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Intern Opportunities


Office of Talent Management
Attn: Beth Smith
William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

We offer a variety of internships withing our department including working with our state parks, Bureau of Environment, Office of General Counsel, Office of Sustainable Practices, Office of Policy and Planning, Office of External Affairs, Office of Human Resources and Office of Talent Management. We have opportunities across the state of Tennessee. The majority of our internship opportunities are unpaid; however, we do have paid internship opportunities with our Seasonal Interpretive Recreator Program (SIR).

Internship Opportunities Available

Work Locations

Interns can participate in opportunities at the Nashville Central Office located in downtown Nashville or in one of our eight Environmental Field Offices located in key cities in Tennessee (Memphis, Jackson, Nashville, Cookeville, Columbia, Knoxville, Johnson City and Chattanooga). The Seasonal Interpretive Recreator Program (SIR) provides an opportunity to work within in one of our 54 Tennessee State Parks.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring Semester (Jan. – April): November 15
  • Summer Semester (May – Aug.): May 1
  • Fall Semester (Sept. – Dec.): June 15

Requirements/How to Apply

  1. Must be actively enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate school program and have a B average or above.

  2. Must submit a resume, cover letter and provide educational transcripts via email to To be considered for Seasonal Interpretive Recreator, send the noted information will be sent to  If you prefer to mail your information our mailing address is: 

    The Department of Environment and Conservation
    Att:  Beth Smith, Office of Talent Management
    William R. Snodgrass TN Tower
    312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 2nd Floor
    Nashville, TN  37243

  3. Please include the following information in your cover letter:
    1. Field of study
    2. City, county or location desired
    3. Dates available, i.e. May 1st through July 31st
    4. Contact information for college/university administrator for your school’s internship program: name, title, phone, and email information
    5. Guidelines established by your college/university for the internship program

  4. Applicants will be notified by email regarding interviews for available positions.  We suggest you offer two emails if possible for contact information.  Contact with your intern administrator will be part of the resume review process.

  5. If interviewed by TDEC and selected for the Intern position, interns will be required to:
    1. Complete a State Application (position applied for should be “intern”), a Volunteer Registration Form, a Release of Liability Form, and a Letter of Agreement, which details the start and end date of the internship, as well as the expectations and responsibilities of the intern, and other required state of Tennessee paperwork.
    2. Provide proof of identity, i.e. valid drivers’ license and proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.
    3. Acknowledge the internship does not entitle the intern to a job at the end of the internship.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the salary for interns?
    The majority of internships at TDEC are unpaid. If the student is a part of the Seasonal Interpretive Recreator Program (SIR), salary is approximately $9/hr.

  2. What is the length of an internship?
    We coordinate the requirements of each school's internship program to provide the necessary hours required for college credit.

  3. Is there an age limit for interns?
    There is not an age requirement. However, interns must be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program that gives college credit for the internship. Are interns allowed to drive state vehicles?

  4. Are interns allowed to drive state vehicles?
    If the internship is part of the SIR Program, and is a paid internship, they are considered a state employee and are eligible to drive a state car when required. The intern must have a valid driver’s license.

  5. Are interns eligible for state benefits?
    No. Interns are part-time and are not eligible for benefits.