Water Policy Internship, Interstate Council on Water Policy


Job Title: Water Policy Internship

Organization: Interstate Council on Water Policy

Duties: Interns will work with a supervisor to select one or more projects based on her/his interests and
skills. The list below is not comprehensive, but provides some example projects:

  • Aging Water Infrastructure—The intern may review state approaches to providing compelling arguments to state legislatures on the needs and risks associated with aging water resources infrastructure. Innovative state funding methods or solutions are also of interest.
  • Use of outside funding (grants, foundations, etc.) by interstate river basin organizations—The intern may look into different funding models that ensure the receiving organization continues to work on their core mission and not be overly influenced by those providing outside funding.
  • Additionally, the intern could look generally into other expanded financial options for river basin organizations.
  • Climate change and state water planning—The intern may review state water plans and provide an analysis of the states whose water plans address extreme events and/or adaptive management strategies for climate change.
  • Indemnification clauses—The intern may review the 50 state constitutions to identify ones wit indemnification clauses that would prohibit the state from signing current versions of the USACE’s Program Partnership Agreement contracts.
  • ICWP’s Congressional Directory—The intern may update ICWP’s Congressional Directory that shows committee assignments and members serving on authorizing and funding committees of water related agencies/topics for the minority and majority in the Senate and House of Representatives.
  • ICWP Streamgaging—The intern may support ICWP’s streamgaging advocacy with a focus on better communicating the importance of the network to a broad constituency and/or assisting with annual stakeholder support letters.
  • Water planning agencies—The intern may develop a comprehensive list of water planning agencies across the nation including contact information for the manager of each. A review of state water plans for flood response content could also be accomplished.

Qualifications: Preferred Education: Seniors or Graduate students in natural resources, planning, or water policy-related field.

ICWP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of any
non-job related factor. Visit http://www.icwp.org to learn more about ICWP.

Start/End dates: Spring 2021 may be extended based on availability or interest

Salary/pay: Unpaid

How to apply & application deadline: To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to ICWP Executive Director Sue Lowry at sue@icwp.org by 5:00 PM Eastern on January 15, 2021.