Student Training Experience Program (STEP) Initiative

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality is excited to announce the Student Training Experience Program (STEP) Initiative! This initiative is committed to seeking talented and motivated students to apply for opportunities within DEQ. Students will gain practical, hands-on experience and learn more about DEQ’s role in protecting the environment through paid summer work offered during the summer.

The NC DEQ Summer STEP Initiative has many benefits:

  • Gain valuable hands-on working experience relevant to your major.
  • Network with industry professionals.
  • Gain confidence and begin to build the start of your career.
  • Develop and build new skills.

Summer STEP opportunities are offered from May 2021 – July 2021.

DEQ offers many temporary opportunities during the summer. These opportunities will be paid, but no housing allowance will be provided. Typically, students are currently enrolled with an accredited college or university and are rising juniors, rising seniors, or graduate-level students.

Application Process

We are currently taking applications for STEP Opportunities! We plan to have 5-10 opportunities for Summer 2021. All current opportunities are shown below. We will update the website regularly as the opportunities are posted. 

Please email your application (resume and cover letter) to deqinternships@ncdenr.gov

Current STEP Opportunities & Deadlines 

Position Title

Pay Rate

Application Deadline

Requirements & Majors

Diamondback Terrapin Studies Initiative - Masoboro Island, NC

$15/Hour

Thursday, March 25, 2021

(or may remain open until we have suitable applicant pool)

May/December 2021 or 2022, Rising Senior or Junior, or graduate student

Desired Major: Biology, Zoology or in a Natural Science or Environmental Science 

**Student will need coursework in Statistics**

 Waste Management GIS Data Management Initiative - Raleigh, NC $15/Hour

Thursday, March 25, 2021

(or may remain open until we have suitable applicant pool)

May/December 2021 or 2022, Rising Senior or Junior, or graduate student

Desired Major: Geography, Environmental Sciences, and/or Environmental Engineering, with course work in geographic information systems

Water Basin Planning Initiative - Raleigh, NC $15/Hour

Thursday, March 25, 2021

(or may remain open until we have suitable applicant pool)

May/December 2021 or 2022, Rising Senior or Junior. or graduate student

Desired Major: Environmental Science, Hydrology, Geology, GIS, Cartography, Graphic Design, Science Communication 

Public Affairs Initiative – Raleigh, NC

$15/Hour

Thursday, March 25, 2021

(or may remain open until we have suitable applicant pool)

May/December 2021 or 2022, Rising Senior or Junior, or graduate student

Desired Majors: English, Journalism, Communications, or closely-related major 

Human Resources Workforce Training Initiative - Raleigh, NC $15/Hour

Thursday, March 25, 2021

(or may remain open until we have suitable applicant pool)

May/December 2021 or 2022, Rising Senior or recent Bachelor's graduate

Desired Majors: Business Administration, Human Resources, Marketing, Communication Studies, Psychology (Industrial/Organizational) or closely-related major

Commercial Fisheries Characterization Initiative - Raleigh, NC $15/Hour

Thursday, March 25, 2021

(or may remain open until we have suitable applicant pool)

May/December 2021 or 2022, Rising Senior or Junior, or graduate student

Desired Major: Fisheries Management, Fisheries or Biology/Zoology  

**Student will need coursework in Statistics** 

Each STEP opportunity will have different requirements and qualifications. Below are possible requirements for eligibility:

  • Rising junior/ senior/ graduate student currently enrolled with a college/ university (depends on position needs/requirements)
  • Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal, collaborative, and team-building skills
  • Must have the ability to present ideas professionally and work on a project team

Timeline

  • March 2021 – STEP opportunities advertised and posted 
  • March 2021 – Begin review of applications
  • April 2021 – Interviews will occur
  • May 2021 (middle of the month) – STEP will officially start
  • End of July 2021 – STEP will end

Special Notes

  • STEP opportunities will be paid and will last 10 weeks from the end of May through July.
  • Housing allowance will not be provided by NC DEQ.

For questions, email deqinternships@ncdenr.gov.