Pollution Prevention Internship Program

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The Pollution Prevention (P2) Internship Program is a partnership between Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District, Butler County Recycling and Solid Waste District, and TechSolve, Inc. The program trains and hosts college interns at selected companies in Hamilton, Butler, and Montgomery counties. The Districts fund 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, 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?

Companies applying for a summer intern must:

  • Be 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.


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.

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 District paying 75 percent of the intern’s salary, the typical cost to a company is about $2000.

Application Details

Business Applications

Applications for businesses interested in hosting a P2 Intern are due no later than January 24, 2014.

The Business Project Proposal Application for Hamilton County Businesses can be downloaded here. Please email Catherine Walsh or call (513) 946-7732 for more details.

Butler County businesses application materials can be downloaded here, or email Anne Fiehrer Flaig, or call (513) 887-3963.

Montgomery County businesses should email Barbara Asberry or call her at 937-224-3920 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.

The P2 Internship Student Application can be downloaded here, or email Catherine Walsh with questions. Applications, resume and cover letter must be received by February 24, 2014.



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