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Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 - Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program grows future leaders
ContactMarty Otero
After Hrs512-239-5000

Over the past 28 years, 2,300 students from across the nation have been placed in paid, full-time internship assignments across Texas thanks to the Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program.

The MLEIP, which is coordinated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, is an established, recognized internship program that allows sponsor companies the flexibility to interview candidates and extend offers at their discretion. In addition to internships at TCEQ, qualified applicants can spend their summer as an intern at other state agencies, as well as at private companies with a presence in Texas.

The program provides summer internship opportunities in Texas for college students pursuing environmental, science, engineering, public administration, public health, computer technology, accounting, business, law, and communications degrees. The program works with both public and private sector companies across the state. Together, they develop a diversified workforce by creating opportunities for employers to mentor college students as paid interns and provide students with hands-on, real-world work experience. The internships generally take place during the summer months, from May to August.

Last year, 477 undergraduate and graduate students applied from across the nation, and 132 interns were placed—80% of those who applied were STEM majors.

Many former interns have gone on to secure jobs and leadership positions with their sponsor organizations. And while the program already has many committed sponsors, there is still room to add more in order to place all the qualified students who apply.

"Through the Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program, W&M/Braun Intertec has hired exceptional summer interns over the past 8 years,” states Diana Rader, P.G., MLEIP Board President Principal, W&M Environmental, a Division of Braun Intertec.

She adds, “these college students are bright, inquisitive, and motivated to learn about our business. The TCEQ simplifies the hiring process for us by providing a short list of pre-qualified intern candidates based upon our request."

Organizations with a presence in Texas may sponsor a summer intern through the MLEIP. Sponsors who participate are asked to provide internship placements and compensate the students. Sponsors set internship dates, rate of pay, duties performed, and work hours for the interns. Sponsor companies also participate in the annual MLEIP Intern Conference scheduled for July 2020 in Austin.

The MLEIP honors the late U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland's efforts to promote a clean and healthy environment.

For more information on how you can be a summer internship sponsor, visit our website and submit your Sponsor Request Form by March 31, 2020. You may also contact Ms. Juanita Baldwin, MLEIP Education and Outreach Coordinator, at or 512-239-0105.