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The State Water Boards offers exciting internship opportunities. If you are interested in mentoring with professionals whose mission is to preserve, enhance and restore the quality of California’s water resources, this is an opportunity for you.

The State Water Boards’ Internship Program offers both paid and non-paid internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students of all majors and backgrounds.

These programs are designed to provide students who have an interest in California’s water resources with practical, real-world experience. Our internships may qualify for academic credit and are coordinated between the student and school. Interns' hours vary and are dependent on the needs of the Water Boards and the intern.

If you are a student interested in water resources, an internship position with the Water Boards may be just what you are looking for.

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Intern with the Water Boards!

The Water Boards' are seeking undergraduate and graduate talent of all majors and backgrounds who have an interest in California’s water resources. The Water Boards are responsible for monitoring water quality, ensuring safe drinking water, developing polices and permits to protect all uses of water, and providing financial assistance to protect the public and environment.

To apply for a nonpaid (volunteer) internship at the Water Boards, please submit the following:

  • STD 678 Job Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Letter of Recommendation (1)
  • Counties of interest
  • Dates of availability

Email your internship application package to

Recruitment Events

San Jose State University
Fall '22 Business, Financial Services & Logistics Job/Internship Fair
September 13th, 2022
In-Person, 12 pm - 5 pm

University of Nevada, Reno
STEM Career and Internship Fair
September 14th, 2022
In-Person, 10 am - 2 pm

Long Beach State University
Engineering and Technology Career Fair
September 14th, 2022
In-Person, 12 pm – 4 pm

Chico State University
Technical Career Fair
September 15th, 2022
In-Person, 11:30 am - 3:30 pm

UC Merced
Fall 2022 UC Merced Career & Internship Fair
September 27th, 2022
In-Person, 11 am - 2 pm

CSU Dominguez Hills
2022 Fall Business, Government & Technology Fair
October 5th, 2022
In-Person, 12 pm - 3 pm

Stanford University
Job and Internship Fair
October 12th, 2022
In-Person, 9 am - 2 pm

UC Davis
Job and Internship Fair
October 12th, 2022
In-Person, 10 am - 2 pm

UC Irvine
STEM Career Fair
October 13th, 2022
In-Person, 10 am - 2 pm

University of Redlands
Job and Internship Fair
October 18th, 2022
In-Person, 9 am - 2 pm

CSU Bakersfield
Job and Internship Fair
October 18th, 2022
In-Person, 9 am - 2 pm

Cal State Fullerton
Stem and Internship Fair
October 19th, 2022
In-Person, 3 pm - 5:30 pm

Sacramento State University
Fall 2022 Engineering & Computer Science Career Fair
October 21st, 2022
In-Person, 9 am - 2 pm

UC Berkeley
2022 Fall Civil & Environmental Engineering
October 26th, 2022
In-Person, 4 pm - 7 pm

Oregon Institute of Technology - Klamath Falls Campus
Fall 2022 Engineering & Technology Fair -
November 9th, 2022
In-Person, 1 pm - 4 pm

Joaquin Esquivel

“It’s because of the formative opportunities internships have provided me that I’m excited to see the Water Boards develop a focused program,” said State Water Resources Control Board Member E. Joaquin Esquivel. “Like many sectors, the water sector is facing a tidal change as retirements multiply and challenges filling critical positions grow. I see this program as a first step to greater engagement by the Boards in workforce development challenges sector wide.

“Although it’s a benefit for us as an agency to have new bright minds at the Boards, the program is designed first and foremost to meet the needs of the students,” Esquivel said. “The work at the Water Boards is diverse, demanding and crucial to so many Californians. With a successful initial cohort, I’m hopeful the program will continue to expand the number of paid opportunities in future years."

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Anthony Hardin, Internship Coordinator
1001 I Street, 18th floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Zelene Molina, Outreach Coordinator
1001 I Street, 18th floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Janine Albertoni, Recruitment Coordinator
1001 I Street, 18th floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Daniel Del-Mazzio, Talent Acquisition Manager
1001 I Street, 18th floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

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