Internships at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has an ever-increasing need for well trained, qualified professionals in science, technology, and finance to meet the environmental needs of the future. Region 5 has a proud tradition of protecting the environment in the Midwest and our staff has met challenges for over 25 years to make our air, land, and water resources much cleaner than ever before.

With the establishment of an Academic Relations Program in Region 5 in 1992, we promote the understanding and involvement of issues related to the protection of the environment by providing graduate and undergraduate students with the opportunity to work with environmental professionals in developing high-quality studies on priority environmental and program management issues and providing students with basic environmental research work.

Region 5's Academic Relations Program has resulted in its eighth successful year in mentoring the "best and brightest" students throughout the Nation in Region 5. We have supported nearly 500 students from over 40 universities and colleges in the United States, with students also from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Academy Colleges and Universities.

Each of our intern's projects have been developed as a training assignment to enhance their educational awareness in protecting human health, preservation of natural resources, to identify environmental problems that await us in the 21st century, to offer solutions to solve these problems and to ultimately inspire these students to consider environmental careers. Students have participated fully and assisted EPA staff in the development of many of the activities and/or events scheduled in the Region that address our environmental priorities and EPA's national program priorities.

Interested students are to forward their resume with a letter of introduction to The Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) located at 179 South Street in Boston, MA 02111. Over 85% of the students who participate in our intern program are recruited from ECO's database for full/part-time, summer, and year-round internships.

ECO/EPA internships are open to enrolled college undergraduates, recent graduates (not to exceed from a 3 month period from the student's graduation date), and enrolled graduate and law students. ECO and EPA specifically seeks students with academic majors or experience in natural resource management, physical and life sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, computer science and technology, etc.

Intern salaries range from $10.00 to $18.75 an hour. Some interns also receive a travel allowance if their projects requires them to travel. We recruit for summer interns in March/April and make selections in May/June. For additional information on ECO student internships at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, contact:

Ethel Leonara Crisp
Regional ECO Intern Coordinator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Waste, Pesticides and Toxics Division
77 West Jackson Boulevard, DM-7J
Chicago, IL 60604-3590
Phone (312) 353-1442 (direct line)
Fax (312) 353-6519