Resiliency Intern

Arlington, VA, United States
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Private Sector
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Job Summary

AECOM, in partnership with Virginia Sea Grant (VASG), is pleased to announce a paid summer internship focused on design, planning and economics critical to developing resilient coastal communities. The internship is seeking to train remarkable students to become leaders in innovative, pre-disaster, resiliency design strategies. The selected intern(s) will be given the opportunity to participate in projects that are making our nation’s cities more resilient. AECOM will provide exposure to leading practices and practitioners in the field relevant to the intern’s area of study.


The internship is open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students with research experience or training in areas including, but not limited to: urban planning, landscape architecture, urban design, engineering, water resources, resilient design, and/or coastal flooding adaptation strategies. Applying students should have a background in planning, design, civil and environmental engineering, or a related field (required qualification – at a minimum applicants should be pursuing a bachelor degree in one of these academic areas). The selected intern will work at AECOM’s Arlington, VA office.

The internship partners are committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication and education programs that serve people with diverse backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives, and ways of thinking. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability and/or health status, religion, veteran status, geographic origin and socio-economic status. Applicants enrolled at a Virginia institution and those with prior internship experience are encouraged to apply.


AECOM is a global interdisciplinary services firm that works on all aspects of physical design and construction throughout the world. We are currently engaged in numerous projects that prove our ability and desire to help our clients and their communities build resilience through an extensive understanding of assets, risks and vulnerabilities, and a proven ability to develop and incorporate implementable actions into planning, design, and infrastructure projects. Our planners, engineers, scientists, economists, architects, and other professionals work together in a purposeful and collaborative partnership to help our clients build a better world. We are a leader in resilience and climate adaptation planning, working with communities around the country to assess vulnerabilities and develop climate resilience strategies and solutions. Solutions include policy and planning frameworks, zoning and building code revisions, design and implementation of physical adaptations, and infrastructure upgrades and innovations.

Virginia Sea Grant’s mission is to enhance the ecological, economic, and social sustainability of coastal and ocean communities and the ecosystem services they depend upon through university-based research, extension, education, and communication that provide science-based information to decision makers. VASG is a seven-university partnership headquartered at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and composed of the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and George Mason, James Madison, Old Dominion, and Virginia Commonwealth Universities. VASG serves the Commonwealth of Virginia, the region, and the nation.

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Internships are designed to introduce and build essential, hands on skills that differ from those attained in the academic arena and help to enhance the transition from student to professional.
  • Interns are assigned duties that will provide a broad, well-rounded learning experience within their field of study
  • Intern 2 – completion of second year of qualified study

Minimum Requirements

Applicants should be enrolled in a Virginia institution that is part of the VASG partnership and have completed at least 2 years of study in planning, design, civil and environmental engineering, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications

Students with a background in planning, design, civil and environmental engineering, or a related field

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future . Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world , but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Planning

Business Line Buildings & Places

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United States of America

Position Status Intern / Student

Requisition/Vacancy No. 209817BR

Clearance Required No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.