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University of Delaware Water Resources Center (UDWRC) undergraduate internships in water Resources are administered through the Institute for Public Administration (IPA) in the Biden School of Public Policy & Administration. UDWRC water 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 2021-22 Application

DUE: May 11, 2021 12:00pm

Eligibility: For the spring 2021 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 2021 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 $3,000 per undergraduate intern, paid as hours worked at $10 per hour, up to a maximum of 300 hours. Internship projects are expected to start with the fall semester in September 2021 and will be paid through May 31, 2022 with the final research report and poster presentation presented to the UDWRC Advisory Panel in May 2021. Some students may begin during the summer 2021 with the support of their research advisor.

To apply for this program, you must establish a water research topic and project with a faculty or scientist advisor at your school and agree on this research topic over the 2021 fall and 2022 spring semesters. Bundle the application, transcript, resume, and one page research proposal as a single pdf and submit by email to Martha Narvaez at mcorrozi@udel.edu and Gerald Kauffman at jerryk@udel.edu by May 11, 2021 at 12:00 pm.

1. DWRC Undergraduate 2021 College Application
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 https://www.wrc.udel.edu/faculty-and-staff/ and https://www.udel.edu/academics/colleges/canr/departments/plant-and-soil-sciences/graduate-programs/water-science-policy/.


For questions, please contact Ms. Martha Narvaez at mcorrozi@udel.edu

[DWRC Water Research Internships 2018-2019 / Research Projects]

[DWRC Undergraduate Interns 2017-2018 / Research Projects]

[DWRC Undergraduate Interns 2016-2017 / Research Projects]

[DWRC Undergraduate Interns 2015-2016 / Research Projects]

[DWRC Undergraduate Interns 2014-2015]

[DWRC Undergraduate Interns, 2000-2015]

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, mcorrozi@udel.edu or 302-831-4931.