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About the MLEIP

A one-of-a-kind experience offering an unparalleled glimpse into the future of environmental science and conservation.

MLEIP Mission

The mission of the MLEIP is to:

  • Heighten awareness and encourage participation among minorities, women, and economically disadvantaged college/university students regarding environmental related issues and policies.
  • Develop a diversified work force within Texas' environmental agencies and private corporations by promoting employment opportunities for students exploring future careers in environmental and related fields.
  • Train and equip students to be environmental professionals and future leaders.

Not Your Typical Internship

One size does not fit all!

MLEIP internships are widely varied, and assignments are driven by a student’s major, the skills listed on their MLEIP application, and geographic location preference.

The goal of MLEIP internships is for students to perform meaningful work related to their field of study or interest in a real-world environment.

Check out the video below to hear the inside story from former interns.

The Inside Story (1:23 min)

Where Interns Work

Interns are assigned to a specific work location (at TCEQ, other state agencies, county and city governments, or private sector employers) in Texas based on business needs and the student’s geographic location preference. Interns are responsible for funding and handling their own housing and relocation arrangements.

Internship assignments are in-person, remote, or hybrid. While most in-person assignments are in Austin, candidates may also select from the following Texas locations.


How Interns Shape the Future

MLEIP alumni have impact and influence. Former interns have gone on to secure successful careers in a wide variety of fields, such as:

  • attorney
  • biologist
  • business development supervisor
  • chemist
  • chief operations officer
  • data analytics manager
  • deputy executive director
  • enforcement coordinator
  • environmental consultant
  • environmental investigator
  • environmental permit specialist
  • environmental program coordinator
  • environmental protection specialist
  • emissions evaluator
  • field environmental specialist
  • geologist
  • GIS analyst
  • human resources manager
  • information specialist
  • meteorologist
  • natural resources specialist


  • product marketing manager
  • regional office director
  • social media strategist
  • software engineer
  • staff engineer
  • training specialist

Are you a former or current MLEIP Intern interested in employment at TCEQ? Submit a State of Texas Application for a posted position or apply to the Transitions Hiring Program.

Program Contacts

Avery Klein-Cloud
MLEIP Internship Coordinator,
Human Resources & Staff Services
512-239-5433 or
Yvette Rodriguez
MLEIP Internship Coordinator
Human Resources & Staff Services
(512) 239-0166 or
Juanita Baldwin, SHRM-CP, PHR
MLEIP Education and Outreach
Coordinator, External Relations
512-239-0105 or