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The State Water Boards offers exciting internship and youth aid opportunities. If you are interested in mentoring with professionals whose mission is to preserve, enhance and restore the quality of California’s water resources, this is an opportunity for you.

The State Water Boards’ Internship Program offers both paid and non-paid internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students of all majors and backgrounds. The youth aid program offers opportunities to high school students to work and get paid during the summer break.

These programs are designed to provide students who have an interest in California’s water resources with practical, real-world experience. Our internships may qualify for academic credit and are coordinated between the student and school. Interns' hours vary and are dependent on the needs of the Water Boards and the intern.

If you are a student interested in water resources, an internship and youth aid position with the Water Boards may be just what you are looking for.

News Advisory: Water Boards Announce New Statewide Internship Program

Student Programs

Intern with the Water Boards!

The Water Boards' are seeking undergraduate and graduate talent of all majors and backgrounds who have an interest in California’s water resources. The Water Boards are responsible for monitoring water quality, ensuring safe drinking water, developing polices and permits to protect all uses of water, and providing financial assistance to protect the public and environment.

To apply for a nonpaid (volunteer) internship at the Water Boards, please submit the following:

  • STD 678 Job Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Letter of Recommendation (1)
  • Counties of interest
  • Dates of availability

Email your internship application package to

Test the Waters!

Do you want to learn about enhancing and protecting California's waters, while developing career skills and abilities then this is an opportunity not to pass up. Make a difference! Join the team!

To Qualify:

  • Between the ages of 15 and 18
  • In high school
  • Meet high school’s work permit criteria

Steps to Apply:

  • Create a CalCareers Account
  • Search for State Water Resources Control Board Youth Aid positions
  • Read the job posting and duty statement and submit the required documents to apply

Have questions? Email

Recruitment Events

Joaquin Esquivel

“It’s because of the formative opportunities internships have provided me that I’m excited to see the Water Boards develop a focused program,” said State Water Resources Control Board Member E. Joaquin Esquivel. “Like many sectors, the water sector is facing a tidal change as retirements multiply and challenges filling critical positions grow. I see this program as a first step to greater engagement by the Boards in workforce development challenges sector wide.

“Although it’s a benefit for us as an agency to have new bright minds at the Boards, the program is designed first and foremost to meet the needs of the students,” Esquivel said. “The work at the Water Boards is diverse, demanding and crucial to so many Californians. With a successful initial cohort, I’m hopeful the program will continue to expand the number of paid opportunities in future years."

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Anthony Hardin, Internship Coordinator
1001 I Street, 18th floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Janine Albertoni, Recruitment Coordinator
1001 I Street, 18th floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Daniel Del-Mazzio, Talent Acquisition Manager
1001 I Street, 18th floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

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