U.S. nationals: New Horizons Water Resources Internship

U.S. Department of Defense
Alexandria, VA, United States
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A 3-month, full-time internship opportunity is available with the Institute for Water Resources (IWR), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) located at the Casey Building, Humphrey’s Engineer Center, Alexandria, Virginia. The internship period is 15 May through 15 August 2019.

The selected individual will participate in an IWR initiative titled New Horizons, which is a forward looking program to address emerging challenges facing USACE in the mission areas of flood risk reduction, inland navigation, and aquatic system restoration. IWR was created to provide “over the horizon” thinking on emerging issues, new technologies, and new challenges confronting the Nation’s water resources and USACE’s efforts to address those needs. IWR supports various technical (engineering), economic, socio-cultural, and political requirements of the USACE missions and the selected individual may be required to contribute to some or all of these areas under the supervision of a subject matter expert. Of particular interest is the need for interdisciplinary approaches to long-term sustainable water management, particularly those focused on interdisciplinary collaboration to find solutions that incorporate engineering, ecological, and social approaches.

Additional information on IWR projects and the USACE can be found at the following http://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/

This internship is within the USACE Civil Works program and is not a military position. 

Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected individual will be involved in the following activities:

  • Conduct literature and interview research of selected problems in flooding and inland navigation
  • Write reports from collected information and brief results to senior leaders
  • Conduct research and support data management for large engineering project
  • Develop case studies based on research and analysis within the context of available data and guidance by IWR subject matter experts
  • Collaborating in teams identify root problems to programmatic challenges and develop methodologies to investigate alternatives for solutions
  • Perform GIS data management of natural resources and USACE facilities

Appointment Length

The initial internship is for 3-months, but may be renewed as part-time during the academic semester based on the availability of funds. The hours are flexible, but the selected individual must be on-site during the IWR core duty hours of 9:00am – 3:00pm. Telework is not authorized. 

Participant Benefits

The participant will receive a monthly stipend depending on education level, hours, and experience. Taxes are the responsibility of the individual receiving the appointment. Coverage under a medical insurance plan is both required and the responsibility of the applicant. The appointment is full-time at the IWR offices located in the Casey Building at 7701 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria, VA  22315.  Public transportation is available, but not always convenient. 

Nature of Appointment

The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOD, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.


The qualified applicant must be a currently enrolled college student, in good standing, studying in the field of civil engineering, environmental engineering, environmental science, geography, earth science, or earth systems science.

Preferred skills:

  • Effective and demonstrated research and written communication skills
  • Strong interest in water resources management and development
  • Creative and inquisitive
  • Effective verbal communication skills, experience using multi-media to communicate with or engage audiences