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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 2019) internships for enrolled undergraduate and graduate students.
Visual management, LEAN, research, writing, and content development for continuous improvement and more. Coordinate and develop sharing platforms, graphics, films and videos. Support WTD's goals for continuous improvement / LEAN.
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.
Gain experience with written communications to support capital improvement projects; gain experience sharing information with the public; gain experience in customer relations, strategic planning and equitable outreach practices. Represent KC WTD at summertime fairs and festivals, develop and support family and ADA friendly events; prepare written materials in support of capital projects, including but not limited to field work notifications, flyers, newsletters, and fact sheets.
Become familiar with construction contract documents. Understand and develop knowledge of construction techniques commonly used in the construction of wastewater facilities.
Assisting project engineer in design of facilities, cost estimating specification writing, equipment research and development of construction drawings. Working with field operations and maintenance staff to understand needs at the facilities and develop alternatives. Develop construction schedules for planned work. Review construction submittals. Observe construction at projects underway under the supervision of Construction Management staff. Development of lifecycle costs and environmental checklist information.
How to conduct field transects in wetland areas with follow-up evaluation to determine whether performance standards have been met as required by regulatory agencies at WTD restoration sites. Learn how to upload and evaluate the data collected. If time permits, sit in on MCIP project meetings focused on site restoration/mitigation so intern can learn more about project considerations in restoration design.
Write program to create rainfall files for use by WTD's Modeling Group. Program will extract basin geometry(ies) from a sewer/watershed model, identify rain gauge locations, retrieve the relevant rainfall data, and create an interpolated rainfall record for each basin from a selected interpolation scheme. Become familiar with King County and SPU rain data and write computer program(s) to spatially interpolate rainfall data to improve accuracy of modeled sewer flows.
Develop a working knowledge of project management principles, processes and methods. Develop familiarity with infrastructure planning and community engagement concepts. Assists in the preparation of project scopes of work, budgets, work breakdown structures, schedules, and project deliverables. Assist in developing community engagement for the Systemwide Comprehensive Plan. Review Project Management standards and make edits to the WTD Project Management Manual.
GIS, SharePoint, asset management, strategies for assets, property acquisition, lease agreement negotiation, acquisition strategies, property safety measures. Learn GIS, integrating SharePoint via GIS, inspecting and evaluating properties and determining ways to manage and address needs, managing assets, (such as property). The intern will be exposed to right of way activities needed to support government infrastructure.
Contact external researchers to learn study results for cooperative projects; research grant funding opportunities for RR programs; assist with sewer heat recovery projects; assist with internal/external communications about RR programs; assist with Sustainability Program's strategic planning process.
How water quality topics are addressed through local government programs and communicated with different audiences; developing community partnerships; creating, tracking and communicating performance measures; data management. Data management, communications, and outreach assistance for the WaterWorks Grant Program. For the Biosolids Program: farm tasks at City Soil Farm including planting, invasive control, and harvesting; inventory, document gather, organize, and assist with creating content on urban agriculture biosolids.