PWD Planning and Research Spring Co-op/Internship - 127

  • Intern

Company Description

A best-in-class city that attracts best-in-class talent, Philadelphia is an incredible place to build a career. From our thriving arts scene and rich history to our culture of passion and grit, there are countless reasons to love living and working here. With a workforce of over 30,000 people, and more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia offers boundless opportunities to make an impact.

As an employer, the City of Philadelphia values inclusion, integrity, innovation, empowerment, and hard work above all else. We offer a vibrant work environment and the experience you need to grow and excel. If you’re interested in working with a passionate team of people who care about the future of Philadelphia, start here.

What we offer

  • Impact - The work you do here matters to millions. 
  • Growth - Philadelphia is growing, why not grow with it? 
  • Diversity & Inclusion - Find a career in a place where everyone belongs.
  • Benefits - We care about your well-being.

Agency Description

The Philadelphia Water Department is a municipal department of approximately 2500 employees working in all facets to provide water/wastewater treatment services to the City of Philadelphia and the surrounding counties.

The Capital Planning Program in the Planning & Research Unit at the Philadelphia Water Department provides support for the Department’s capital budget process and facilitates in the development of the capital improvement plan through planning efforts and asset management. The overarching goal of this program is to inform the capital budget through project prioritization, inter-Departmental communication, financial forecasting, and asset management.

Job Description

This full-time internship/co-op position will begin in April 2023 and end in September 2023. Schedules will be determined during the interview. The position will require candidates to work hybrid schedules, which means in-person and remote workdays.

Essential Functions

The student will be employed as an Engineering Intern in the Capital Planning Program. The main assignment will be to assist the engineers, GIS specialists, and scientists in completing various tasks for numerous projects associated with drinking water and wastewater facilities.

The co-op will be responsible for performing various tasks, which may include:

  • Compiling, analyzing, updating, and interpreting data collected from field locations or our databases to support facility planning and aid in financial forecasting for capital improvements.
  • Utilizing GIS software to compile, maintain, and produce geospatial data and maps.
  • Reviewing and commenting on engineering technical reports.
  • Attending and participating in meetings for capital projects aimed at improving the short- and long-term operational capabilities of the drinking water and wastewater facilities.
  • Reading and summarizing relevant literature for various engineering research projects.
  • Assisting in organizing presentations, handouts, and notes for meetings with Executive and other PWD staff members.
  • Organizing and participating in Knowledge Management Program tasks that include webinars about water, wastewater, and stormwater services.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook, Word, Excel
  • Data analysis skills
  • Willingness to learn and contribute
  • Valid Driver's License


Preferred Majors:

  • Eng. – Environmental Engineering
  • Eng. – Chemical Engineering
  • Eng. – Civil Engineering
  • Eng. – Undeclared Engineering
  • Busn. – Business and Engineering
  • Arts & Sci. – Environmental Science
  • Arts & Sci. – Chemistry
  • Arts & Sci. – Environmental Studies and Sustainability

Additional Information

TO APPLY: Interested candidates must submit a resume.

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