Research Project Description
Wastewater Infrastructure Capacity Development and Outreach
Internship Program Opportunities
Office of Water
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Water 2013-284
A postgraduate internship is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water. The internship will be served with the Office of Wastewater Management (OWM) in Washington, D.C.
OWM encompasses a broad range of efforts that promote effective and responsible water use, treatment, and disposal and encourage the protection and restoration of our nation's watersheds. Additionally, OWM oversees the regulatory and voluntary programs that help manage our nation's wastewater.
Undergoing an extensive evaluation and adjustment of technical materials used to explain wastewater technology, assistance programs and permitting, OWM is updating the content of existing materials to improve delivery of the message and reorganizing and updating the web pages associated with the materials.
The intern will be trained in analyzing the exposure and impact of OWM programs, as well as on the Drupple web design system. S/he will be involved in identifying opportunities to improve the content and delivery of materials to target audiences, including states, tribes, industry groups and the general public, through web redesign and augmentation. The intern will be involved in revising technical and outreach materials to better serve customers accessing information through the web and redesigning OWM web pages to improve the accessibility of information.
The participant will learn about
- The unique wastewater infrastructure challenges facing small, disadvantaged communities, including those along the U.S. Mexico Border, Alaskan Native Villages and Native American Tribes
- Federal infrastructure funding assistance, including both grant and loan programs
- Emerging wastewater infrastructure technology, challenges posed by changes to the climate, water reuse/recycling, energy efficiency at wastewater treatment plants and bio solids management
- The Clean Water Act permit program that controls the discharge of water pollutants from municipal and industrial point sources of pollution.
The intern will become a member of a collaborative team and will be involved in augmenting the technical and programmatic materials made available by OWM through the web. By rotating through the different Branches within OWM, the participant will receive broad exposure to wastewater infrastructure programs.
The applicant should have received a bachelor’s or master’s degree in environmental science, engineering, or information technology within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the start date. Students currently enrolled in a degree granting program at an accredited U.S. college or university are also eligible to apply. Proof of enrollment will be required each semester.
The appointment will initially be full time for a one-year and may be renewed upon the recommendation of EPA and depending on the availability of funding. The annual stipend will range from $35,000 up to $55,000 depending on educational level. No travel or relocation expenses will be paid.
The program is open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran. U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status is preferred (but can also hold an appropriate visa status, however, an H1B visa is not appropriate). The intern must show proof of health and medical insurance. The intern does not become an EPA employee.
The EPA mentor for this project is Stephanie vonFeck. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
How to Apply:
An application can be found at http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/application.htm. Please reference Project # EPA Water 2013-284 when calling or writing for information.