DELAWARE WATER RESOURCES CENTER (DWRC) UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIPS IN WATER RESOURCES provide a unique opportunity for undergraduate students and faculty to become directly involved in research and education programs that address water resource related issues of critical importance to Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic region. (Please note that these internships are limited to students enrolled in a university or college in Delaware.)
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The latest application period deadline of March 3, 2016 has passed. This program is now closed until further notice.
2016-17 $3500 DWRC Undergraduate Internship Program
2016-17 Internship Small Poster (1 page, pdf)
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Eligibility: For the spring 2016 application period, all undergraduate students enrolled at any institution of higher learning in the state of Delaware may apply, except for those graduating at the end of the spring 2016 semester. All students must have the active support of a faculty advisor and a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Program Details and Deadlines: The DWRC will pay up to $3500 per undergraduate intern, paid as hours worked at $10 per hour, up to a maximum of 350 hours. Internship projects can be paid only through February 28, 2017, with the final report submitted in April, 2017 at the latest. Interns are also required to participate in a poster session at an undergraduate research conference in April, 2017. Contact faculty, reach an agreement to work together, and identify your topic to investigate. Faculty may not advise more than two interns concurrently and must provide matching funds consistent with DWRC guidelines, usually by committing a percentage of their time to the intern's project. The application deadline for DWRC internships is Thursday, March 3, 2016, 5:00 PM. The online application must be accompanied by a copy of student's current unofficial transcript, current resume mentioning any special skills or experiences such as prior internships, research or education projects and laboratory or technical experiences, and a brief description (1-2 pages) of the research or education project proposed for this internship.
Projects Proposed by Faculty - (Click here to learn about project ideas)
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Check back as these projects will be updated as new project ideas are received by the DWRC.
2016-17 Application - Deadline is Thursday, March 3. 2016, 5:00 PM
Things you will need for completion of the application (you may save your application as a draft and return to finish at a later time):
1) A brief desrciption of the research or education project proposal (detials for writing this are found on the application;
3) Unofficial Transcript
LINKS: (currently disabled since the application period is closed)
UD STUDENTS: Application
NON-UD STUDENTS (first-time users create a new account): Application
Types of Internships, subject to availability of funds or specific project:
All DWRC interns conduct a project consistent with the DWRC’s research and educational interests (listed below) with the support of a faculty advisor from one of our co-sponsor organizations:
UD Water Resources Agency: Internships are supported which focus on water resource policy and management.
UD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources: Projects are suppored to work with faculty in the departments of Animal and Food Sciences, Entomology and Applied Ecology, Applied Economics and Statistics, or Plant and Soil Sciences. For example, an internship in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences could relate soils, plants, and land management to water use and quality.
UD College of Arts and Sciences: Students can conduct internship projects in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Political Science, Pulic Policy, or other subjects closely related to water resources.
UD College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment: Iinternships are supported in the areas of Geography, Geology, Marine Biology and Biochemistry, Marine Policy, Oceanography, or Physical Ocean Science and Engineering.
UD College of Engineering: Projects can be developed in areas such as Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering.
Delaware Geological Survey: Researchers offer internships focusing on hydrogeology, ground water supply, and water quality
Delaware State University: Faculty support internships in the areas of agriculture, natural resources, aquaculture, and aquatic ecology.
DNREC (Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control): Staff in DNREC offices related to water resources occasionally offer internships on topics such as soil and water conservation, water quality, and climate change.
Water resources research and education topics of interest to the DWRC include:
- Water pollutants – their sources, fate, cycling, and transport
- Water supply, demand, and conservation
- Groundwater identification and protection
- Nutrient management and water quality
- Management and control of storm water runoff
- Treatment and re-use of wastewaters
- Protection and restoration of wetlands
- Pathogens, public health, and water quality
- Water resources topics in marine studies
- Water resources policy issues, such as climate change
Interested in a water-related topic not listed here? Questions? Contact Maria Pautler, Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-831-0847.