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Research Project Description

Drinking Water Regulatory Efforts
Internship Program Opportunity
Office of Water
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Washington, DC

EPA Water 2014-311

Project Description:

A postgraduate internship is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water in Washington, DC. This internship will be served in the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW), Standards and Risk Management Division (SRMD).

OGWDW-SRMD is primarily responsible for the development of regulations and regulatory tools in support of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). SRMD identifies unregulated chemical and microbiological contaminants that may require regulation, develops analytical methods, collects monitoring information on unregulated contaminants, and makes determinations of whether to develop federal standards for unregulated contaminants. If needed, SRMD establishes standards for drinking water constituents that pose a threat to human health, develops technical information to support drinking water standards, and provides technical assistance on drinking water issues. SRMD also reviews and revises existing drinking water standards. In addition, SRMD coordinates with other EPA offices, States, environmental groups, drinking water providers, laboratories, and other interested parties.

The intern will be trained to conduct research for various regulatory activities within SRMD that will be used to inform the evaluation of drinking water contaminants and the potential development and/or revision of drinking water regulations. Projects may include:

  • Developing approaches/models used for scientific or regulatory analyses/evaluations, the review of scientific or regulatory analyses/evaluations, the interpretation of findings, and the preparation and review of materials or documents used to support drinking water regulatory efforts;
  • Identifying and evaluating significant and critical factors to perform scientific and regulatory analyses/evaluations and draw rational inferences based on established principles; 
  • Developing information/analyses/materials for stakeholder outreach efforts.

Through this opportunity, the intern will learn about the development, evaluation and preparation of scientific and regulatory information to support the agency’s evaluation of potential drinking water contaminants. S/he will also be involved in potential outreach efforts to share pertinent information with external stakeholders. These efforts will provide the intern with exposure and professional development in the agency’s process and procedures for assessing and evaluating the potential risk of drinking water contaminants.


Applicants should have received a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a biological or physical science, engineering, environmental, health, public health or neuroscience within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the starting date. Experience with data management systems is desired.

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 the applicant can also hold an appropriate visa status, however, a H1B visa is not appropriate).

The appointment will initially be for one year and may be extended up to three additional years depending upon EPA recommendation and subject to availability of funding. The annual stipend will range from $42,600 to $59,000 depending on educational level. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. The participant does not become an EPA employee.

Technical Questions:

The EPA contact for this project is Crystal Rodgers-Jenkins (

How to Apply:

An application can be found at Pleasereference Project # EPA Water 2014-311 when requesting information.