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 2023 – July 2023.

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.



Application Process

The application window for STEP Opportunities has opened! 

Current STEP Opportunities & Deadlines 

Position Title


Pay Rate

Application Deadline

APNEP Communications and Outreach Raleigh $15/Hr. April 7, 2023
Commercial Fisheries Stat Morehead City $15/Hr. April 7, 2023
DWI Funding Program Raleigh $15/Hr. April 7, 2023
EJ and Data Support Raleigh $15/Hr. April 7, 2023
Geoscience Education and Outreach Raleigh $15/Hr. April 7, 2023
Public Affairs Initiative Raleigh $15/Hr. April 7, 2023
Supporting DEQ's Action Plan for PFAS Raleigh $15/Hr. April 7, 2023

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

  • Rising 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

Timeline (Tentative)

  • March 2023 – STEP opportunities advertised and posted 
  • March 2023 – Begin review of applications
  • April 2023 – Interviews will occur
  • May 2023 (middle of the month) – STEP will officially start
  • End of July 2023 – 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 (official or 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


NCSU Summer Intern Housing


Shaw University Summer Intern Housing


Morehead City Student Housing Opportunities

Morehead City, Beaufort, Atlantic Beach