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Paid Summer Internships


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

  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Human Resources
  • Geology
  • Graphic Design
  • Hydrology/Hydrography
  • Information Technology
  • Environmental Planning
  • Political Science
  • Land Surveying & Mapping
  • Vegetation Management

This Summer Internship Program takes place from June to August and is open to undergrad (Junior/Senior) and graduate students enrolled in an accredited community college or college/university.

Valley Water’s Summer Internship Program provides students interested in water industry careers with relevant work experience to expose them to an organizational public sector and enhance their academic backgrounds. This experience should develop the student's understanding 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 program also gives students the opportunity to recognize their obligations as professionals 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 how Valley Water serves 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 to help improve the program for future participants.


  • Be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate (Junior or above as listed on your transcript) or graduate level community college or college/university program
    • Proof of enrollment will be required prior to start of assignment 
  • Not have participated in the Valley Water Summer Internship Program previously
  • Pass a pre-employment screening process to include reference and background/criminal checks
  • 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 26, 2020 June 15, 2020
End Date Aug. 14, 2020 Sept. 4, 2020
Orientation June 15, 2020 (attendance required)

Application Process

Apply online Jan. 20 -  Feb. 2, 2020
Complete the required online Employment Application 

  • Resume (recommended)
  • 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


February: All applications and supplemental questions are reviewed

March: Managers review top applications and select interview candidates

March-April: Interviews are conducted

  • Local students interviewed in person
  • Non-local students interviewed over the phone or through video chat

April: Offers sent and background checks processed

May: All students will be notified via email if they are selected

Come Meet Us!

Come meet the Valley Water recruitment team and learn more about the summer internship opportunities we are offering.

We will be attending the following career fairs:

  • Saturday, Sept. 14:  BASE Diversity Career Fair at SJSU, 1 - 4 p.m. (Location: Student Union Ballroom C)
  • Saturday, Sept. 27: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at SJSU, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Location: TBD)
  • Friday, Oct. 4: MESA Engineering Program Mock Interviews at SJSU, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Location: TBD)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020: Winter Career Fair at Santa Clara University, 4 -7 p.m. (Locatelli Student Activity Center)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020: UC Santa Cruz Government & Non-Profit Career & Internship Fair, 2 – 5 p.m. (Merrill Cultural Center)
  • Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020: STEM Career and Internship Fair at UC Berkeley, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Recreational Sports Facility, Kleeberger Field House Gym)

Additional Information

  • Participation in the Summer Internship Program does not automatically guarantee full-time employment 

  • Valley Water does not provide medical benefits, vacation pay, or holiday pay as part of the intern program


Can I apply for more than one position?
Yes, you are welcome to apply for more than one position. Application answers should be tailored to each position applied for accordingly.

What if I am interested in a position but cannot be there for an in-person interview?
Phone/Video interviews can be arranged.

Do you offer year-round internships?
Yes, year-long internships are offered at Valley Water.

How long will it take for my application to process?
Please see our timeline as a reference of our application process.


For more information, please contact our Recruitment team via email at [email protected] (Subject: Summer Internship).