Pollution Prevention Internship Program

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The P2 Internship Program is a collaboration 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 host 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. The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District provides up to a $4,000 grant to host companies in Hamilton County to offset the intern's salary.

To Apply for the Summer 2017 Program 

Business Applications

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.

Student 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.

Applications are no longer being accepted for summer 2016. Applications for the 2017 internship season will be available in October 2016. 



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