CONSERVE Summer Intern Program



The goals of the CONSERVE Undergraduate Summer Intern Program (SIP) are to:

  • Train the next generation of leaders engaged in sustainable water reuse;

  • Help undergraduate students develop skills in systems-based thinking; and

  • Provide undergraduate students with research training and career development, and to enhance their potential to go on to graduate studies.

This internship made me more aware of the water problems on earth, and made me want to pursue studying water microbiology
— CONSERVE Summer Intern, 2018

We seek students who are interested in pursuing higher degrees in the fields of agricultural and natural sciences, water utilization and conservation, public health, economics, policy and law, and environmental education and communications. Students from under represented minority groups and/or disadvantaged backgrounds, and/or have a disability, are encouraged to apply. Students selected for a CONSERVE internship will receive a stipend of $5000. Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week, starting on June 15 and ending on August 7, 2020. Additional funds for expenses (e.g., travel, lodging, per diem) are not provided.

Eligibility Criteria

Interested candidates must:

  • Be enrolled in 4-year college or university;

  • Be a rising sophomore or junior (rising seniors may also apply, but preference will be given to rising sophomores and juniors);

  • Have a 3.0 or better GPA.

International students are eligible to apply for most positions.

I developed networking skills and I received more knowledge and clarity about graduate school: what I need to apply and what to look for in a graduate program
— CONSERVE Summer Intern, 2017

Process and Timeline

  • Completed application packets are due via the online system (instructions below) by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, February 21, 2020.

  • We will not be conducting interviews. Final selection of candidates will be based on applications only.

  • We will notify candidates of our selection decisions by Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

I had the ability to combine my food microbiology background with the engineering classes I have taken to see how multiple disciplines combine
— CONSERVE Summer Intern, 2017

Application Instructions

  1. Review our list of available positions.

  2. Complete the application form here:

    • You must be prepared to upload the following items on the application form:

      • Your unofficial transcript (in PDF format)

      • Your resume (in PDF format)

    • You should also have two personal statements prepared to copy/paste into the application form. Your statements must address the following questions:

      • Why are you interested in working on this particular project? What do you hope to learn and gain from this experience? (Please limit your response to 300-500 words)

      • What are your long-term career goals? Make sure to discuss any interest you may have for pursuing an advanced degree. (Please limit your response to 300-500 words)

  3. Submit two letters of recommendation. Both letters should be written by faculty members, with one of your references being a professor from a natural, social, health, or computational science course. Your application will not be complete until these letters of recommendation have been received. Email letters with subject line “CONSERVE: [Applicant Name]” to Leena Malayil at

The application platform will automatically close on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST. Letters of recommendation are to be emailed to by the same deadline.

If you have any questions about this internship program or the available positions, email Leena Malayil (