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Program Guidelines

The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) currently offers unpaid internships to students who are currently enrolled in an accredited college or university. Opportunities may also be available for individuals currently enrolled in graduate school. Interns may be placed in any region/office where a need has been identified by staff. Every effort will be made to place an intern in the specific job field that is directly related to the major field of study. Interns will carry out a wide range of duties under the direction of an assigned manager/supervisor. Students may participate in the same internship opportunity for one or two semesters or during the summer.

What’s Great About an Internship at DWR?

Interns will gain valuable experience in a variety of disciplines while receiving academic credit (optional) towards their degree. You will work with experienced, passionate and dedicated staff that will be able to share their insights about working in the natural resources field. You will:

  • Gain DWR work experience, which will make you a stronger candidate for full-time employment in natural resources
  • Work during a summer or semester while you are gaining practical application of your area of study
  • Work with a DWR supervisor to help you apply your studies to your work
  • Work in a high-performing, values-based environment to accomplish meaningful work

You May Be Eligible

DWR’s internship program is open to students in varied stages of their college education. Positions are open to college students pursuing a two- or four-year undergraduate or graduate degree. Some positions may require completion of specific coursework or a minimum number of academic credits. Please refer to job postings for the specific requirements for each position.

Internship opportunities may be available in our Richmond Headquarters location or in one of the four regional offices throughout the state. Opportunities may also be available at field offices, hatcheries or Wildlife Management Areas (WMA). The number of available positions will vary each semester/year.

Varied Areas of Work

There is an opportunity to work in DWR’s varied work environment in a wide range of disciplines, including:

  • Fisheries and Wildlife Biology/Management
  • Marketing
  • Information Technology
  • Public Education/Outreach
  • Law Enforcement
  • Infrastructure
  • Accounting/Finance

Contact Us

Estella W. Randolph
Volunteer Administrator
Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources
P.O. Box 90778
Henrico, VA 23228
(804) 367-4331