Student Internship Program

Why Intern with TPWD?

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If you are thinking of working in a conservation-related career, our internship program could be a great start for you. We provide college students a realistic view of what a career with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department really entails. Student interns are given the opportunity to gain practical experience across our divisions including Law Enforcement, Wildlife, Communications, State Parks, Infrastructure, Coastal Fisheries, Inland Fisheries, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Executive Office.

Who is Eligible for Internships?

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All of our Student Internships have the same minimum qualifications, listed below:

  • Current enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student in an accredited college or university or recent graduate within the last 6 months
  • Minimum of 18 (60 for Game Wardens) completed semester credit hours from an accredited college or university at time of application
  • Must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 grade point scale or “pass” on a pass/fail system
  • Must possess a valid state driver's license, when applicable

Are Internships Paid?

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offers both paid and unpaid internship opportunities. Paid and unpaid internships will be clearly marked as such when posted. Our paid positions are dependent on funding, and change by division and by year. Paid positions will be based on the following pay scale:

If selected for a paid summer opportunity, intern rate of pay is determined based on student class standing at the time of application.

Class Standing Credit Hours Pay Rate
Freshman/Sophomore/Junior 18-89 Credit Hours $14.00
Senior 90+ Credit Hours $14.50
Graduate/PhD Any Credit Hours $15.50

How Do I Apply?

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You must apply online. Vacancies can be found on our Current Postings webpage. Please note that in applying for TPWD positions, decisions are made based on your completed online application and not based on your resume.

  • For all paid and unpaid internships, a copy of a college transcript(s) issued from the registrar, with a registrar signature and/or school watermark, must be attached to the online application (if applicable).
    • Your transcript MUST show eligibility requirements (GPA, credit hours, and current enrollment/graduation).
  • Degree plans will not be accepted
  • Resumes are not accepted in lieu of required documents
  • Lack of any of the required documents makes your application incomplete and it will not be considered

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Application Tips and Information

Here are some tips to maximize your chances of being selected for an interview:

  • Make sure to address all of the “Knowledge, Skills and Abilities” and “Working Conditions” in the “Work Experience - Duties Summary” section of the online application
  • Supplemental Information is where you may select:
    • Military Service
    • Honors/Awards
    • Professional Memberships
    • Professional Associations
    • Technical
    • Publications
  • Certificates and Licenses, such as
    • Hunting and/or Fishing License
    • PADI
    • EMT or Paramedic
    • Wildland Fire Red Card
    • Firearms Permit
    • Boat Operator's License
  • Skills and Work Experience, such as:
    • Customer service
    • Farm/Ranch equipment
    • 4WD
    • GPS/GIS
    • Power tools
    • Microsoft Office Suite
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DOD SkillBridge Internships

DOD SkillBridge

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is proud to partner with the DOD SkillBridge program. Service members will have the opportunity to build their resumes by learning about our multiple divisions, completing on-the-job training, and having one-on-one mentoring to help create a smooth transition.

Please contact to learn more and get started!

You can also visit our Veteran Hiring Page for more information.

Additional Information

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TPWD offers internships during the summer months. Our Internship Program is very competitive for all positions including both paid and unpaid opportunities. Internships are posted and hired on a rolling basis. Experience is important when applying to our internships. To gain experience, you may want to consider volunteering, or applying for seasonal, temporary, or part-time position: