Pollution Prevention Internship Program

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 Recycling and Solid Waste District, the Butler County Recycling & Solid Waste District, the Montgomery County Solid Waste District, and Ohio EPA. 

Information for Companies Interested in a Summer Intern

The program trains and hosts college interns at selected companies in Hamilton, Butler, and Montgomery counties. The Districts fund approximately 75% of the internship and the host companies match 25%. 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 becoming a host company for the 2022 summer session, please contact Mary Cropenbaker by November 1, 2021.

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 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 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, contact Mary Cropenbaker.