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State of Massachusetts (5) Surface Water Discharge Permitting Program - Student Interns in Boston, Massachusetts

_Project Description_

The EPA National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Program is administered by the EPA. MassDEP administers a parallel Surface Water Discharge (SWD) Permitting Program. Both programs control water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants to surface waters. Point sources include discharges from municipal wastewater treatment facilities, industrial facilities, and stormwater conveyed through pipes. This project will assist the SWD program with day to day operations as well as explore special topics.

_Description of Internship Duties_

  • Prepare draft permits and fact sheets for public notice.

  • Assist permit writers with data analyses and permit management.

  • Keep SWD Permitting Web page up to date.

  • Research relevant wastewater and permitting-related topics, as needed.

_Knowledge and Skills Needed_

· Enrollment in a science based or data related degree program.

· Educational experience with data manipulation and knowledge of basic statistics.

· Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

· Educational experience with technical writing.

Because MassDEP is presently working remotely, candidates will work remotely, until staff return to the office. Candidates will need a computer with Windows 10 and office suite and will be expected to work on their own computers. Candidates will also need to have internet access as a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection may be provided.

_The Value of a MassDEP Internship_

MassDEP’s Volunteer Internship Program creates a “win-win” experience by providing experiential learning for interns while allowing the agency to cultivate a professional, diverse pool of applicants for employment opportunities in the environmental field.

MassDEP’s goal is to provide a growth-oriented opportunity for all interns. Interns will receive invaluable real-world experience, intellectual challenges, problem solving skills and contacts in their field of interest. Interns are considered an integral part of MassDEP.


This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

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Applicants are required to:

  • Be enrolled in a degree program in the Spring 2021; or

  • Has received their degree within one year of their date of graduation

  • Submit a cover letter, application, and resume

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This is an intern contracted position for 22.5 hours per week

$20.00 an hour/undergrad degree

$25.00 an hour/graduate degree



Employees must have the ability to commute to MassDEP Massachusetts locations.

*All job applications must be submitted online through MassCareers to be considered. *

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Please see Preferred Qualifications.

*An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Job: *Environmental and Energy

Organization: *Department of Environmental Protection

Title: (5) Surface Water Discharge Permitting Program - Student Interns

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-1 Winter Street

Requisition ID: 200008GT