DC Summer Internship 2019

American Water Works Association (AWWA)
Washington, DC, United States
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The American Water Works Association (AWWA) is Dedicated to the World’s Most Important Resource™. It provides knowledge, information and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting efforts of the full spectrum of the water community. AWWA maintains a Government Affairs Office in Washington, DC, where this internship is located, and is minutes away from Capitol Hill, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the White House. Congress, the EPA, and other executive branch agencies are the focus of most of AWWA’s governmental affairs efforts. Staff closely coordinate their many activities through the Water Utility Council (WUC) to develop action programs to initiate, evaluate, respond and comment within the framework of Association policy on legislative, regulatory, and other matters which directly affect water utilities. You can read more about AWWA’s Government Affairs Office on our website.

The selected candidate will work on one major project for the duration of the internship. The main objective of the internship is completing a project for AWWA and either (1) an associated paper to be submitted to Journal-AWWA for peer review and publication or (2) an internal report and presentation to management to support leveraging tools and resources for more effective advocacy. Examples of published papers from previous intern projects are listed at the end of this announcement and can be accessed on Journal-AWWA’s website or on request by contacting Adam Carpenter ( ).

The selected candidate will also attend meetings and briefings in the area and assist with other activities to gain an understanding of the breadth of water policy issues covered by this office. The intern will work with AWWA staff on a project that would best fit his or her qualifications. All applicants must briefly discuss one or more potential projects related to water policy they are interested in within their cover letter in order to be considered for the internship. Applicants who send a resume without a cover letter containing this information will not be considered. Priority consideration is given to applications that discuss a potential project in enough detail to evaluate its feasibility and to discuss the project during a phone interview (if selected).

Water policy projects addressing important water sector issues such as effectiveness of regulations or regulatory processes, water infrastructure financing, affordability of water, climate change, sustainability, water security and preparedness, the water-energy nexus, specific existing or proposed regulations, specific contaminants, and others will be considered for the internship depending on qualifications and current drinking water policy needs.



  • Graduate student pursuing a Master of Science in Environmental Science, Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, and/or Master of Environmental/Public Policy preferred. Undergraduate students that have completed at least their sophomore year will also be considered.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience with environmental and/or water policy issues preferred
  • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision

Wage/Salary Information: $19.00-$20.00 per hour

Deadline to Apply: 8 PM ET, March 8, 2019

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume plus cover letter discussing at least one project idea. Resumes/Cover Letters without the requested information will not be considered. AWWA staff will review all candidate materials and select a student for this internship.