Internships provide you with valuable industry insights about your future career. Not only do these professional work experiences provide opportunities to develop skills in the workplace, but they may also be paid.

Undergraduates are encouraged to complete an internship. The required capstone project for MS Professional Science students is an internship at a water-related entity. You’ll work in the field, building scientific and business skills and growing a professional network to advance your career in water.

Here are where previous students have interned:

Government Agencies and NGOs

  • Alaska Bureau of Land Management, Stream Restoration Intern
  • City of Bayside, Communications and GIS Intern for Citizen Engagement
  • City of Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office, ECO/Water Harvesting Intern, Green Infrastructure Intern
  • City of Racine Health Department, Research Assistant, Water Quality Intern
  • City of Racine Water Utility, Commissioner and Chair of Public Works Committee
  • City of South Milwaukee, Stormwater & Engineering Intern
  • Madison Public Health Department, Public Health Educator
  • Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Freshwater Resources Co-op, Water Resources Specialist
  • NewWater, Water Resources Technician
  • Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, Environmental Planning Technician North Shore Water Commission, Drinking Water Treatment Intern
  • SODIS Bolivia, Environmental Engineer & Water Quality Outreach Specialist
  • US Army Corps of Engineers, Pathways Internship Program
  • Waukesha County Land Conservancy, Stewardship Intern
  • Wisconsin Sea Grant, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources: Wastewater Management, Fisheries, Stormwater Planning, Air Management 

Non-Profit Organizations

  • Alliance for the Great Lakes, Watershed Outreach Intern
  • Alliance for Water Stewardship, North America Standard Implementation Intern
  • Clean Wisconsin, Intern Riveredge Nature Center, Sturgeon Curriculum and Outreach Specialist
  • Harbor District, Inc., Waterfront Researcher, Hotel Habitat Intern
  • Milwaukee Riverkeeper, Water Quality Monitoring Intern, Adopt-A-River Assistant Coordinator
  • Milwaukee Community Service Corps, Freshwater Intern
  • The Nature Conservancy, Groundwater/Surface Water Intern
  • Reflo, Green Infrastructure Intern
  • Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Watershed Planning Strategist
  • Urban Ecology Center, Land Stewardship & Green Infrastructure Researcher
  • YMCA Camp Minikani, Aquatic Ecology Environmental Educator

Private Sector

  • Badger Meter, Facilities Intern
  • Covance, Senior Research Analyst
  • Enlightened Brewing Company, Microbiologist Intern
  • Great Lakes Environmental Center, Water Quality Intern
  • Natural Resource Technology, Environmental Technician
  • Pentair Water Purification, Research & Development Engineering Co-op; Microbiology Co-op; Project Manager
  • Plymouth Springs Fish Co., Fish Farm Intern
  • RA Smith National, Wetlands Ecologist
  • Veolia North America, Laboratory Intern
  • Xcel Energy, Environmental Intern for Water Division: Oil Spill Prevention Plans