Water Projects Intern

The Water Projects Intern will be responsible for assisting with projects that engage students in making water conservation decisions and increasing awareness of water sustainability issues at OSU fun, easy, and worthwhile. He or she will be in charge of researching, planning, and putting on water-related events for interested students and community members.

 If you want to learn project and event organizing skills, while gaining first-hand experience launching water related projects, this internship is right for you!

 The Water Projects Intern will have the option of choosing which event they would like to take leadership of:

  • Campus Conservation Nationals
    • Partner with the Energy Projects Coordinator and Energy Projects Intern to coordinate project
    • Organize a student-based committee in the residence halls
    • Coordinate meetings in the residence halls with students, student staff, and faculty
    • Plan small events to capture student participation and interest
    • This project will occur in the Winter Term


  • Rainwater Catchment System
    • Partner with Engineers Without Borders and the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition to learn about the catchment system
    • Create educational materials for the catchment system
    • Work with the Design Coordinator to design the large signs that will accompany the catchment system at the project site
    • This project can be worked on in both the Fall and Spring Terms


  • Fresh From the Faucet Event
    • Work with the other Fresh From the Faucet members to organize the event
    • Organize an educational and interactive campus event to distribute reusable water bottles and raise awareness about the health, environmental, and economic benefits of tap and filtered water.
    • The event will hopefully coincide with OSU's Water Day, which is tentatively May 12th.
  • Combination of Projects
    • The more you would like to do- the better.
    • Work with the Water Projects Coordinator to discuss the feasibility of multiple projects and responsibilities.


However, if the intern has different ideas or interests that would also benefit these projects- there is room for flexibility in the intern’s tasks and responsibilities. We would love to hear your ideas as well!

  • Research, plan, advertise, and execute one or two of the above projects
  • Collaborate with the staff as needed (marketing and design team)
  • Have bi-weekly meetings with the Water Projects Coordinator to plan activities, ask questions, and brainstorm about internship opportunities
  • Keep and edit a worklog with tasks, ideas, and questions for the Water Projects Coordinator to keep track of and others who may need it
  • Perform outreach as needed
  • Attend staff meetings regularly with other interns
  • Tidy up and perform necessary tasks to clean the SSC as necessary
  • Work at least 1-5 hours per week throughout the term (additional hours may be negotiated)
Required Qualifications: 
  • Some understanding of, and interest in, sustainability
  • General project management experience
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team
Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Knowledge of issues related to water and sustainability

-Particularly if you are interested in working on a specific project

  • Event and campaign planning experience
  • Understanding of different ways to create sustainable energy systems
  • Great people skills
  • Interest in contributing to improving both the activities and mechanisms of the SSI
Open to Applications
Employment Dates and Hours: 

This position will work at least 1-5 hours/week for the duration of the internship, with the length of the internship to be negotiated with the supervising staff member.

The SSI will work with the student to secure credit for the internship.
Terms and Conditions: 
Applications are open to students and non-students, but preference will be given to students. In order to be considered a student, the applicant must be enrolled in at least 6 credits at OSU during the internship, during the term prior to the internship, or during the term following the internship. Interns, like all staff, are expected to affirm and uphold University policies that help create and maintain a welcoming and equal opportunity campus. OSU and the SSI do not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status.
Application Instructions: 

Submit a cover letter and resume to the Water Projects Coordinator (ssi.water@oregonstate.edu).

Additional Information: 
For more information about the SSI, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/ssi. Together, applicants and SSI staff will negotiate an appropriate length for the internship. Recommended lengths include: (a) 10 weeks, (b) 21-24 weeks, and (c) 35 weeks.