Local recruitment: Summer Internship Water Resources and Planning Engineer

Valley Water

San Jose, CA, USA

Summer Internship Water Resources and Planning Engineer

Valley Water

Salary: $26.31 Hourly

Job Type: Internship/Temporary Worker

Job Number: 00147-SI

Location: CA, CA

Department: Watersheds Summer Internship Program

Closing: 1/31/2022 11:59 PM Pacific



COVID-19 vaccination requirement:*To protect our most valuable assets, our employees, as well as the communities we serve, Valley Water requires all new hired Valley Water personnel to be fully vaccinated (for COVID -19) or to be formally excused from the requirement through the **reasonable accommodation process (for details, see bottom of job posting).


Do you want to make an impact in your community while gaining priceless career experience? Do you want to expand your network and build your resume while learning about the water industry? If you do, then a Summer Internship at Valley Water may be right for you!

Valley Water’s mission is to provide Silicon Valley with safe, clean water for a healthy life, environment, and economy. We manage an integrated water resources system that includes the supply of clean, safe water, flood protection, and stewardship of streams on behalf of Santa Clara County’s 2 million residents.

Our popular internship program provides excellent opportunities to explore your chosen career path, develop industry specific skills and knowledge, and increase your professional network! Summer 2022 will be our first-ever hybrid Summer Internship Program and will provide interns with training and experience leveraging collaboration tools while working on-site and remote. Each intern will have a mentor and will be given professional development training, participate in networking events, attend both virtual and in-person meetings, and prepare a Capstone presentation at the end of the program.

The Water Resources Policy and Planning Department conducts all phases of project planning for watersheds. The primary tool for long term planning is the integrated water resources master plan (One Water plan), which attempts to develop an integrated watershed-based plan to enhance water resources management for Valley Water. Other planning work includes conducting detailed watersheds planning studies for flood protection and environmental stewardship (for example, the Salt Ponds A5-11 study to realign Calabazas and San Thomas Aquino creeks into the restored Salt Ponds; the Upper Penitencia Creek Flood and Stewardship project; and the Coyote Creek Flood and Stewardship project), reporting on policy developments related to watersheds, developing the gravel augmentation and large woody debris fisheries study, working on the geomorphic restoration project (SCW D6), developing stream corridor priority plans (SCW D3), and coordinating the Valley Water partnership on the Salt Pond Restoration Project.

This position is a hybrid telework schedule, typically working 40% remote and 60% onsite.

Required License or Certificate


• Students pursuing a Bachelor’s in Civil or Environmental Engineering with focus on Water Resources.

• Have taken courses in open channel flow, fluid mechanics, environmental planning, hydraulic modeling, Geographic Information Systems, hydrology, computer aided design, environmental law, public speaking.

• Ability to problem solve and communicate effectively both in writing and orally.


• Support the team with the planning and early design level work of a flood protection project or a creek restoration project.

• Help the team to coordinate internally and externally with outside agencies and regulatory agencies.

• Prepare reports, presentations and other documentation in support of the project.

• Conduct hydraulic analysis with hand calculations, excel, and HEC-RAS.

• Attend the all-day virtual Intern orientation on Monday, June 13th, 2022.

Selection Process


Gabriel V. is originally from Los Angeles and completed his undergraduate degree in civil engineering at the University of Southern California and his graduate master’s degree in environmental engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been at Valley Water for 21 years and has extensive experience in flood protection, riverine hydraulics, and river/floodplain modeling. He is Valley Water’s President for the Organization for Latino Affairs, a group focused on empowering the Latinxs community. In his free time, you can find him reading fiction books, exercising, playing with his two little girls, and hiking when he has the time.


The Summer Internship Program is open to undergraduate (Junior or Senior) and higher graduate-level students who will be enrolled in a community college/university for Fall 2022.

• Pass a pre-employment screening process to include a background check

• Proof of enrollment will be required prior to start of assignment

• Can work full-time (40 hours/week) during the Summer Internship Program (June to August)


We will be accepting applications from January 24 through January 31, 2022. You will need to provide the following with the online application:

• Fully completed online Employment Application. We are very interested in learning about your school projects, volunteer events and/or extracurricular activities.

• Complete the supplemental questions in the job application, these will help us get to know you better. Hint: answer each question fully, but be clear and concise – feel free to use bullet points, you do not have to write long paragraphs. Do not indicate “see resume” as a response to any of the questions.

• Optional Resume and cover letter, these are helpful and appreciated by the Managers reviewing the applications.

Interns who have participated in the Valley Water’s Summer Internship Program in past years are not eligible to apply.

COVID-19 vaccination requirement:* Fully vaccinated means (1) it has been at least two weeks since a person has completed the entire recommended series of a COVID-19 vaccine, and (2) the person has provided proof of vaccination in a form consistent with the requirements for verification of vaccine status in the State of California’s July 26, 2021 Public Health Officer Order.**Limited Exemptions to Vaccination RequirementAn individual who has been provided a job offer may request a reasonable accommodation to the vaccination requirement if they:1. Have a contraindication recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or by the vaccine’s manufacturer to every approved COVID-19 vaccine. A contraindication means a condition that makes vaccination inadvisable;2. Have a disability and are requesting an exception as a reasonable accommodation based upon this disability; or,3. Object to COVID-19 vaccination based on their sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.

Valley Water does not provide medical benefits, vacation pay, holiday pay, or any other benefits.

Valley Water is committed to creating an inclusive work environment which supports the diversity of our community and enriches our perspectives. A workforce that finds strength and creativity in its diversity is critical to delivering quality products and services. In solidarity of the Black Lives Matter movement, Valley Water Board Member, Nai Hsueh made a public statement on racial injustice and inequality in June 2020 that reflects Valley Water’s Value Statement “All individuals are unique and important, and will be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.”

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