Program Overview
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Bureaus and Offices


The Department of Environmental Protection is the state agency responsible for ensuring clean air and water, the safe management of toxics and hazards, the recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources. MassDEP is one of the agencies in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and its role under Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution is to be the guarantor of the people's right to "clean air and water", as well as "the natural scenic, historic and aesthetic qualities of the environment."

MassDEP's Commissioner, Martin Suuberg, is committed to MassDEP's Internship Program as it provides a diverse educational and training opportunity for interns who are interested in the environmental field. 

Objectives of the MassDEP Internship Program

In an effort to assist MassDEP with its succession planning, we continue to recruit individuals who are interested in working and utilizing their skills in the environmental field. We are providing opportunities to undergraduate students, graduate students, law school students, and other individuals who are seeking experience in the environmental field.

As part of MassDEP's diversity effort and equal-opportunity policies, we seek to accommodate internships for women and men from different racial, cultural, economic and ethnic backgrounds, regardless of their sexual orientation or disability status.

Internship Program Overview

As part of MassDEP's talented and professional team, MassDEP interns are provided with education, training, hands-on experience, supervision, and networking opportunities, utilizing modern technology and information systems during their internships.

Current internship positions are unpaid; however, MassDEP provides academic assistance for students who are interested in getting academic credits in their respective schools. We remain hopeful that we will be able to provide paid internships in the future.

Internships are conducted in supervised settings and are available in MassDEP's various bureaus, departments and regional offices. Depending on the assigned internships, interns might be given opportunities to be involved in statewide conferences, trainings, and/or workshops.

In addition to hands-on experience, the internship program coordinates a comprehensive calendar of events which revolves around brown-bag lunches and may include field trips and recreational activities. During the internship program, interns are connected through an Internal MassDEP Intern Facebook Group where they can communicate, share their experiences, and obtain information about upcoming events. Interns conclude their internships by sharing their experiences at MassDEP through presentations.

For more information or assistance, please contact Michelle Waters-Ekanem at 617-292-5751, Michelle.Waters-Ekanem@state.ma.us, or Saleena Son at 617-292-5841, 

Apply to Participate in the MassDEP Internship Program

To Apply:

List of current MassDEP Internships  pdf format of List of current MassDEP Internships
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If you apply, please follow both a) the instructions below and b) any other instructions provided in the specific internship description.

MassDEP Internship Application doc format of MassDEP Internship Application
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A completed Internship Application Form along with a copy of your resume and cover letter;
Send via email to:

MassDEP Bureaus and Offices

MassDEP Bureaus-Boston

  • Bureau of Water Resources
  • Bureau of Air & Waste
  • Bureau of Policy & Planning
  • Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup
  • Bureau of Administrative Services (including Office of Diversity)
  • Office of Research & Standards
  • Office of General Counsel

MassDEP Regional Offices

  • Northeast Region-Wilmington
  • Southeast Region-Lakeville
  • Western Region-Springfield
  • Central Region-Worcester
  • Wall Experiment Station-Lawrence