Environmental Regulatory Intern at Pima County Department of Environmental Quality

Position Title: Environmental Regulatory Intern
Reports to: Designated PDEQ staff
Hours/Week: Flexible, depending on credits/hours needed. Monday–Friday; some weekends possible for special events.
Internship Date Range: Fall semester, Spring semester, and Summer semesters possible.
Location: 33 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701

About the Resilience Internships and Student Experiences (RISE) Program:

The RISE Program is hosted by the Arizona Institute of Resilience and aims to provide both undergraduate and graduate students with paid internships related to resilient environments and societies. RISE internships give students experience in workplace settings with an opportunity to grow their interpersonal skills and prepare them for careers after graduation.

About the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ):

PDEQ is a regulatory agency serving Pima County by protecting public health and the environment. PDEQ operates programs that monitor air and water quality, hazardous waste, solid waste, and promotes waste minimization and pollution prevention. PDEQ also provides public outreach and education, processes environmental permits, and responds to public complaints with investigation and enforcement.

Internship Summary:

Interns will assist with creating an e-library of historical documents used to develop environmental policies and also participate in creating frameworks for future policy.

Internship Description:

Interns supporting PDEQ’s regulatory programs will split their time between the air quality and storm water programs.  They will work with PDEQ staff to create a digital archive of original documents. The documents (reports, maps, regulations, correspondence, laboratory reports, field notes, and other miscellaneous documents) are foundational to an EPA water permit, regulatory compliance, and county water policy.  For the air program, interns will assist with future regulations by archiving historical documents, conducting legal and policy research, and putting the results into a searchable database.  The regulatory policy interns will receive education and training about the programs they are assisting with and should leave with a basic understanding of the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, as well as the many regulations associated with them.


The Environmental and Community Health Intern is compensated by the University of Arizona. The pay rate will be $18/hour.

How to Apply:

Please submit your application through the AIR website. In the application, it will ask you to choose your top 2 internship opportunities that you would like to be considered for. After you submit your application, the internship host will review the candidates and follow up.

Applications for the Fall semester must be submitted no later than July 1.
Applications for the Spring semester must be submitted no later than November 15.
Applications for the Summer sessions must be submitted no later than April 15.

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