Student Internship Program
Why Intern with TPWD?
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.
At TPWD, we value diversity. We value differences between people who have various backgrounds, perspectives, experiences, and culture. Our internship program upholds this value and emphasizes exposing women and minorities to career opportunities and training in natural and cultural resource fields.
Who is Eligible for Internships?
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 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||$12.00|
|Senior||90+ Credit Hours||$12.50|
|Graduate/PhD||Any Credit Hours||$13.50|
How Do I Apply?
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, you must submit one of the following:
- Official transcript
- Unofficial transcript
- Unofficial transcript marked “issued to student”
- 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
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
- Professional Memberships
- Professional Associations
- Certificates and Licenses, such as
- Hunting and/or Fishing License
- EMT or Paramedic
- Wildland Fire Red Card
- Firearms Permit
- Boat Operator's License
- Skills and Work Experience, such as:
- Customer service
- Farm/Ranch equipment
- Power tools
- Microsoft Office Suite
TPWD occasionally offers Spring/Fall semester internships, with the vast majority taking place 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:
- TPWD Seasonal positions
- TPWD Positions of all kinds, where some of them may be temporary or part-time positions: Current Job Opportunities
- Internship brochure 1MB | PDF
Contact our agency Intern Coordinator
Phone: Lacey Estus (512) 389-8491