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Research Project Description

Clean Water Act Implementation
Internship Program Opportunity
Office of Water
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Washington, DC

EPA Water 2014-316

Project Description:

Office of Water in Washington, D.C. The internship will be served with the Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds (OWOW).

OWOW is responsible for implementing water conservation programs under the Clean Water Act (CWA). (See for more information.) Under the guidance of a mentor, the intern will be trained to research CWA issues, to coordinate outreach efforts with other federal and state agencies, and non-government organizations, and to conduct wide public education and outreach efforts.

The intern will be trained to:

  1. Develop and implement education and outreach strategies for the OWOW divisions to effectively inform diverse audiences about OWOW’s programmatic priorities;
  2. Convey key issues associated with contemporary environmental topics such as nutrient pollution, climate change, mountaintop mining, the U.S. National Ocean Policy, National Estuary Program, community-based watershed protection, CWA 319 Nonpoint Source Program, ocean dumping and marine debris, and Low Impact Development, among other topics.

Through this project, the intern will learn about OWOW’s CWA programs and its top policy objectives. S/he will learn and gain skills in the following areas: Constructively and successfully accomplishing tasks in a consensus environment; Writing and speaking clearly and persuasively on environmental subjects; producing well-designed education and outreach products for environmental programs and policies; and problem-solving and managing complex tasks.


Applicants must have received a bachelor’s in environmental science within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the starting date.

U.S. citizenship is required. The program is open to 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.

This appointment is full-time for one year and may be renewed for up to an additional three years depending on the availability of funding. The annual stipend will be up to $42,631. Funding may be made available to reimburse the participant’s travel expenses to present the results of his/her research at scientific conferences. No funding will be made available to cover costs for pre-appointment visits, relocation costs, tuition and fees, or a participant's health insurance. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. This can be obtained through ORISE. The participant does not become an EPA employee.

Technical Questions:

The EPA mentor for this project is Antonio Bravo (

How to Apply:

An application can be found at Pleasereference Project # EPA Water 2014-316 when requesting information.