Field Reconnaissance of Hoopes Reservoir

University of Delaware Water Resources Center (DWRC) undergraduate internships in water resources are administered through the Institute for Public Administration (IPA) in the Biden School of Public Policy & Administration. DWRC internships provide a unique opportunity for undergraduate students, faculty, and scientists to be directly involved in research and education that address the critical water resources issues of the day in Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic region.

DWRC Undergraduate Internship Program 2024-25 Application

Eligibility: For the spring 2024 application period, all undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, or Delaware Technical and Community College may apply, except for those graduating at the end of the spring 2024 semester. All students must have the support of a faculty or scientist advisor and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Program Details and Deadlines: Supported by the Water Resources Research Act of 1964 and 1984 through the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Geological Survey, the DWRC will pay up to $4,000 per undergraduate intern, paid as hours worked up to a maximum of 300 hours. Internship projects are expected to start with the fall semester in September 2024 and will be paid through May 30, 2025 with the final research report and poster presentation presented to the DWRC Advisory Panel in May 2025. Some students may begin during the summer 2024 with the support of their research advisor.

To apply for this program, you must establish a water research topic and project with your school’s faculty or scientist advisor and agree to work on this research topic over the Fall (2024)/Spring (2025) semesters. Bundle the application, transcript, resume, and one page research proposal as a single pdf and submit by email to Martha Narvaez at and Gerald Kauffman at by Monday, April 15, 2024 at 5:00 pm.

1. DWRC Undergraduate Internship Program 2024-25 Application (pdf)
2. Copy of current unofficial transcript
3. Current resume mentioning any special skills or experiences such as prior internships, research or education projects and laboratory or technical experiences.
4. Brief description (1 page) of the research project proposal

Water faculty and scientists who may wish to advise your research are listed at and

For questions, please contact Ms. Martha Narvaez at

DWRC Water Research Internships 2021-2022/ Research Projects (pdf)

DWRC Water Research Internships 2020-2021         Research Projects (pdf)

DWRC Water Research Internships 2019-2020         Research Projects (pdf)

DWRC Water Research Internships 2018-2019 / Research Projects  (pdf)

DWRC Undergraduate Interns 2017-2018            Research Projects (pdf)

DWRC Undergraduate Interns 2016-2017             Research Projects (pdf)

DWRC Undergraduate Interns 2015-2016             Research Projects (pdf)

DWRC Undergraduate Interns 2014-2015 (pdf)

DWRC Undergraduate Interns, 2000-2015(pdf)

DWRC interns conduct projects consistent with the DWRC’s priority research and educational interests (listed below) with the support of a faculty/scientist advisor from one of our co-sponsor organizations.

Undergraduate Intern, Naomi Chang, investigating the use of biochar to treat stormwater.

Undergraduate intern, Naomi Chang investigates the use of biochar to treat stormwater.

Water resources research and education topics of interest to the DWRC include:

  • Water quality (nutrients, pathogens, and public health)
  • Stormwater runoff (management and control)
  • Water pollutants (sources, fate, cycling, and transport)
  • Water supply, demand, and conservation (infrastructure/technology)
  • Water policy (governance and economics)
  • Climate change, sea level rise coastal flooding (variability)
  • Groundwater (remediation and treatment)
  • Watershed management
  • Wetlands (protection and restoration)
  • Wastewater management (treatment and reuse)
  • Water, food, and energy nexus

Interested in a water-related topic not listed here? Questions? Contact Martha Narvaez, Policy Scientist, or 302-831-4931.