November 07, 2016
DNREC offers community engagement internship in conjunction with Delaware Environmental Institute
Students who are interested in making sound environmental policy have an opportunity to gain direct experience this winter and spring through a paid internship with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).
Each year, the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) works in partnership with DNREC to provide internship opportunities in environmental policy. The focus of each project is determined by DNREC based on state environmental needs, and the intern works under the mentorship of DNREC personnel. DENIN assists with intern recruitment and provides a stipend for the experience.
The goal of the current project is to support the development of Public Involvement Plans at DNREC. Such plans detail how the agency identifies stakeholders and seeks public input about proposed regulations and other actions that impact communities.
Public Involvement Plans provide opportunities for stakeholders to be informed about and involved in the review of a proposed action. They allow for open and effective dialogue to address public concerns and minimize adverse impacts on the surrounding community and environment.
The intern will assemble lists of contacts within each state representative district, including residents who have expressed interest, neighborhood groups, religious organizations, media and opinion influencers, and elected officials and other government personnel and devise effective communication strategies for reaching targeted communities.
The intern will also gain experience with developing spatial databases, creating maps and figures, composing, conducting and analyzing questionnaires and surveys, and evaluating communication alternatives and priorities.
“DNREC is looking for talented students who are ready to roll up their sleeves and dive in to the complexities,” said Jeanette Miller, associate director of DENIN. “Moreover, students who undertake a DNREC internship should know that they are contributing to real change. In the past, their work has resulted in new laws and improved regulations and supplied new information to DNREC’s leaders.”
Advanced undergraduate or graduate students are encouraged to apply. Communication skills are imperative, including strong writing skills, a solid understanding of social media and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Access and Excel. Experience with ESRI products including ArcGIS versions 10+ and ArcGIS Online is required.
This internship will be located at the DNREC Site Investigation and Remediation Section, 391 Lukens Drive, New Castle, Delaware 19720. The internship will take place Jan. 3-May 12, 2017, and conclude with written and oral reports to DNREC senior leadership. The internship will be full-time during the UD 2017 Winter Session and 10 hours per week during the spring semester with a stipend of $3,000.
The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21. For more information and application instructions, visit the DENIN website.