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Research Project Description

Environmental Laboratories and Water Decontamination
Internship Program Opportunity
Office of Water
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Washington, DC

EPA Water 2014-297

Project Description:

A postgraduate internship project is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water in Washington, D.C. The internship will be served with the Water Security Division (WSD).

WSD is primarily responsible for implementing activities to assist water utilities (drinking water and wastewater) in protecting their infrastructure from service interruptions and increasing their response times caused by all hazards events, such as  natural disasters (hurricanes, floods, fires, etc.), accidents, and intentional acts (e.g. terrorist attacks).

This project focuses on developing and organizing a decontamination tabletop exercise for water utilities. The tabletop exercise will be geared towards enhancing preparedness and providing awareness to water utilities before and after a chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) contamination event. The participant will have an opportunity to be involved in various activities that support the expansion of chemical related analysis across the nation’s environmental laboratories.

The participant will have the opportunity to experience the development of technical and programmatic materials in support of WSD’s Water Laboratory Alliance; a network of national laboratories capable of processing a surge of analytical samples and issues related to drinking and wastewater decontamination. The participant will continue his/her education and enhance their professional development by learning about the tools and training needed for analytical support and water decontamination issues.

The participant will gain experience in project design, strategic planning, project management, and technical guidance construction, and in the development of tools and training needed to promote the water sector’s preparedness and resiliency.

Through this internship, the selected participant will gain valuable skills developing tools and guidance documents aimed at protecting water utilities from water contamination events.


Applicants must have received a master’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry or an engineering discipline within five years of the desired state date, or must be a student currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university pursing a graduate degree. Proof of enrollment will be required each semester.

This program is open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran. U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status is preferred (but can also hold an appropriate visa status, however, an H1B visa is not appropriate). The intern must show proof of health and medical insurance. The intern does not become an EPA employee.

The appointment is for one year and may be extended depending on the availability of funds. The intern will receive an annual stipend up to $85,000. Housing, transportation and relocation costs will not be paid. Additional funds may be available for project-related travel and training.

Technical Questions:

The EPA contact person for this project is Patricia Tidwell-Shelton. She can be contacted at

How to Apply:

An application can be found at Please reference Project #EPA Water 2014-297 when calling or writing for information.