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WaterTalks Internship Program (LA-V DACIP)

Must be enrolled as a full-time student at eligible institutions to apply and be considered for this internship opportunity

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To build and strengthen relationships with disadvantaged and underrepresented communities in the Los Angeles-Ventura Integrated Regional Water Management Planning (IRWMP) Area, the WaterTalks Internship joins college students with local agencies to assist with engagement, public affairs, and education projects or programs.

The California State University (CSU) and West Basin Municipal Water District/LA County Dept. of Flood Control run the program, and the CSU Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) administers it.

The WaterTalks Internship is supported through the LA-Ventura IRWMP Disadvantaged Communities Involvement Program (DACIP) and Proposition 1 funding from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). The internship, a core component of the three-year DACIP, provides students opportunities to learn about water management and community engagement through professional experience. It also connects students with career opportunities related to water management planning, environmental sustainability, and community organizing. Finally, as students are drawn from local CSUs and community colleges, the internship brings in and benefits members of the watershed who may otherwise be disconnected from the overarching DACIP.

The DACIP is intended to ensure the involvement of disadvantaged communities, economically distressed areas, or underrepresented communities in Integrated Regional Water Management planning. Over three years, the program team will gather a broad understanding of strengths and needs of these communities; they will build a bridge of familiarity between water stakeholders and community members; and they will ensure that solutions to previously documented and newly discovered needs are identified, advanced, and given every opportunity to achieve future implementation funding.

Public agencies and 501(c)3 non-profits will be eligible for the WaterTalks Internship and students will work on a project or program starting in summer 2018.  Using the form below, your agency or non-profit can apply for funded interns to assist with a project or program.  Eligible projects must include activities related to community involvement with water.  This is a broad definition.  The key to it is the involvement, as that is the chief goal of the funding that supports the DACIP.  If you are uncertain if a particular project would qualify, or for any questions regarding any student intern processes or policies, you may contact Miranda Moore, Project Administrative Coordinator at WRPI (

Students from all academic departments can apply. Interest in natural resources management, public policy, environmental science, sociology, and similar fields is necessary for success in the program for both the student and the organization.

Funding level for each student involved in the DACI Program is determined by the project scope. Students may work up to 20 hours per week while school is in session and up to 40 hours per week during breaks. Undergraduate students are paid $13.00/hour, and graduate students are paid $15.00/hour. (For UEC employees with prior CalPERS membership, the total number of hours will be reduced to allocate for CalPERS contributions.) Students are allocated up to $560 per internship for supplies and materials, including local transportation, which students need to complete their projects (to be approved by advisors). No single item may exceed $500, including tax.

Each intern will be required to submit a Final Report in digital format to the CSU WRPI detailing the water-related community engagement, public affairs, or community education activity undertaken. It is expected that in the Final Report, as well as in any future publications, students will explicitly state their affiliation with the WaterTalks Internship Program.

All students must complete an Online Application and submit unofficial transcripts, the Supplies Order Form (if applicable), and the Release of Liability Form.

All agencies must complete an Online Application and Sensitive Position Determination Form.

Applications are available in tandem with open projects. The application link will be made available through campus job boards as requested by project managers.