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Students can gain valuable experience here at Urban Waters.  Our summer internship program is open to current students and recent graduates from any college or university and is a great introduction to research and working in an academic laboratory setting. Student research assistant positions are available year-round for UW Tacoma students and recent graduates. 


Summer Internship Program

The Center for Urban Waters offers a 10-week summer internship program for students who are interested in environmental science, research, and communications. These paid positions are an excellent opportunity to gain valuable research experience working side-by-side with environmental professionals engaged in significant regional projects.  Currently-enrolled students and recent graduates with strengths in fields such as environmental science and engineering, social sciences, public health, mathematics, GIS, and computer science are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility and Expectations

The Urban Waters Summer Intern Program is open to current undergraduate students and recent graduates from any UW campus, as well as other colleges and universities.  Interns must commit to working a minimum of 160 hours at $15/hour over the course of the summer (mid-June through mid-September). Interns will be required to attend an orientation at the beginning of the internship period.  The summer experience will conclude with an opportunity for interns to present the results of their work at an end-of-term symposium. Interns are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Center for Urban Waters in Tacoma. 

Application Process

The application period typically opens in April. We ask applicants to submit a current resume and a cover letter via email, with a description of their interest in the position and indication of which specific potential project(s) they are interested in. 

Position Descriptions

Interns will be placed within a number of ongoing research activities. Use the menu on the left side of the page to view information about projects our previous interns have worked on. Specific duties will vary depending on the project to which an intern is assigned but may include work in a laboratory, office, or outdoor setting. 


Student Research Assistant Positions

During the academic year, many research opportunities are available in the Center for Urban Waters laboratory for UW Tacoma undergraduate students interested in gaining research experience, earning internship credits, and earning income. 

As a member of our research group, we will provide you with:

  • Access to the laboratory and field equipment and supplies required to conduct research.
  • The opportunity to experience working within a research group comprised of undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral, and professional scientists.
  • The independence to pursue your own interests as your project develops.
  • Potential opportunities to present your results at local, regional, and national conferences.

As a member of our research group, you will be expected to:

  • Take your work seriously, dedicating the time and effort required to complete high-quality research.
  • As your schedule allows, participate in all aspects of the research group, including group discussions, assisting others in their projects, and attending special seminars, etc.
  • Maintain a realistic workload and schedule so that your project will be completed on time.

NOTE: Our research group is based at the Center for Urban Waters in Tacoma, which is approximately two miles from the UW Tacoma campus.  Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Urban Waters.


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