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Water Innovation Research Internship - Winter 2019-2020

Current Water Innovation Research Internship
Current sources and de-risks innovative water tech solutions for industries, utilities and investors, and connects innovators to opportunities. Whether a stakeholder develops, uses, or invests in water tech solutions, becoming a member of Current will help them create value, improve performance and deliver results. Launched in 2016 as a partnership of the City of Chicago, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, and World Business Chicago, Current is a non-profit based in Chicago that leverages the city’s world-class utilities, research institutions, industries and innovation community to improve global environmental and economic impact.
Current is seeking one winter intern with an environmental engineering-focus. The Current Water Innovation Research Intern will contribute to Current’s mission through a variety of different projects and tasks, such as:
·      Water technology research and assessment
·      Research and analysis on emerging scientific, engineering and economic issues that impact the water sector
·      Development and implementation of new projects related to real-time water quality monitoring, nutrient management and water infrastructure finance

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

·      Research and Analysis: Support existing programs through research and analysis
·      Project Development: Assist in developing and implementing projects, like H2NOW Chicago, related to advanced research, technology demonstration and commercialization
·      Database Research and Management: Support the development and use of Current’s database of water technologies to identify innovative solutions for municipal and industrial members
·      Outreach and Communications: Develop strategic communications content, including social media posts/schedules and press releases, and support events that bring together stakeholders from community groups, research institutions, startups, industry leaders and utilities

Required Qualifications

·      Active student in BS/MS environmental engineering program preferred (MS strongly preferred), or BS/MS in policy/urban planning/other engineering program
·      1-3 years of experience or background in science, technology, or economics/business desirable
·      Aptitude for, and interest in, applied water research, technology development, sustainable solutions, and/or commercialization of technology
·      Ability to work independently and self-guide work
·      Experience with ARC-GIS platform big plus
·      Strong writing, verbal communication and presentation skills
·      Experience in a start-up or entrepreneurial environment desired
·      Proficient in Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Office products
The Current Water Innovation Research Intern will work on a part-time basis of a minimum of 15 hours or more per week for approximately 11 weeks from mid-January through late March 2020. Interns will receive a stipend in biweekly installments depending on the number of hours worked.
To apply, send resume and cover letter to George Brigandi at