WRPI Community Water Internship Program (SAWPA)

Must be enrolled as a full-time student at eligible institutions to apply and be considered for this internship opportunity.

To build and strengthen relationships with disadvantaged and underrepresented communities in the Santa Ana River Watershed, the Community Water Internship joins college students with local agencies to assist with engagement, public affairs, and education projects or programs.

The California State University (CSU) and the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) run the program, and the CSU Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) administers it.

The Community Water Internship is supported through SAWPA’s Disadvantaged Communities Involvement (DCI) Program and Proposition 1 funding from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). The internship, a core component of the three-year DCI Program, provides students opportunities to learn about water management and 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 the watershed who may otherwise be disconnected from the overarching DCI Program.

The DCI Program is intended to ensure the involvement of disadvantaged communities, economically distressed areas, or underrepresented communities in Integrated Regional Water Management planning. Over three years, the program team will gather a broad understanding of strengths and needs of these communities; they will build a bridge of familiarity between water stakeholders and community members; and they will ensure that solutions to previously documented and newly discovered needs are identified, advanced, and given every opportunity to achieve future implementation funding.

Public agencies and 501(c)3 non-profits will be eligible for the Community Water Internship, and students will work in pairs on a project at each organization starting in summer 2017.  Using the form below, your agency or non-profit can apply for two funded interns to assist with a project or program.  Eligible projects must include activities related to community involvement with water.  This is a broad definition, the key to it is the involvement, as that is the chief goal of the funding that supports the DCI Program.  If you are uncertain if a particular project would qualify, you may contact Matthew Howard, Watershed Manager at SAWPA (mhoward@sawpa.org), or Christina Rodriguez, Internship Manager at WRPI (chrodrig@csusb.edu). For questions regarding any student intern processes or policies, you may also contact Yvette Castellanos, Project Coordinator, at yvette.castellanos@csusb.edu

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 DCI Program grant provides $4,500 for undergraduate students to work 20 hours per week for a total internship of up to 360 hours at $12.50/hour. Graduate student stipends are funded at $4,500 for up to 300 hours at $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 a Final Report in digital format to the CSU WRPI detailing the water-related community engagement, public affairs, or community education activity undertaken. It is expected that in the Final Report, as well as in any future publications, students will explicitly state their affiliation with the CSU WRPI Community Water Internship Program.

All students must complete an Online Application and submit unofficial transcripts, the Supplies Order Form (if applicable), and the Release of Liability Form.

All agencies must complete an Online Application and Sensitive Position Determination Form.

List of Projects

If you see a project you are interested in and it is not posted at your specific campus, please email

chrodrig@csusb.edu to express your interest.


Supervisor Responsibilities

Intern Responsibilities

Student Recruitment and Hiring Process


Application Materials

Agency Application

Sensitive Position Determination Form (SPDF)

Intern Application


Release of Liability Forms:


CSU San Bernardino

CSU Fullerton

Cal Poly Pomona

California Community Colleges

UC Irvine

UC Riverside

Getting Paid

How CSU Fullerton/California Community College students get hired and paid

How CSUSB students get hired and paid

Student Employee Timesheet

Paylocity Registration Instructions

Paylocity Instructions Webinar

Payroll Calendar 2019

Signature Authorizaton Form


Travel and Supplies

Mileage Reimbursement Form (2019)

Submitting Mileage Claims

Supplies Order Form

Ordering Supplies

Intern Reports

Final Report Instructions


Student and Major CSU/CCC Campus Project Title Deliverables
Ashely Bell Cal Poly Pomona City of Pomona Water Resources Department Ashley Bell Final Report
Angelica Escobar CSU Fullerton Kid Healthy Angelica Escobar Final Report
Stephanie Fowler Riverside City College WECAN and BAM Turf Replacement Projects Stephanie Fowler Final Report
Joseph William Tan Garcia UC Irvine Engaging in a Civic Ethnography: Reflections on the WRPI Experience Joseph William Tan Garcia Final Report
Regina Guerre CSU San Bernardino

Inland Empire Waterkeeper

Clean Camp Coalition

Regina Guerre Final Report
Dylan Gunadi UC Riverside City of Lake Elsinore, City Manager Internship Dylan Gunadi Final Report
Priit Kaskla UC Irvine Ethnographically-Inspired Research Design Priit Kaskla Final Report
Mayra Lopez UC Riverside Water Quality Monitoring and Other Projects at Inland Empire Waterkeeper Mayra Lopez Final Report
Anahi Luna UC Irvine An Ethnograhic Needs Assessment: Reflections on the Santa Ana River Watershed Community Water Experiences Project Anahi Luna Final Report
Daniella Moncayo Cal Poly Pomona

Youth Landscape Education

Family & Communtiy Self-Guided Field Trip

Daniella Moncayo

Final Report

Loanne Nguyen & Cindy Puga CSU Fullerton Microbial Source Tracking in the Santa Ana Watershed Nguyen & Puga Final Report
Marco Ospina UC Berkeley City of Pomona - Water Resources Department Marco Ospina Final Report
Kiera Peck CSU Long Beach Kid Healthy Kiera Peck Final Report
Danielle Peltier UC Riverside Overview of Projects at Waterkeeper Danielle Peltier Final Report
Claudia Ramirez CSU Long Beach Shower Ministry Project Claudia Ramirez Final Report
Haydee Yonamine UC Irvine Santa Ana Watershed Community Water Ethnography Haydee Yonamine Final Report