The Southwest Ohio Pollution Prevention (P2) Internship Program is a partnership between Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District, Butler County Recycling & Solid Waste District, Montgomery County Solid Waste Management District, and TechSolve, Inc. The program trains and hosts college interns at selected companies in Hamilton, Butler, and Montgomery counties. The Districts fund approximately 75 percent of the internship and the chosen companies match 25 percent. The goal of the internship program is to give businesses fresh and innovative ideas about pollution prevention, save companies money through implementation of P2 solutions, give students an edge in obtaining full-time employment after graduation, and create and keep technically skilled jobs in Ohio.
P2 Intern Program Details
Who is eligible to participate?
Interested industries must apply to receive an intern. Proposed projects must have a clear relationship to the Pollution Prevention/Energy Efficiency Hierarchy, described as source reduction, energy efficiency, reuse, recycling, and energy recovery. Companies applying for a summer intern must:
- Be manufacturers located in Hamilton County, Butler County, or Montgomery County, Ohio.
- Identify projects suitable for an intern and that support long-term environmental goals.
- Share project outcomes with the Districts. Confidential information will not be disclosed.
Students applying for the intern positions must:
- Be enrolled in a four-year undergraduate or graduate degree program with at least two years completed, or be a recent graduate.
- Be knowledgeable in engineering, environmental studies, or related field.
- Commit to working full-time for 12 weeks from mid-May to mid-August.
- Submit progress and final reports, as well as do a results presentation.
- Provide their own housing and transportation.
How much does it cost to participate?
The program is designed to allow participating companies to hire an intern at minimal cost. With the Districts paying as much as 75 percent of the intern’s salary, the typical cost to a company is about $2,500.
To Apply for 2015 Summer Internship Term
Applications for host companies and student interns for 2015 are no longer being accepted. The application process for 2016 will open in October 2015; please check back later this summer for the program status.
First-time applicants and companies that have not had an energy assessment in the past five years are eligible for a free assessment by the University of Dayton's Industrial Assessment Center as part of the P2 program.
Hamilton County businesses: Download the Business Project Proposal Application. Please email Catherine Walsh or call (513) 946-7732 for more details or with questions.
Butler County businesses: Download the application from this site. Please email Anne Fiehrer Flaig or call (513) 887-3963 for more details or with questions.
Montgomery County businesses: Email Barbara Asberry or call her at (937) 781-3062 to obtain an application.
The program is designed for upper level undergraduates and graduate students. Acceptable fields of study include Environmental, Civil, Chemical, Mechanical, or Industrial Engineering Majors, Environmental Health and Safety Majors, and Environmental Science Majors.
An application package, which includes a cover letter, resume, and the completed student application form, must be received via email by February 18, 2015.