It may be winter in the Northland, but now is the perfect time to make summer plans with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. They have the perfect way to not only get outside this summer but to get paid doing it and the application deadline is fast approaching.

The Minnesota DNR announced this week that they are looking for "passionate and dedicated" students interested in learning more about natural resource careers through paid summer internships.

According to the DNR, their summer interns gain valuable training, build meaningful experience and share their knowledge and perspectives to help create a healthy, sustainable, and inclusive Minnesota.

The DNR has a wide variety of internship opportunities located throughout the state. Interns can get valuable experience in fisheries, forestry, park operations, watercraft inspections, communications, and a lot more.

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Minnesota DNR interns can expect to work 20 to 40 hours per week and they are paid $15 per hour. To be considered for an internship, applicants must be enrolled students fulfilling an academic requirement or receiving academic credit.

Here is how to apply for an open internship position:

  • Go to the state of Minnesota careers website (
  • Select “Search open positions” from the top of the main page.
  • Select “View all jobs.”
  • Filter by “Natural Resources Dept” in the Agency category and “Student Worker and Internships” in the Job Family category. You'll be able to check each of these boxes on the left of the screen.
  • Applicants for all positions will be accepted through January 31. Positions will start in May and June.
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To request an accommodation or alternative format of the applications, please contact us at:; 651-259-5016; or call using a preferred telecommunications relay provider.

The DNR notes they are an equal opportunity and veteran-friendly employer that celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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