Student intern
Student intern
Sean Lybeck-Smoak 
Clean Energy and Clean Water Internship Coordinator

NOTE: Internships continue to be added and removed as they are filled. Check Student Information below to be notified of new internships.

The College of Engineering & Applied Science is partnering with top local companies to create and provide 43+ flexible, paid industry internships in the high-demand fields of clean energy and clean water. This new program is available through the “Engineer Workforce Development in Clean Energy and Clean Water” project, sponsored by the Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) internship program and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD). Internships will primarily focus on STEM-related fields. Opportunities for other majors will also be considered. 

UWM is actively recruiting employers to become industry partners with the Clean Energy and Clean Water Internship Program.  Please review the information below and email Sean Lybeck-Smoak, the program coordinator, at to start a partnership conversation.  

Important Clean Energy and Clean Water Internship Program Highlights: 

  • Interns at no cost to your company. UWM secured a WFF grant from DWD to fund 43+ undergraduate and graduate internships by June 2024. The purpose of the program is to create more paid internship opportunities and talent pipelines in the high-demand fields of the clean energy and clean water industries in Wisconsin.    
  • Each intern is allotted 250 hours to work with industry partners on related projects. Interns will earn $20 per hour, paid by the grant. This is a 3+ month experience at 20 hours per week, a 4.5-month experience at 15 hours per week, or a 6-month experience at 10 hours per week. Interns may work a maximum of 24 hours per week in fall/spring terms. Actual internship hours will vary and depend upon the placement site, student course schedule, and individual circumstances. 
  • Industry partners may seek one or multiple interns between now and June 2024. At the end of the sponsored internship experience, industry partners are encouraged to explore whether the student would be a good fit for opportunities with the company and their talent pipeline needs. 
  • Interns are represented by a variety of degree programs. Over 200 students (undergraduate and graduate) have already expressed interest in the program! While most come from engineering, computer science, and other science programs, we have also received interest from students of other degree programs across UWM. 

Requirements to become an industry partner: 

  • The industry partner should have a significant presence in Wisconsin. 
  • UWM collects a program contract that outlines basic obligations/understandings between the industry partner and UWM and verifies that the organization is in good standing with state agencies in Wisconsin. 
  • Provide initial internship position descriptions. 
  • Host UWM for a brief site visit to strengthen the partnership. Site visits are approximately 30-45 minutes and include a conversation plus a tour of the spaces where the intern will be working. 
  • Contact Sean Lybeck-Smoak at for more information. 

The College of Engineering & Applied Science is continuously developing new industry partners (companies in Wisconsin) to create and provide 43+ flexible, paid industry internships in the high-demand fields of clean energy and clean water.  

These internships are funded through the Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) grant from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD). The internships will be primarily STEM-focused, with potential internship opportunities for other degree programs. 

Benefits for students: 

  • Open to freshmen through graduate-level students. 
  • Higher-than-average intern salary of $20/hour. 
  • 250-hour part-time internships during the Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 terms.   

Stay informed of opportunities: 

  • Internship opportunities will be published in Handshake on a rolling basis through the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters. 
  • Complete the student interest form to be added to the position announcement email list. Students who have applied to a CECW internship are automatically included on the email list for future opportunities. 
  • Check the College of Engineering & Applied Science employer page on Handshake for a list of open internship opportunities. Opportunities change often, so check the list regularly. 

Prepare for the application process: 

The application process for each internship is competitive. Students should make sure their resume is well formatted with targeted content. UWM’s Center for SET offers resources and support through their career communities, both online and in-person. Resumes will be screened prior to being sent to industry partners. 

Special thanks to our current industry partners who have already created the following internship opportunities in Wisconsin! Check back for updates as more internships are created. 

Advanced Ionics Internships
• Data Scientist Intern
• Materials Science
A.O. Smith Internships
• Water Treatment Engineering Intern
• Electronics Engineering Intern
• Sensors Engineering Intern
• Materials Science Engineering Intern
• Thermal and Materials Engineering Intern
Arch Solar Internships
• Operations Intern (2)
Clarios Internship
Lead Acid Battery Engineering Lab Intern
RPI Internships
• Electrical Engineering Intern (4)
• Marketing Coordinator Intern
The Water Council Internship
• Water Technology Cluster Data Internship