Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

All applications must be submitted online at SDCWA . Select the applicant Login link for access and instructions. The link can also be found on the home page of our website You will be submitting your application to the Internship Selection Committee composed of public and private water and wastewater agencies and local community colleges.

What are the application requirements?

Complete and submit your application. Incomplete applications are not considered. The conditions of the internship require a security background check, valid California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under agencies' vehicle insurance policy, passing the pre-employment physical, and satisfactory employment authorization documentation, and enrollment in water/wastewater technology courses at either Cuyamaca College or Palomar College.

What is the water and wastewater industry?

The water and wastewater industry includes water supply, treatment, and distribution systems. These systems supply water to homes, schools and businesses. Wastewater collection and treatment facilities remove chemicals and other pollutants from used water, then return clean water to streams, rivers and oceans.

Why work in the water and wastewater industry?

The demand for a safe and reliable supply of water continues to grow. This means good opportunities for jobs today and in the future. Working in the water and wastewater industry, you can make an important contribution to the community and environment.

How much will I be paid?

Interns will be paid $12 an hour for a maximum 27-hour workweek.

How much does the internship program cost?

Students pay for tuition, books, and safety work boots.

Where do I work?

Interns will work in 4 different water and wastewater agencies located throughout San Diego County over the course of the year.

What is the work environment?

Interns will work in field and office environments with mentors, co-workers, and supervisors. Work may be physically challenging. See the application for more information on work environment and physical demands.

Will I have a job when I finish the internship?

Interns meet potential employers during the internship year and at the graduation event. There is no guarantee that there will be a job waiting for you at the end of the internship.

If I am offered a job during the internship, what should I do?

Accept the position, and then call the Internship Program Administrator to let them know of your success. You do not have to continue in the internship program if you take the job. You are encouraged to continue your courses in water / wastewater technology.

What is the program schedule?

The internship program begins one week before the start of fall classes and ends one week following the end of spring classes. See the program calendar for a more detailed schedule.

What does it take to be successful in the internship program?

Maintain a C or better average in water and wastewater technology courses and a satisfactory performance with each internship provider, completing all four career experience modules.

How can I meet future employers?

You will meet potential employers as you work with the internship providers..

Who sponsors the internship?

The San Diego County Water Authority joined together with regional water agencies, community colleges, and private sector partners to develop the internship program.



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