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Expand your career horizons and create a sustainable future in a paid internship

Are you a college or graduate student considering careers that build a sustainable future? King County Wastewater Treatment Division has internship opportunities for you! WTD offers paid summer internships in a wide range of fields that design, build, and operate our regional clean water system. 

WTD’s college and graduate interns create real value for our projects, programs, and agency while getting real world job experience, networking, and learning about water systems. Summer interns join a group of their peers to take training, develop job skills, and complete their own projects.

Interns get exposure to careers and opportunities they might not have imagined before. Participants have used their internships to acquire jobs at their universities, in King County, and elsewhere.

Intern presentations and projects

Check out some presentations and products developed by two of our 2019 interns.

Project video created by Annie Means, 2019 WTD College Intern


Project Story Map created by Kiran Singh, 2019 WTD Graduate Student Intern.

Designing for the future - photo of Jameson Building and link to storymap.

See examples of current and past summer internships

Note: these internships are for enrolled undergraduate and graduate students.

Climate Change Program

Gain experience and conduct research and policy analysis related to climate change, including existing King County policies, other utilities' policies, state and federal agencies' policies, insurance and rating agencies' expectations, and equity implications; review engineering and technical specifications; write reports; conduct in-person and phone interviews; help plan, attend, and actively participate in meetings/workshops.

Coal Creek Sewer Upgrade Program

Intern will gain knowledge of and experience with community outreach practices; learn and develop skills in event planning and communications, likely to include creative content planning, script writing, and videography to create professional quality, mission-based video content. Intern will spend about half the internship hours working with the team on developing and implementing strategies to improve project accessibility for all populations including those living with disabilities. Deliverables could include educational videos, revised event planning documents and new tactics to make WTD meetings, events, and programs more accessible. The intern will work with Community Services staff to learn about outreach, participating in events, meetings, and programs, and other related duties as they express interest.

Designer/Drafting

Gain drafting knowledge and experience, working in the Engineering Unit on the CAD Designer Team, within WTD. Utilizing Autodesk softwares (Autocad, Revit, Civil 3D, etc.) to generate design drawings, standard details, and 3D models of Wastewater Facilities. Learn how to use 3D Scanner to generate point clouds of our facilities and utilize these point clouds within CAD Software. Learn about CAD standards and record drawing management. Learn the stages of a capital project workflow and the interaction between project team members.

Project Management Unit - Minor Asset Management Plant Projects

Gain practical plant engineering supporting Capital Project Coordinator and Plant Engineers on current and future capital projects. In addition, learn about our King County Portfolio Management Process.

Project Program Delivery - Engineering

How engineers work and perform their tasks, problem defining and solving, researching, concept and alternatives development, cost estimating, construction observation, preparation of construction documents, review and response to submittals and requests for information. Assist a seasoned engineer in the tasks needed to respond to the needs of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and offsite staff at various facilities.

Puget Sound Nutrient Modeling

Learn how to apply computer models to real-world applications. Learn to model physical and biological/chemical processes in the environment. Simulate nutrients in Puget Sound to evaluate impact of WTD's Wastewater Treatment Plant discharges.

Regional Wastewater Service Plan (RWSP) - Reporting Program

Gain experience and conduct research and analysis related to how well WTD's Strategic Asset Management Plan is projected to reduce sanitary sewer overflows, including reviewing overflow data; reviewing plans; conducing in-person and phone interviews; helping plan, attend, and actively participate in meetings/workshops; visiting construction sites; and writing reports.

WaterWorks Grant Program and Loop® Biosolids

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.

Communications / LEAN / Continuous Improvement

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.

Community Relations

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.

Community Services Capital Program Support

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.

Construction Management

Become familiar with construction contract documents. Understand and develop knowledge of construction techniques commonly used in the construction of wastewater facilities.

Engineering-Civil / Mechanical

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.

Mitigation and Monitoring Program

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.

Modeling

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.

Project Management-Capital Infrastructure

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.

Property Asset Management Program

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.

Resource Recovery

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.

WaterWorks Grant program and Biosolids

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.

Current postings

Summer 2020 college internship applications are now closed.

Summer 2021 college internships will post around late January to early February.

Please check the careers website for other postings.

Contact us

Send us a message at WTDwkfcdevprog@kingcounty.gov

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