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Research Project Description

Technology and Water Resources Internship
Institute for Water Resources (IWR)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Alexandria, VA


Project Description:

A full-time post graduate OR part-time school year/full time summer internship opportunity is available on the research and development team at the Institute for Water Resources (IWR) – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Alexandria, Virginia.   The selected individual will participate in a number of projects focused on technology to improve the USACE’s water resources management mission.  This internship is focused on Civil Works, and is not a military position. 

The selected individual could conduct research on the following types of projects depending on one’s skills and interests.

  • Reviewing, creating, and/or designing surveys, models, or websites for water resources planning (Economics, Recreation, Biological and Environmental).  This could include verifying mathematical formulas and testing user accessibility.
  • Design and creation of GIS applications for emergency management or water resources management on an ESRI platform
  • Researching mobile app and social media technology for data collection, emergency management, and water resources management
  • Creating web-based desktop/mobile apps using data services to meet agency missions
  • Teaching and presenting new ideas and knowledge to colleagues to improve existing processes through technology

The Institute for Water Resources (IWR) was established to provide the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) with forward-looking research and analyses on emerging national water resources issues. USACE and IWR, in partnership with other organizations, make vital contributions to address the nation’s major water resources challenges and assist agencies in implementing collaborative approaches to water resources management. IWR is also a recognized UNESCO International Centre for Integrated Water Resources Management.  Additional information on IWR projects and the Corps can be found at the following websites: and


  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and be able to pass a background check.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment.
  • Must be students in good standing at an accredited U.S. college or university, or accepted as an entering graduate or professional student at an accredited college or university, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (based on a 4.0 scale).
  • Applicants must be pursuing or have completed a degree in Computer Sciences, Economics, Mathematics, Finance, Engineering, Operations Research, Communication (with a technology emphasis), Statistics, Geography, Recreation (with GIS or a Research emphasis), Sciences (Biology, Environment, Geology, etc.) or similar disciplines.
  • Recent graduates must be within five years from their graduation or 10-years for veterans.
  • Applicants should have a strong interest in technology and water resources.  Applicants should be creative and flexible and willing to learn new topics.
  • Applicants should have effective verbal and written communication skills, experience using multi-media technology to communicate with or engage audiences, and an understanding of customer/public relations concepts.  Experience with or interest in education and outreach is preferable.
  • Applicants must be competent in Excel.  It is preferable, but not required, that the applicant can use one or more mark-up, scripting, and programming languages (Visual Basic, HTML 5, JavaScript, C/C#, Python, R, etc.) and have knowledge or experience in using Oracle, Access, and/or Cold Fusion.

Additional Information:

The initial internship is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of the IWR contingent and based on the availability of funds.  The hours are flexible but within normal business hours (part-time during the school year, full-time summer).  The participant will receive a monthly stipend depending on educational level, hours, and experience.  Taxes are the responsibility of the intern.  Coverage under a medical insurance plan is both required and the responsibility of the applicant. The appointment is full-time at IWR in the Alexandria, Virginia, area. Participants do not become employees of IWR or USACE or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.

How to Apply:

To be considered, submit an application form (, resumé and official transcripts via email to no later than June 6, 2014. Please reference Project # USACE-IWR-2014-0003 in your application and when calling or writing for information.

Scanned copies of transcripts including official university/college markings may be sent via e-mail to It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that transcripts submitted via e-mail do not contain personally identifiable information (PII) such as Social Security Number, Date of Birth, and Student ID Number that, if lost or compromised, could cause serious harm (including identify theft) to you.