Southwest Ohio Pollution Prevention Internship

The Southwest Ohio Pollution Prevention (P2) Internship Program is a 12-week internship program occurring from late May to early August that pairs college students with companies seeking new and innovative approaches to pollution prevention and conservation. The program is sponsored by Hamilton County R3Source, the Butler County Recycling and Solid Waste District, the Montgomery County Solid Waste District, and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Information for Interested Host Companies

We are actively looking for our 2023 host companies. The program trains college interns to address sustainability and pollution prevention projects at companies in Hamilton County. You as the host company get to choose what type of project you’d like the intern to address – it can be anything from waste reduction to operational efficiency.

The goal of the internship program is to give businesses fresh and innovative ideas about pollution prevention, save money through the implementation of P2 solutions, give students an edge in obtaining full-time employment after graduation, and create and keep technically skilled jobs in Ohio.

If you are interested in having an intern at your organization next summer please email Mary Cropenbaker.

Information for Interested Student Applicants

Interns selected to participate in the Southwest Ohio Pollution Prevention Internship Program are given responsibilities that assist his/her learning and experience in implementing pollution prevention initiatives including:

  • Assist company professionals in facility audits to identify new sustainability and pollution prevention activities pertaining to waste/ hazardous waste reduction, emissions reduction, water conservation, energy conservation, and manufacturing efficiency
  • Research and evaluate new pollution prevention recommendations and ensure compliance with environmental and safety regulations
  • Present recommendations to supervisor and technical advisors

Internship Qualifications

Internship qualifications include:

  • Must be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student with at least two years of undergraduate education completed
  • Desired majors include: engineering, environmental health and safety, and environmental science
  • Must have a valid driver's license issued by the state of residency

If you have questions about the program or are interested in applying for the summer 2022 internship session, email Mary Cropenbaker.