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College student collects water for testing from a pump as a Water Well Sample Intern for our summer internships.
A college student collects water for testing as part of the water well sample internship.

The District has a history of excellence in STEM, innovation and sustainability. That’s why our summer internships are an excellent opportunity for enrolled university and technical college students to gain valuable experiences in their field of interest while making an impact in our local communities. Our interns join a team of dedicated people, working together to enhance the quality of water as we recover resources and clean wastewater for return to nature.

“Interning with the District is an opportunity to learn more about sustainability and water quality in a hands-on way,” says Michael Mucha, the District’s Chief Engineer and Director. “Our interns go on to find success in their field and many have returned to continue fulfilling careers with the District.”

Summer interns are enrolled in 2-year or 4-year college programs during the school year – either as an undergraduate (sophomore or above) or graduate student – and work full-time for the District during the summer. Some positions offer the opportunity to work part-time during the academic year.

We offer paid summer internships in a variety of program areas each year.

Planning and Engineering Intern

Planning and engineering interns work in the Engineering or Strategy departments to support infrastructure construction projects, collection system planning and evaluation, geographic information systems (GIS) data management, GIS mapping and engineering records management. The role can include field work like GPS data collection or construction project observation.

Operations and Maintenance Intern

Operations and maintenance interns work with operations engineers and work groups at the plant. These interns learn about water treatment processes and assist in the operation of water pollution control facilities. In addition, they support special projects like operations review and small construction improvement.

Well Water Sample Intern

Well water sampler interns support the District’s Metrogro program and laboratory activities. Interns learn proper sample collection procedures as they collect water samples for chemical and microbiological parameters from homes in Madison and the surrounding areas of Dane County.

Pollution Prevention Engagement Intern

Pollution prevention interns work in the Ecosystems Department to elevate District programs and initiatives, like salt reduction for example. Interns help encourage new actions and change behavior with community members and businesses through outreach, engagement and communication. Interns may also be involved in testing new strategies, implementing pilot programs or designing new outreach activities.

IT / Help Desk Intern

Help Desk interns gain hands-on IT support experience as they work with a wide range of technology. In addition to configuring hardware and software for the District, they respond to user inquiries for assistance and provide technology troubleshooting.

Available opportunities are typically announced in January.