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The Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program

College students can learn about environmental issues and gain professional experience through a paid, full-time summer internship, either at the TCEQ or in the private sector.

Am I Eligible?

You must meet all internship requirements to be eligible to participate.

  • You must have completed at least 60 undergraduate semester hours at the end of the spring 2015 semester or be a current graduate student enrollee.
  • You must be enrolled full time during the current spring semester and have a minimum academic grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
  • You must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • You should be enrolled in environmental or other science-related disciplines including, but not limited to, the following:

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    • biology
    • chemistry
    • geology
    • engineering
    • public health
    • public administration

Students pursuing the following majors are also encouraged to apply:

  • finance
  • accounting
  • business
  • computer science
  • law
  • communications
  • criminal justice

How Do I Apply?

First, submit an online application form. Applications accepted January 1, 2015-March 13, 2015.  It’s important that you submit your online application first before submitting any supporting documents.

Next, submit all of the following supporting documentation (may be submitted separately or together):

  • a professor's letter of recommendation
  • current official academic transcript to include courses in progress current spring semester
  • verification of current spring semester enrollment (required if transcript does not list courses in progress current spring semester)

    E-mail documentation to: jobs@tceq.texas.gov
    OR
    Mail documentation to:
    Mickey Leland Internship Program, MC 116
    Human Resources and Staff Services Division
    Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
    PO Box 13087
    Austin, TX 78711-3087

NOTE: Complete application packages received by the March 13, 2015 deadline have the best opportunity for review and consideration by sponsors/managers.

Incomplete application packages (for example, missing the online application or related documents) may not be considered.

What is the timeline for the 2015 Mickey Leland Internship Program?

Sponsor Request Forms/Student
Applications Accepted Starting
January 1, 2015
Student Application Deadline March 13, 2015
Sponsors Interview Candidates April - May 2015
Candidates Notified of Selection April - May 2015
Intern Assignments End August 28, 2015
2015 Program Concludes August 28, 2015

What are internship expectations?

As an intern, you will be expected to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the position to which you are assigned. Interns must abide by all policies, procedures, and regulations of the employing agency or organization. This may include drug testing.

Sponsors/mentors will provide you with feedback concerning your performance.

 

 

Program History

Information for Sponsors

Advisory Committee

Program Contact:
Juanita Baldwin, PHR
Recruitment and Internship Coordinator
512-239-0105 or juanita.baldwin@tceq.texas.gov

What do some former interns say?

 

"The Mickey Leland Internship Program provided me the opportunity to begin a career in state government... TCEQ is like second family to me."
- Bernard Ndoping-Angandje, 2009 MLEIP Intern & TCEQ Employee


"The internship was enlightening; it broadens your horizons on how environmental impacts affect all areas of industry and business. I enjoyed the conference and networking with peers and mentors."
- KayLynne Beck, 2009-2010 MLEIP Intern, Environmental Specialist, Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC


"I was a Mickey Leland intern with the Petroleum Storage Tank Division of the Texas Water Commission (now the TCEQ). The technical experience I gained was invaluable. It helped me land my first job at the Agency. My supervisor recalled how hard I worked and appreciated that I remained in contact after the internship ended."
- Ramiro Garcia, 1993 MLEIP Intern, Deputy Director, OCE