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Expand your career horizons and create a sustainable future in a paid internship

Are you a college or graduate student considering careers that build a sustainable future? King County Wastewater Treatment Division has internship opportunities for you! WTD offers paid summer internships in a wide range of fields that design, build, and operate our regional clean water system. 

WTD’s college and graduate interns create real value for our projects, programs, and agency while getting real world job experience, networking, and learning about water systems. Summer interns join a group of their peers to take training, develop job skills, and complete their own projects.

Interns get exposure to careers and opportunities they might not have imagined before. Participants have used their internships to acquire jobs at their universities, in King County, and elsewhere.

Intern presentations and projects

Check out some presentations and products developed by two of our 2019 interns.

Project video created by Annie Means, 2019 WTD College Intern


Project Story Map created by Kiran Singh, 2019 WTD Graduate Student Intern.

Designing for the future - photo of Jameson Building and link to storymap.
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See examples of current and past summer internships

Note: these internships are for enrolled undergraduate and graduate students.

Comprehensive Planning

Gain infrastructure planning knowledge and experience while working with WTD’s Comprehensive Planning team. They are responsible for the development of long-term plans, studies and activities that ensure that the WTD has the facilities and capacity to collect and treat wastewater from 34 component agencies in the greater Seattle metropolitan area. This intern will work with a mentor to assess how to meet the wastewater treatment needs of growing communities in King County, learn and grow skills in applying planning principals, policy development and regulatory strategy.

Designer/Drafting

Gain drafting knowledge and experience while working in the CAD Designer Team of WTD’s Engineering and Technical Resources (ETR) Unit. Use software (AutoCAD, Revit, Civil 3D, etc.) to generate design drawings, standard details, and 3D models of WTD’s wastewater facilities. Learn how to use a 3D scanner to generate point clouds of WTD facilities and utilize these point clouds within CAD Software. Learn CAD standards, record drawing management, the stages of a capital project workflow and the interaction between project team members.

Director’s Office Communications

Intern will gain knowledge of and experience with how public agencies communicate with other government entities, the public and media. Tasks will include creative content planning, storyboard development, and development of web-based communications content. Deliverables could include social media, blogs, presentations and web content. The intern will work directly with WTD Director’s Office communications staff.

Engineering

Learn how WTD engineers work and perform problem definition, research, concept and alternatives development, cost estimating, construction observation, preparation of construction documents, review and response to submittals and requests for information. Assist a seasoned engineer in the tasks required to respond to the needs of a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) and work with offsite staff at various facilities. Mechanical Instrumentation & Control

Environmental Mitigation & Monitoring Program

Learn how to conduct field vegetation transects in wetland areas and perform follow-up evaluations to verify performance standards have been met at WTD restoration sites. Students may also have opportunities to learn how to operate and install water quality sampling equipment in stream/wetland areas and to evaluate the data using Excel. Depending on timing and future COVID meeting protocols, students will be able to attend online or in-person meetings focused on site restoration/mitigation to learn more about project considerations in restoration design. Students will also learn how sampling data is summarized and included in annual monitoring report submittals as required by local, state, and federal agencies.

Resource Recovery/Sustainability Program

Gain knowledge and experience related to topics of resource recovery, including sustainability, renewable energy, biosolids, and recycled water. The position will gain an understanding of how a large utility incorporates sustainability and climate considerations into planning, infrastructure, and operations. Improve and gain hands on knowledge and experience in various aspects and platforms of communication, project management-to-completion, strategy, diverse audiences, writing, and tools development for Resource Recovery Section programs (sustainability, energy, biosolids, and recycled water).

WaterWorks Grant Program

Learn about WTD’s WaterWorks Grant Program, which funds community investments in clean water, by supporting communications and data management tasks. This position expects interns to gather and create web content as well as perform data updates, analysis of metrics and reports. Help develop and share the stories of WTD’s 200+ grant funded projects around the County and learn and apply data management skills. Assist with public webinars or similar events as needed.

Web Migration/Publishing

Develop web publishing skills using a web content management system (WCMS) and gain experience working in a professional office environment with a project team. This position will specifically assist in the migration and rewriting of agency web content to new templates that are more customer-centric, easier to read, and translated into other languages. WTD staff will provide rewrites of existing content for intern to publish. Some existing content will have minimal changes and the intern would be directed to manage both the rewriting and publishing.

Coal Creek Sewer Upgrade Program Communications

Intern will gain knowledge of and experience with community outreach practices; learn and develop skills in event planning and communications, likely to include creative content planning, storyboard development, direction of video editing, and development of communications content. Intern will spend about half the internship hours working with the team on developing and implementing strategies to improve project accessibility for all populations including those living with disabilities. Deliverables could include virtual tours, presentations for remote meetings, event planning documents and summary of outreach on accessibility elements of the project design. The intern will work with Community Services staff to learn about outreach, participating in remote and in-person events, meetings, and programs, and other related duties as they express interest.

Designer/Drafting

Gain drafting knowledge and experience, working in the Engineering Unit on the CAD Designer Team, within WTD. Utilizing Autodesk software (AutoCAD, Revit, Civil 3D, etc.) to generate design drawings, standard details, and 3D models of Wastewater Facilities. Learn how to use a 3D Scanner to generate point clouds of our facilities and utilize these point clouds within CAD Software. Learn CAD standards and record drawing management. Learn the stages of a capital project workflow and the interaction between project team members.

Engineering

How engineers work and perform their tasks, problem defining and solving, researching, concept and alternatives development, cost estimating, construction observation, preparation of construction documents, review and response to submittals and requests for information. Assist a seasoned engineer in the tasks needed to respond to the needs of the WWTP and offsite staff at various facilities

Puget Sound Nutrient Modeling 

Learn how to apply computer models to real-world applications. Learn to model physical and biological/chemical processes in the environment. Simulate nutrients in Puget Sound to evaluate impact of WTD’s Wastewater Treatment Plant discharges.

Environmental Mitigation & Monitoring Program

Learn how to conduct field transects in wetland areas with follow-up evaluations to determine if performance standards have been met at WTD restoration sites. May also have the opportunity to learn how to operate and install water quality sampling equipment in stream/wetland areas and how to evaluate the data using Excel.  If time permits, will learn about contents and requirements of monitoring reports and sit in on MCIP project meetings focused on site restoration/mitigation so intern can learn more about project considerations in restoration design.