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Binational Research Internship

The Bureau of Reclamation is partnering with the Hispanic Access Foundation to hire an intern in our Lower Colorado Basin region this summer. Completion of the internship will grant the intern a direct hiring authority to be hired into a full-time position after the completion of their academic program. This opportunity is remote and anyone from around the country can participate in this internship. The internship is 11 weeks long, and the start date is flexible between May 2022 - September 2022.

The Bureau of Reclamation is a bureau under the Department of Interior, and we are committed to the conservation of US land and the protection of natural resources in the interest of the American public. We are the largest wholesaler of water in the country, bringing water to more than 31 million people. Reclamation places great emphasis on fulfilling its water delivery obligations, water conservation, water recycling and reuse, and developing partnerships with our customers, states, and Native American Tribes, and in finding ways to bring together the variety of interests to address the competing needs for our limited water resources.

The Colorado River Basin is a binational river basin, and the waters of the Colorado River are shared between the United States and Mexico. The primary project objective of the internship will be to conduct a literature review in both Spanish and English of binational river basins around the world and of existing research relevant to U.S.-Mexico collaboration on water resources. The research will be conducted in both Spanish and English and will require review of online journal articles, books, academic papers, and potentially university theses/dissertations through Reclamation’s Denver Library. The literature review will be the bedrock upon which the novel research is conducted and will help further the Binational Program’s efforts at collaboration with Mexico. The Intern will conduct a formal presentation of their project findings to key decision-makers during the final week of the internship. 

Compensation: Approximately $760-$1,080 per week. Hourly pay will be equivalent to approximately $19 to $27 an hour, depending on the applicant’s qualifications. Undergraduate student (currently junior or senior): $760/week, recently accepted graduate student (summer in between undergraduate and graduate school): $920/week, graduate student: $1,080/week. If the intern is required to travel, the Binational Program will pay for travel.

  • Intermediate level in Spanish reading, writing, and speaking;
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience;
  • Strategic thinking abilities;
  • Demonstrated writing skills; and
  • Demonstrated presentation and research skills.
  • Must be enrolled at a college, university, or post-secondary school at the start of the internship
  • Advanced level in Spanish reading, writing, and speaking
  • Coursework in International Law/Policy, International Relations, International Studies, Spanish, or International Environmental Policy
  • Coursework in Hydrology, Modeling, Geographic Information Systems, Engineering, Water Resources Management, or Conflict Resolution
  • Helpful: Coursework in Political Science, International Economics, Law, or Communication

Application: All applications should be submitted through HAF's MANO Project application page. A resume, college transcript/s, writing sample (1-3 pages), and two professional references will be required for submission. Your application or resume should include professional and/or educational experience, along with any awards, technical skills, or volunteer activities, and provide a demonstrated intermediate or higher level of Spanish reading, writing, and speaking.
Applications for this position are due on Monday, March 14, 2022. Phone interviews and final decisions will be made by early March.

Working Conditions: Interns will conduct daily duties in an online/virtual capacity. Interns will have weekly meetings with the Supervisor/mentor to continually track Project progression, amend milestones appropriately, and discuss professional development goals. Project Plans should provide longer-term benefits to the public; instill good work ethic and a sense of public service; be labor intensive; be planned and initiated promptly; and provide academic, experiential, or environmental education opportunities. Interns will have Mid-term and End-term performance evaluations with the Supervisor. This one-on-one performance evaluation covers technical competence, workload management, communication, leadership characteristics, and ability to work independently. 

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process should contact Hispanic Access Foundation directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Hispanic Access Foundation Mission: Hispanic Access Foundation (Hispanic Access) is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization that connects Latinos and People of Color to partners and opportunities improving lives and creating an equitable society. Hispanic Access’s vision is that all Hispanics throughout the U.S. enjoy good physical health, a healthy natural environment, a quality education, economic success and civic engagement in their communities with the sum improving the future of America.

Given Hispanic Access Foundation's mission and vision we encourage those who culturally identify as Latino/a to apply; however we do not discriminate with regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, marital status, familial status, family responsibility, pregnancy or other pregnancy-related conditions, childbirth, disability, military/veteran status, citizenship status, religion or political affiliation, or any other status protected by federal or state law, local ordinance or Executive Orders. The Hispanic Access Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.