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Washington Applied Sustainability Internship

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March 22, 2023

The Washington Applied Sustainability Internship (WASI) program is a summer internship program designed to link dedicated engineering, chemistry, sustainability and environmental sciences students with business and industry in Washington. Interns research identified pollution prevention opportunities at a Host Business to analyze, recommend, and/or implement process changes to find and use safer chemical alternatives, reduce hazardous and solid wastes, conserve energy and water, reduce water contaminants and emissions, increase efficiency and cost savings, and improve employee health and safety. These pollution prevention internship projects will benefit Washington’s waterways and other natural resources.

Washington Sea Grant (WSG) and the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) administer the program in tandem. Individual Interns work for a Host Business and will have access to technical advisors at Ecology. The program is partially funded by the EPA Pollution Prevention Grant.

The 2023 Host Businesses are:

  • Wilcox Farms, Inc
  • Sekisui Aerospace
  • Canyon Creek Cabinet Company
  • Boeing

As an WASI intern 

You will be matched with a Washington state business to create sustainability solutions for industry practices. During this 10-week internship, you will conduct research that can help improve efficiency, save money, and prevent/reduce waste. Project topics might include energy or water audits, toxics reduction, green chemistry, and life cycle assessment. Read the Host Businesses Project Descriptions very carefully to determine which project best suits your interests, skills and knowledge.

Additionally, you will benefit from:

  • Hands on experience in project development and management
  • Collaboration with industry
  • Mentorship by an WASI engineer or scientist
  • Communicating science to interdisciplinary audiences

Internship applications open March 13th and are due April 21st. 

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