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SAWPA DCI Internship

WRPI Community Water Internship Program (SAWPA)

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

To build and strengthen relationships with disadvantaged and underrepresented communities in the Santa Ana River Watershed, the Community Water Internship joins college students with local agencies to assist with engagement, public affairs, and education projects or programs.

The California State University (CSU) and the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) run the program, and the CSU Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) administers it.

The Community Water Internship is supported through SAWPA’s Disadvantaged Communities Involvement (DCI) Program and Proposition 1 funding from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). The internship, a core component of the three-year DCI Program, 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 DCI Program.

The DCI Program 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 Community Water Internship, and students will work in pairs on a project at each organization starting in summer 2017.  Using the form below, your agency or non-profit can apply for two 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 DCI Program.  If you are uncertain if a particular project would qualify, you may contact Rick Whetsel, Senior Watershed Manager at SAWPA (, or Miranda Moore, Program Administrative Coordinator at CSUSB WRI ( For questions regarding any student intern processes or policies, you may contact Miranda Moore, Program Administrative Coordinator at CSUSB WRI (

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.

The DCI Program grant provides $4,500 for undergraduate students to work 20 hours per week for a total internship of up to 346 hours at $13.00/hour. Graduate student stipends are funded at $4,500 for up to 300 hours at $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 CSU WRPI Community Water 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.


List of Projects

If you see a project you are interested in and it is not posted at your specific campus, please email Miranda Moore:

Intern Reports

Intern Reports

Student and Major

CSU/CCC Campus Project Title Deliverables
Jose Arroyo Torres CSU San Bernardino Native American Listening Sessions Jose Arroyo Torres Final Report
Ashely Bell Cal Poly Pomona City of Pomona Water Resources Departmen Ashely Bell Final Report
Angelica Escobar CSU Fullerton Kid Healthy Angelica Escobar Final Report
Stephanie Fowler Riverside City College WECAN and BAM Turf Replacement Projects Stephanie Fowler Final Report
Joseph William Tan Garcia UC Irvine Engaging in a Civic Ethnography: Reflections on the WRPI Experience Joseph William Tan Garcia Final Report
Regina Guerre CSU San Bernardino Inland Empire Waterkeeper Clean Camp Coalition Regina Guerre Final Report
Dylan Gunadi UC Riverside City of Lake Elsinore, City Manager Internship Dylan Gunadi Final Report
Priit Kaskla UC Irvine Ethnographically-Inspired Research Design Priit Kaskla Final Report
Mayra Lopez UC Riverside Water Quality Monitoring and Other Projects at Inland Empire Waterkeeper Mayra Lopez Final Report
Anahi Luna UC Irvine An Ethnograhic Needs Assessment: Reflections on the Santa Ana River Watershed Community Water Experiences Project Anahi Luna Final Report
Rimie Marandy CSU San Bernardino Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority Disadvantaged Community Involvement Project Rimie Marandy Final Report
Paulina Maria Mejia UC Irvine Community Listening Sessions Throughout the Santa Ana Watershed Paulina Maria Mejia Final Report
Daniella Moncayo Cal Poly Pomona Youth Landscape Education Family & Communtiy Self-Guided Field Trip Daniella Moncayo Final Report
Loanne Nguyen & Cindy Puga CSU Fullerton Microbial Source Tracking in the Santa Ana Watershed Loanne Nguyen & Cindy Puga Final Report
Marco Ospina UC Berkeley City of Pomona - Water Resources Department Marco Ospina Final Report
Kiera Peck CSU Long Beach Kid Healthy Kiera Peck Final Report
Danielle Peltier UC Riverside Overview of Projects at Waterkeeper Danielle Peltier Final Report
Claudia Ramirez CSU Long Beach Shower Ministry Project Claudia Ramirez Final Report
Michelle Shanahan Cal Poly Pomona Conservation Design Internship - Native Landscape Design Program Michelle Shanahan Final Report
Haydee Yonamine UC Irvine Santa Ana Watershed Community Water Ethnography Haydee Yonamine Final Report
Will Glasband CSU Fullerton Communications Internship at Orange County Coastkeeper Will Glasband Final Report
Kyla Foreman UC Riverside Community-based Research within the Santa Ana River Watershed Kyla Foreman Final Report
So Eun Kim UC Riverside Waterwise Community Center So Eun Kim Final Report
Guadalupe Heredia UC Irvine Community Water Internship at Orange County Coastkeeper Guadalupe Heredia Final Report
Alejandro Cerano-Lopez Cal Poly Pomona Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority Internship Alejandro Cerano-Lopez Final Report

Laura Rodriguez Pinto

Mt. San Antonio College

Conservation Programs at the Waterwise Community Center at Chino Basin Water Conservation District Laura Rodriguez Pinto Final Report
Kathryn Franklin Riverside City College Sustainable Food Production Education Internship Kathryn Franklin Final Report
Royce Li Riverside City College Sustainable Food Production Education Internship Royce Li Final Report
Briana Villaverde UC Irvine Community Engagement in the Santa Ana Watershed Briana Villaverde Final Report
Paulina Mejia UC Irvine Community Water Conversations throughout the Santa Ana Watershed Paulina Mejia Final Report
Paulina Mejia UC Irvine Outreach and Public Affairs Internship Paulina Mejia Final Report
Josue Romero CSU Fullerton Using Microbial Source Tracking at the Santa Ana Watershed Josue Romero Final Report
Aida Araujo UC Irvine Communities Organizing for Better Water Project Aida Araujo Final Report
Nathalie Carrillo Munoz CSU Fullerton Orange County Coastkeeper Nathalie Carrillo Munoz Final Report
Cindy Puga CSU Fullerton Microbial Source Tracking at the Santa Ana Watershed Cindy Puga Final Report
Samantha Crippen UC Riverside Mapping Oyster Distributions along the West Coast Samantha Crippen Final Report
Rimie Marandy CSU San Bernardino Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority Disadvantaged
Community Involvement Project
Rimie Marandy Final Report
Tanya Uribe Cal Poly Pomona Internship at the the Waterwise Community Center Tanya Uribe Final Report