California State University / Environmental Protection Agency Internship Program (for-credit)

This program is under review for renewal.

The California State University (CSU) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 (EPA) to establish cooperation between the two entities, including encouraging students to participate in the environmental fields of study and to help EPA attract a workforce as diverse as the public it serves. Implementation of the MOU activities will promote equal opportunity in EPA's workforce, contribute to CSU's capacity to provide high-quality education particularly in various environmentally related fields of study, and encourage the participation of CSU students and faculty in EPA's programs. CSU's Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) is administering the Program.

This Internship Program offers CSU student volunteer learning opportunities at the EPA in a wide range of discipline areas. It provides students the opportunity to strengthen their leadership, technical, research, communication, networking, and other job skills, as well as allowing the interns to become familiar with the EPA and its structure. Students work closely with a CSU faculty advisor and an EPA mentor to develop an overall learning project plan that will guide the internship. With direction from their faculty advisors, students will be mentored by the EPA directly. This is a for-credit Internship Program only, so no stipend/salary is provided. Internships will be offered each semester/quarter and are on an on-going basis. Most internships will be based at the student's home campus. Interns will be required to submit a final report documenting their experience and project(s) with the EPA and complete a career profile on their EPA mentor that identifies the mentor's requisite skill sets and educational requirements.


Eligibility Requirements:


  • enrolled at a CSU campus at least half time while completing internship
  • minimum GPA of 2.5 (unless the EPA project requires a higher GPA)
  • enrolled in an internship course at a CSU campus during the quarter of your internship


Available Projects:


Project Title Preferred Campus


Interns' Project Reports:


Mark Attarian Humboldt State University
Kiki Cason CSU Fullerton
Lissete Henderson CSU Long Beach
Alejandra Kolbe Arce CSU Northridge
Christopher Ramirez CSU Chico
Emiliya Asenova Rasheva San Francisco State University
Mark Ross Cal Poly Pomona
Alexandria Thornton CSU Monterey Bay


CSU - EPA Internship Checklist

Before Enrollment:

Upon Receiving an Offer by the EPA:

To Earn Internship Credit:

  • Submit your *unofficial transcripts via email, showing enrollment of the course AND again, after final grades have been submitted for your campus, showing that CREDIT was received for the internship course.

  • Meet all course requirements, as detailed by the syllabus of the internship course you are enrolled in.

  • Submit, via email, a *Final Report documenting the EPA experience and/or projects as detailed in the Final Report Instructions. This must be received one week before the end of the quarter.

  • Complete Student Internship Evaluation (will be accessed on-line). This will be sent to the student once the WRPI office has confirmed with the EPA that all project work has been completed at a satisfactory level.

  • Complete a *Career Profile on your EPA mentor and submit to This must be received one week before the end of the quarter. Career Profile Guideline


EPA Internship FAQs

*An item that must be submitted to Kathleen Firstenberg, via email, at


Contact Information

Kathleen Firstenberg, Program Support Assistant

Water Resources Institute, San Bernardino

909-537-3860 (office)