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March 16, 2018, (718) 595-6600

College Students Encouraged to Apply for Summer Internship Program with the Department of Environmental Protection

DEP Summer Internship Program

100 Internship Positions for Prospective Engineers, Planners, Lawyers and other Professionals

Photos are Available on DEP’s Flickr Page

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today encouraged college students to apply for summer job opportunities through its annual internship program. The program this year is offering 100 internships—the majority of them paid positions—in the fields of engineering, science, technology, planning, sustainability, law, community outreach and more. Those accepted into the 10-week summer internship program will have the chance to work alongside a diverse team of highly skilled DEP employees who operate the nation’s largest municipal water and wastewater utility, and enforce noise and air regulations throughout the five boroughs.

“The summer internship program is a wonderful opportunity for college students to work alongside DEP engineers and scientists as they carry out the essential work of protecting public health and the environment,” said DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza. “I began my career as a summer intern at DEP and the experience was an important first step that positively influenced my career path.”

The intern positions available include summer work associated with New York City’s drinking water distribution system, wastewater treatment facilities, construction and repair projects, community outreach, legal affairs, air quality permitting, sustainability projects, environmental health and safety compliance, graphic design, community outreach, and digitizing nearly two centuries worth of water system archives. The vast majority of the internships are located at DEP headquarters in Queens; three of the positions will be at DEP Archives in Manhattan; and 17 internships are based upstate in the New York City watershed. The upstate summer intern positions are focused on drinking water quality laboratories, water system modeling and research, natural resources management, wastewater collection and treatment, infrastructure planning, and reservoir operations. Information about all internships, including online applications, can be found on the DEP website by clicking here. Follow DEP on LinkedIn to receive the latest updates in all career opportunities.

Prospective interns are encouraged to carefully read the qualifications for each job to determine whether they meet the enrollment, GPA, coursework and other requirements. All applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, April 6.

DEP manages New York City’s water supply, providing more than one billion gallons of water each day to more than 9 million residents, including 8.5 million in New York City. The water is delivered from a watershed that extends more than 125 miles from the city, comprising 19 reservoirs and three controlled lakes. Approximately 7,000 miles of water mains, tunnels and aqueducts bring water to homes and businesses throughout the five boroughs, and 7,500 miles of sewer lines and 96 pump stations take wastewater to 14 in-city treatment plants. DEP has nearly 6,000 employees, including almost 1,000 in the upstate watershed. In addition, DEP has a robust capital program, with a planned $18.9 billion in investments over the next 10 years that will create up to 3,000 construction-related jobs per year. For more information, visit, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

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