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Paid Summer Internships

Paid summer internships

The Santa Clara Valley Water District offers 40 paid summer internship opportunities ($18.17 per hour) in various disciplines, such as: 

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Finance
  • Geology
  • Hydrology/Hydrography
  • IT and Computer Science Technology
  • Planning (Environmental/Urban)
  • Political Science

The duration of this Summer Internship Program is between June and August and is open to students enrolled in an accredited community college, university or college undergrad (Junior and Senior) or graduate program, and must be enrolled in the Fall 2018 session.

The Summer Internship Program provides students with a work experience to give him/her a realistic exposure to an organizational public sector environment as well as to provide students seeking careers in the water industry an opportunity to enhance their academic background. This experience should develop the student's awareness of the internal dynamics of an organization and of the value and attitudes of public employees to both their clientele and their administrative-political superiors. The internship also gives the student the opportunity to become aware of his/her obligations as a professional and to the public.

In addition, interns are assigned mentors, receive professional development training, participate in networking events, attend meetings with executives, and tour a water treatment plant and water quality lab. Interns are expected to prepare a Capstone presentation at the end of their internship.

This program is designed to broaden the intern’s knowledge of the Santa Clara Valley Water District and how we serve our community. To ensure the Summer Internship Program remains beneficial to the district and interns, ongoing feedback will be solicited on the program’s effectiveness which will help improve the program for future participants.

Internship opportunities are available in four business areas of the district: Administration, Water Utility, Watersheds and External Affairs.


  • Be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate (Junior or Senior) or graduate level community college or college/university program and not have participated in the district’s Summer Internship Program in past years
  • Be enrolled in the Fall 2018 session 
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher 
  • Pass a pre-employment screening process to include reference checks and a background/criminal check 
  • Proof of enrollment will be required prior to start of assignment 
  • Be able to work full-time (40 hours/week) during the Summer Internship Program (June to August)


Summer Internship
Program Schedule 

 Semester Students
(12 weeks)

Quarter Students
(12 weeks)

Start Date May 29, 2018 June 18, 2018
End Date Aug. 17, 2018 Sept. 7, 2018
Orientation June 18 2018 (attendance required)

Application Process

Apply online Jan. 22 -  Feb. 4, 2018
Complete the required online Employment Application 

  • Resume required
  • Include a PDF of unofficial transcript of all institutions attended
  • Provide responses to the Supplemental Questions listed in the online application

Please note:

In the work experience section of the online application, school projects, volunteer and extracurricular activities may be included in lieu of work experience

The schedule above may be subject to change

Additional Information

  • Participation in the Summer Internship Program does not automatically guarantee full-time employment 
  • The district does not provide medical benefits, vacation pay, or holiday pay as part of the intern program


For more information, please contact the Santa Clara Valley Water District Recruitment Hotline at:  (408) 630-2260, or email [email protected].