Each year the Water Center supports a Virginia Tech student (second-semester sophomore or above) for a semester-long, paid internship. The Water Center envisions the internship as an opportunity for a student to experience learning and work activities that will enhance the student’s knowledge about, and skills useful for, a variety of possible water-related careers. In offering the internship, the Water Center seeks to further its Virginia General Assembly-mandated functions, which include to “disseminate new information and facilitate transfer and application of new technology; …[and] encourage the development of academic programs in water resources management….”
The intern will work approximately 10 hours per week throughout the semester at a variety of tasks at the Water Center offices in Cheatham Hall on the Virginia Tech campus, in water-related labs, or at field sites. The internship may also involve learning experiences from time to time at other locations relevant to water in Virginia, for example, possible visits to government agencies, businesses, or other educational institutions.
Specific intern tasks will be based on the opportunities currently available at the Water Center or elsewhere, in conjunction with specific learning objectives identified collaboratively by the intern and the intern supervisor. Activities will be coordinated by the intern supervisor, but will include experiences with staff, faculty, and graduate students affiliated with the Water Center.
If you have questions about this program, please contact Associate Director Kevin McGuire.
In the spring 2016 semester, Taylor Richmond served as the first student intern for the Water Center. In May 2016, she graduated with a B.S. degree in Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation. Some highlights of her time as the Water Center include attending the NIWR Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.; a visit to the Virginia General Assembly; working on a research project concerning the impacts of coal mining on stream biology; and writing an article for the News Grouper blog. See “A Student Intern’s Discoveries” in the August 2016 Virginia Water Central Newsletter for a complete write-up of Taylor’s experiences at the Water Center.