Internship Program

About the Internship Program

Internship Program Objective

At the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water), we consider it part of our public service mission to support and encourage the educational goals of the next generation. The DC Water internship program is designed to expose undergraduate and graduate students to a wide range of career opportunities in the public sector and provide them with valuable professional skills that can be transferred to any occupation or industry.

A Group of DC Water Interns
Interns at DC Water

Internship Program at a Glance

The DC Water internship program consists of both a summer and year-round component.

Summer Internship Program:

College students majoring in the following fields are eligible to participate in a 10-week summer program:

  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Legal Studies
  • Liberal Arts
The summer program includes paid work at DC Water and the opportunity to explore jobs that are in keeping with the participant's area of study. Participants will work 40 hours per week from June to August only.

In addition to being exposed to jobs related to the student's course of study, interns receive professional development training on relevant topics. The summer program also includes field trips designed to help students better understand the work that is done at DC Water, and the impact that work has on Washington DC, and the surrounding areas.

No lodging, meals, transportation or other assistance will be provided.

Year-Round Internship Program

The year-round program is intended for graduate and undergraduate students majoring in the following fields:

  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Legal Studies
  • Liberal Arts
Participants in the year-round program are eligible to work up to 20 hours per week during the school semester and up to 40 hours per week during the summer and on all extended school breaks.

Potential Assignments

Internships are offered in various departments throughout the Authority. Participants could gain experience in:

Department Potential Assignments Preferred Major(s)
Clean Rivers The DC Clean Rivers Project is DC Water's department implementing a $2.6B plan for a tunnel system and green infrastructure to reduce overflows of combined wastewater and stormwater into DC's waterways. Interns may assist on various items associated with the development of this significant infrastructure project including: design documents (drawings and specifications), hydrologic/hydraulic/structural analysis for design, or public outreach events for either (a) the tunnel design team or (b) the green infrastructure team. Engineering (Rising Seniors/Graduate-level Students preferred)
Customer Service Respond to customer service inquiries, schedule payment arrangements, research delinquent billing and research property records Business, Communications, Public Relations, Marketing
Distribution and Conveyance Provide day to day operational assistance in the maintenance and operations of the above ground water and sewer pumping operations and maintenance. Assist with SCADA data analysis and Emergency Management planning. Engineering, Computer Sciences, Business
Engineering & Technical Services Research and collect professional engineering reference material, input data into Geological Information System, update CAD/CAM drawings, and assist in preparing and assembling technical specifications Engineering, Computer Sciences
Emergency Management Assist with emergency management plan developments and research, staff support functions, and incident management activations Emergency Management, Environmental Health, Engineering, Public Health
External Affairs Arrange press kits, prepare press releases, and assist with press conferences, community outreach, DC Water events, newsletter articles, answering customer questions and fulfilling service requests Business, Communications, Public Relations, Marketing
Facilities Develop charts using Microsoft Office, perform special inspections/investigations, attend strategic planning meetings and review drawings and specifications for current projects All
Finance & Budget Reconcile invoices for federal and municipal billings, assist with bank and revenue account reconciliations, review departmental budgets and assist with revenue forecasting Accounting, Finance, Business
Human Capital Management Create and update spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel, create documents using Microsoft Word, filing correspondence, research labor relations topics, and assist with personnel records processing, recruiting, interviewing, and hiring processes Business, Liberal Arts
Information Technology Load software, install hardware, assist help desk with troubleshooting hardware and software problems, and input data using Microsoft Excel or Access Business, Computer Science, Engineering, Liberal Arts
Procurement Monitor contract compliance, respond to pre-award inquiries, research government federal schedules, input data in vendor database, assist with maintaining electronic filing system, evaluate purchase orders, prepare invitations for bid, review request for proposal, and draft cure letters for noncompliance Business (Acquisitions/ Contract management)
Maintenance Services Assist with staff support functions, performance equipment inspections and drawing specification reviews, collect and input data in maintenance management system Engineering, Computer Sciences, Business Business, Liberal Arts
Risk Management Perform disability management/damage verifications, prepare and complete complex risk analysis, develop new calculation methods to analyze risk data, and update vehicle accident reports Business, Liberal Arts
Safety & Security Develop sampling strategies, conduct exposure assessments, and conduct daily audits Engineering, Business
Sewer Services Assist in maintaining modification repair projects on sanitary, storm, and combined sewers, prepare daily and weekly reports, review television inspection tapes, and review and evaluate storm drain sites Engineering, Computer Sciences
Wastewater Treatment Conduct research on biological nutrient recovery, assist with laboratory chemical analysis, monitor wastewater treatment processes, sample effluent, conduct laboratory and field tests, and prepare charts and curves on process control parameters Science & Engineering
Water Quality Lead pipe loop research, perform nitrite test method analysis, and conduct water sampling and provide analysis Engineering
Water Services Provide day to day operational in the maintenance and operations of the linear potable water distribution system including mains, valves, service lines and fire hydrants. Assist with field investigations and emergency repair projects. Engineering, Computer Sciences, Business
Treasury Assist with investment and debt management, compile daily and monthly financial reports, and learn basic treasury/cash functions Business, Finance, Accounting
***These are potential assignments, and are subject to change based on the needs of the department.

Eligibility Requirements

Students who meet the following requirements are eligible to apply for the DC Water internship program:

  • Currently enrolled full time at an accredited college or university
  • Have completed at least the first semester of their sophomore year (At least 45 credit hours complete at the time of application)
  • Have at least a 2.75 grade point average (Year-round interns must maintain a 3.0 GPA for the duration of the program)
  • Provide proof of legal right to work in the United States.
Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

A completed application packet must include all of the following

Online Documents:(The following documents can be uploaded as attachments on the online application).

  • Application
  • Student's resume
  • A typed essay, not to exceed two pages answering the following questions:
    1. Why are you interested in interning at DC Water?
    2. How would an internship at DC Water support your future aspirations?
    3. What knowledge, skills and talents do you believe you can contribute to DC Water if selected for an internship?

Mailed Documents:

  • An official letter of recommendation (Letters can come from your academic advisor, a professor, or program dean. Letters must be submitted in a sealed envelope on letterhead from your college or university with the recommender's signature)
  • Student's official college transcript from the fall 2016 semester

Special note: All documents listed above are required in order to be considered for an internship opportunity.

All required documents must be received by Friday, March 3, 2017!

Please submit completed mailed documents to:

DC Water
Human Capital Management Department
Learning and Development Branch
5000 Overlook Avenue SW, Suite 308
Washington, DC 20032-5397

For additional information contact:

Phone: (202) 787-2220
Fax: (202) 787-2455

The sky's the limit for the many opportunities available for interns at DC Water!

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