DCMP Science Policy Internship

The Delaware Coastal Management Program is offering a virtual Science Policy summer internship position.

The Delaware Coastal Programs Section uses research and education to help lead public policy discussions and balance the use and protection of coastal and ocean resources.

The intern will assist with establishing a panel of experts to discuss implementation of various program improvements. The intern will gain valuable science policy experience, including policy research and stakeholder engagement. The intern will also learn about regulatory programs within DNREC and other environmental organizations.


Applications for DCMP internships are handled by the Delaware State Parks volunteerism system. DCMP Science Policy applicants should select “Middle: Delaware Coastal Programs” as their park preference in their application.


  • Establish a panel of experts to coordinate implementation of scientifically-supported techniques for program improvements
  • Create a report of potential program improvements from expert panel engagement
  • Create a currency/equivalence to analyze project benefits according to type of benefit achieved (as time allows)
  • Create a project list/bank (as time allows)
  • Contribute to content development for social media engagement
  • Other duties as assigned, based on organizational needs

Skills/Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree (or degree in progress) in environmental science, environmental studies, natural resource management, marine science, political science, or a related field
  • Interest in scientific policy work
  • Ability to represent the DCP professionally at meetings and events
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Strong research and data analysis skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Detail-oriented, focused, and punctual
  • Ability to work in a team or independently as needed
  • Ability to work remotely/in a virtual setting
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite

Stipend Available

Interns are not employees of the State of Delaware – they are considered volunteers and are not paid for their service. Interns may elect to receive a stipend to help cover expenses incurred during their volunteer intern service. The stipend is a fixed amount of $100 per week for service of 30 or more hours per week or $50 per week for service between 20-29 hours per week paid biweekly as a direct deposit into the intern’s bank account.

The stipend is not a wage, but does count toward the total income on which the intern’s tax obligation is based. Interns electing to receive the stipend will complete IRS Form W-9 Request for Tax-Payer Identification as self-employed and will receive a Form 1099 at the end of the year that reports the amount of income from the stipend. No taxes are withheld from the stipend.