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The State Water Boards offer 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.

Student Programs

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
  • Transcript
  • Letter of Recommendation (1)
  • Counties of interest
  • Dates of availability

Email your internship application package to

Current Opportunities for Students

To view a complete list of employment and internship opportunities, visit the CalCareers website.

The Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board has an opening in San Luis Obispo, CA for a Student Assistant in the Central Coast Ambient Monitoring Program-Groundwater Assessment and Protection (CCAMP-GAP). This is a one-year paid internship from July 2024-June 2025.

Accepting applications now through July 22, 2024.

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Contact Information

If you have questions regarding internship and volunteer opportunities, please contact

If you have questions regarding employment opportunities, please contact

To reach the Recruitment Team by phone, please call (916) 322-1686.

Connie Bi-On & Daniel Sandoval, Talent Acquisition & Outreach Coordinators
Jagbir Mavi, Recruitment Unit Manager
Jenny Fitzgerald, Talent Acquisition & HR Liaison Section Manager

1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Recruitment Events

Santa Clara University Hiring Now Pop-In
Zoom Online Platform
July 11, 2024
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

UC Davis Virtual Consulting Showcase
Handshake Online Platform
August 27, 2024
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Interested in having the Water Boards do a free virtual info session for your university, program, or student organization?

Contact us at with "Info Session Request" in the Subject line. Information sessions can be tailored to your group's needs.

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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