Public agencies and 501c3 organizations are eligible to participate in a state-funded WRPI Internship. Through the program, students from California State University (CSU) campuses and local community colleges will be available to assist with projects related to water in disadvantaged communities. The WRPI Internship program is supported by Proposition 1 funding from the state of California. The internship provides students opportunities to learn about water management, engineering, and/or community engagement through professional experience. It also connects students with career opportunities related to water management planning, environmental sustainability, and community organizing. Finally, as students are drawn from local CSUs and community colleges, the internship brings in and benefits members of communities throughout California.
Eligible projects must include activities related to community involvement with water. If you are uncertain if a particular project would qualify, you may contact Christina Rodriguez, Internship Manager at WRPI (email@example.com).
Students from all academic departments can apply. Interest in natural resources management, public policy, environmental science, sociology, and similar fields is necessary for success in the program for both the student and the organization.
The WRPI Internship Program grant provides funding of varying amounts, depending upon approved work plan for the project. Undergraduate students are paid $12.50/hour, and graduate students are paid $15.00/hour. (For UEC employees with prior CalPERS membership, the total number of hours will be reduced to allocate for CalPERS contributions.) Students are allocated up to $560 per internship for supplies and materials, including local transportation, which students need to complete their projects (to be approved by advisors). No single item may exceed $500, including tax.
Each intern will be required to submit all assignments to the Project Supervisor as requested.
All students must complete an Online Application, the Supplies Order Form (if applicable), and the Release of Liability Form.
All agencies must complete an Online Application and Sensitive Position Determination Form.
Release of Liability Forms
Travel and Supplies