Internship Program, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Frankfort, KY

Find Your Calling

We have a compelling vision, and a commitment to a greater purpose. We offer career opportunities in biology, geology, energy, environmental science, engineering, legal, accounting, human resources, mining, communications, and more.

About Us

We improve the quality of life for all Kentuckians by protecting our land, air, and water resources; by utilizing our natural resources in an environmentally conscientious manner; by helping families connect with nature and preserving the Commonwealth’s natural heritage; and by supporting innovative, resilient, and sustainable energy solutions that together bring economic benefit to the commonwealth.


  • Flexibility– Many of our team members are able to design their own work schedules or telecommute, giving you the flexibility, you need to meet today’s demands and busy lifestyle.
  • Competitive Pay and Advancement– The Commonwealth works hard to ensure our pay is competitive with other states and the private sector. Training, leadership and development opportunities provide growth and advancement.
  • Insurance– We provide exceptional health insurance options, with dental and vision coverage, flexible spending accounts and more. Life insurance is provided at no cost, with the ability to increase coverage to meet your individual and dependent needs.
  • Wellness– Your health and well-being are a priority. That’s why we offer a robust wellness program with optional interactive opportunities, coaching, online resources and rewards to keep you motivated.
  • Holidays and Leave- Team members receive 11 and a half-paid holiday each year, monthly sick, annual, compensatory leave, and a number of special leave options. Paid time off increases with years of service.
  • Retirement– Your future security and ability to reach your retirement goals are important to us. Kentucky’s public pension is a defined benefit plan, providing a guaranteed payout to you at retirement. Disability and death benefits are also available to members and their beneficiaries.
  • Deferred Compensation- An easy and effective way to save and invest in your future, we offer 401K, 457, Roth and traditional IRA options.
  • Tuition assistance– Educational assistance allows you to continue your education and reach your career goals. You can also save, tax free, for educational expenses through the KY Saves 529 Program

The Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) has internships across the Commonwealth. We have paid opportunities within the Department for Natural Resources, Department for Environmental Protection, Office of Administrative Services, the Office of Energy Policy, and the Public Service Commission.

Interns can expect:

  • ​EEC offers fall, spring, and summer internships
  • $15/hour pay
  • 5 hour work week
  • EEC gear
  • Telecommute opportunities (where applicable)
  • Great experience to build a resume​​

Intern duties include:

  • ​Reviewing and processing data
  • ​​Working on presentations
  • File management
  • Accompanying field staff on site visits​​​

Qualifications to apply:

  • ​Must be a graduate of or a student in pursuit of a BA or BS in environmental science, biology, physical sciences, or related degree fields from an accredited program
  • 0 GPA
  • Great communication skills
  • Strong technical and analytical skills
  • Self-starter, motivated, and eager to learn
  • Basic knowledge and experience in Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook​​

How to apply:

​Submit your resume and cover letter in a single PDF and email to​ with the subject line “(Your first name, last name) EEC Internship Application”. Example: Jane Doe EEC Internship Application. In your resume and cover letter, please be sure to include the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • Address
  • University and anticipated year of graduation
  • Current GPA
  • Related experience
  • Area of interest within the EEC where you would like to intern
  • Residence for the duration of the internship

Please contact if you need further information.

​​Prior to submitting your resume and cover letter, we highly encourage you to visit our website and​​ our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter​ to learn more about the Energy and Environment Cabinet. The EEC is a large agency, and your research will allow you to familiarize yourself with the different subject areas within the cabinet.​