and a new one-page report submitted for review, with a draft notification of inspection.  This would be useful and save time for all the specialists and provide the owners advance notice so that they may perform routine maintenance of their dams prior to our inspections.  The intern will be Reviewing the MRO dam files to make sure EAPS for high hazard dams are entered into I-BEAM accurately. The intern could confirm and update the county emergency management addresses and numbers. The intern will also work in Mining, erosion and sediment control program and Industrial storm water to review these permits and inspections. Some additional responsibilities will be tailored toward the specific interests of the student in order to maximize the internship experience. 

Final Product or Outcome Anticipated: 
The student will exit this internship with a significant awareness of State and Federal regulations and day to day functions of Land Quality section. The intern will have first-hand knowledge   of the environmental programs with knowledge of Dam Safety, Mining and Storm water. The intern will also learn about research and development. 

Academic Majors Desired: 
Agricultural, Biological, Engineering, Environmental or Natural Resource Sciences 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

All applications must have the attached documents:

  • Resume
  • Custom cover letter pertaining to this project
  • Transcript
Applicants will be considered for no more than five internship projects. 
Late applications will not be accepted.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

  • An applicant must be a permanent North Carolina resident attending a college, university, law school, community college or technical institute in North Carolina or a North Carolina resident attending an equivalent institution out of state.
  • Applicants must carry a 2.5 or greater overall grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants must have graduated from high school and subsequently completed their sophomore year of college before beginning the internship. Community college students must have at least their first year completed before beginning the internship.
  • Applicants must be continuing their education in the fall following their participation in the program.
  • To qualify for a law internship, applicants must have completed at least one year of law school before the beginning of the internship, unless other majors are listed.
  • Students having previously held paid internships with the State of NC Internship Program are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be willing and able to work full-time for the entire 10-week internship. Applicants must be able to provide legal proof of identity and work authorization within three working days of employment.

Supplemental and Contact Information

Candace Dudley, Internship Coordinator

Job Level

Intern (Paid)


Government- State/Provincial