Description: 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 student 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 with this information will not be considered.
Examples of projects ideas include the following:
- What are the practical barriers to implementing customer assistance programs? Develop a utility manager survey to acquire information and produce a product designed to inform managers of specific actions in developing these programs (what has been tried, why, how did it work, etc.) taken at other utilities.
- Infographics that explain the top challenges facing the water sector and proposed solutions
- Explore and catalog all historical Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) and Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) awards in the U.S. Department of agriculture and describe all mentions of source waters. Follow-up with contacting each project to understand how the local utility or utilities were or were not involved in developing and executing the project.
- Develop materials for utilities to survey their local communities to understand their confidence in (or lack thereof) in their community’s water supply and specific aspects within it. Include exploring whether consumers believe the system is failing, and if so, what solutions are trusted to make it better.
- Examine state legislation on asset management, including any previously introduced national legislation.
- Assess trends of construction material for State Revolving Loan Projects. Address whether there is any evidence that American Iron and Steel requirement have or have not reduced the use of iron and steel and increased use of plastics or other materials in SRF projects.
The projects listed above are examples. Other 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, and others could 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
Deadline to Apply: 5 PM ET, March 23, 2018
How to Apply: Please submit a resume plus cover letter discussing at least one project idea. Resumes without the other requested information will not be considered. AWWA staff will review all candidate materials and select a student for this internship.