DEQ Student Training & Experience Program (STEP)

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality is excited to announce the Student Training & Experience Program (STEP) Initiative! This initiative is committed to seeking talented and motivated students to apply for opportunities within DEQ. Students will gain practical, hands-on experience and learn more about DEQ’s role in protecting the environment through paid summer work offered during the summer.

The NC DEQ Summer STEP Initiative has many benefits:

  • Gain valuable hands-on working experience relevant to your major.
  • Network with industry professionals.
  • Gain confidence and begin to build the start of your career.
  • Develop and build new skills.

Summer STEP opportunities will be offered from May 20, 2024 – July 26, 2024.

DEQ plans to offer many temporary opportunities during the summer. These opportunities will be paid, but no housing allowance will be provided. Typically, students are currently enrolled with an accredited college or university and are rising juniors, rising seniors, or graduate-level students.

Intern Testimonial Video


Application Process

The application window for STEP Opportunities is now closed!

Each STEP opportunity will have different requirements and qualifications. Below are possible requirements for eligibility:

  • Rising sophomore/ junior/ senior/ graduate student currently enrolled with a college/ university (depends on position needs/requirements)
  • Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal, collaborative, and team-building skills
  • Must have the ability to present ideas professionally and work on a project team


  • March 4, 2024 – STEP opportunities advertised and posted 
  • April 8, 2024 – Begin review of applications
  • April 15, 2024 through April 26, 2024 - Interviews will occur
  • May 3, 2024 - Notification of placement 
  • May 20, 2024 – STEP will officially start
  • July 26, 2024 – STEP will end

Special Notes

  • STEP opportunities will be paid and will last 10 weeks from the end of May through July.
  • Housing allowance will not be provided by NC DEQ.

For questions, email

Ready to Apply?

Email the following to

  1. Cover letter including your first and second internship preferences

  2. Resume

  3. Transcript of undergraduate or graduate records (unofficial transcripts are accepted)

Academic Credit

Some colleges give credit for internships. Students are responsible for arranging with their schools to receive credit.

Short-term Housing Opportunities

UNCW Summer Intern Housing Wilmington
NCSU Summer Intern Housing Raleigh
Morehead City Student Housing Opportunities Morehead City, Beaufort, Atlantic Beach