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Interns touring South Treatment Plant
College interns touring the South Treatment Plant, summer 2018

Imagine an internship where you...

  • contribute to the protection of public health and the environment
  • conduct field inspections, sewer sampling, flow monitoring and manhole locates
  • learn about project management including cost estimating, budget, and schedule for large construction and maintenance projects
  • create websites and troubleshoot information technology (IT) issues
  • work on green building and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (L.E.E.D) projects
  • learn Geographical Information System (GIS) databases and map locales
  • participate in pump replacement data collection and support
  • present your individual or team project to wastewater staff and peers
Visit the WTD education program for a list of high school summer internships and career opportunity events and career fairs.

See yourself in one of these college internships

This is a list of current (summer 2018) internships for fully enrolled undergraduate and graduate students.
Research, writing, and content development for articles, written materials, blog articles, eNewsletters and more. Coordinate the production of written materials, graphics, films and videos. Act as a regular contributor to WTD's social media channels. Support WTD's goals for digital engagement and in-person community engagement.
Provide community relations support for multiple projects required under the combined sewer overflow (CSO) consent decree, including large traditional infrastructure projects, green stormwater infrastructure projects, and the RainWise Program which is a rebate program for property owners to capture stormwater on their property. Intern will participate in planning and hosting public events, developing and distributing communication materials, attending community events, making connections with community members. Intern will participate in soliciting "big roof" projects as potential RainWise demonstration projects.
Become familiar with construction contract documents. Understand and develop knowledge of construction techniques commonly used in the construction of wastewater facilities.
Assist maintenance personnel with design, categorization, and maintenance of wastewater treatment processes and components. Collect information from the field and verify information in existing drawings, and markup Piping and Instrument Diagrams and mechanical drawings.
Assisting project engineer with review of Submittals, help develop responses to construction contractor requests for information, attend construction meetings, site visits, review pay estimates, develop layouts of the new generator in the existing generator room work with structural engineer on floor and wall modifications. Revise construction drawings and specs based on review comments. Continue development of layout and structural alternative for a sodium hypochorite tank farm. Assist engineer in the response to questions and needs of plant and offsite staff.
Coordinate and implement identified efficiency-related efforts as required, tour and inventory various wastewater facilities, gain familiarity with what an energy group in a progressive wastewater utility does on a daily basis.
Assisting the Plant Project Engineer on mechanical projects ranging from design to construction. Duties may include in plant analysis of piping, pump & equipment problems or implementation of corrective action.
Assist the WTD Internal Auditor in analyzing data provided by local Sewer Agencies using Excel to identify discrepancies and assist in moving and organizing documents between an internal server, SharePoint, and OneDrive.
Assist with the collection, review and troubleshooting of regulatory, process and energy-related data for treatment plant facilities. Assist with collecting data and information for capital projects. Assist with data collection and process oversight of special operational projects or pilot facilities.
Assist in the preparation of financial cost model performance analysis. Work with financial data looking for trends and/or anomalies. Understand how information systems are used to track and forecast for capital construction projects.
Assist in the preparation of project scopes of work, budgets, work breakdown structures, schedules, and project deliverables. Assist in project and program analysis and reporting.
Gain an understanding of inventory management, inventory control, expediting, and warehouse management. Duties could include: Input and research inventory and disbursement records, inventory adjustments and parts history/usage. Review daily computer reports and reconcile computer reports with source documents. Expedite parts delivery from multiple warehouses; pick up and deliver items as required. Perform basic warehousing and stocking functions using material handling equipment, load and unload items and acknowledge receipt of goods and services. Assist with physical inventory and cycle counting.