State Water Resources Research Institute Program (WRRI)

Student Internships

General Information

The NIWR-USGS student internship program provides undergraduate and graduate students with career enhancing field, laboratory, and research experience through participation in USGS activities as interns. The program is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Institutes for Water Resources.

On a need basis the USGS through our Science Centers will fund interns hired by the State Water Resources Research Institute. Interns are employees of participating universities and colleges and may be a student from any college or university in the Institute's state.

The internship can span fiscal years (FY). FY 13 funds could, for example, support a student into FY 14 if funds are obligated and work commences in FY 13.

Information about the availability of the Internship program in a state may be obtained by contacting the USGS representative or Institute Director in the State.

Featured Intern Research Projects

Wesley Brooks - Statistical Protocols for Modeling Water Quality

Student Intern Wesley Brooks. Wesley Brooks is a Research Assistant for the University of Wisconsin working with the USGS Wisconsin Water Science Center. He has been developing and testing statistical protocols for modeling water quality at recreational beaches. These statistical models are used operationally by beach managers to help protect public health by providing daily predictions of water quality criteria exceedances that are used to post swimming advisories. The latest accomplishment on this work includes contributions to the software package Virtual Beach in cooperation with U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development (http://www2.epa.gov/exposure-assessment-models/virtual-beach-vb). This software is widely used in the U.S. by professionals involved in beach management activities.

Michael Sanders - Modeling of Watershed Systems

Student Intern Michael Sanders. Michael Sanders is a Master's student at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. He is working with the National Research Program project: Modeling of Watershed Systems as a Water Resources Research Institute Intern. He is conducting research and development of a stream temperature module within the USGS Precipitation Runoff Modeling System (PRMS) hydrologic simulation code. This work involves conversion of the Stream Network Temperature (SNTemp) model into the programming structure within PRMS as a tightly coupled simulation capability that uses PRMS computed values for all meteorology and hydrologic input requirements and produces results available for output using PRMS methods. SNTemp was originally developed by the Soil Conservation Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife agencies and previously has been loosely coupled with PRMS and the USGS Groundwater and Surface water FLOW (GSFLOW) hydrologic simulation codes.

The development was successful in creating a working PRMS executable that predicts daily average values for stream temperature. Description of the module and project has been included in Michael's thesis. A USGS documentation report and journal paper presenting results of validation testing and sensitivity analysis are in preparation.

Sydney Wilson - Water, Energy, and Biogeochemical Budgets

Student Intern Sydney Wilson. As a part of her master’s thesis at Colorado School of Mines and as part of the Water, Energy, Biogeochemical Budgets (WEBB) project, Sydney Wilson is investigating subalpine groundwater-surface water exchange throughout the summer and its influence on aquatic carbon concentration and transport within Andrews Creek, located within the Loch Vale watershed in Rocky Mountain National Park. Her methods consist of using time-lapse electrical resistivity, continuous temperature monitoring, and chemical analysis of carbon dioxide, methane, and dissolved organic carbon within the stream and subsurface. She has also participated in extensive synoptic field campaigns in the Southeastern and Northwestern United States. These studies were conducted as part of the LandCarbon project to understand biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nutrients in aquatic ecosystems. Sydney also performed laboratory analyses of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen oxide, dissolved organic carbon, major ions, and total dissolved nitrogen at the USGS facility in Boulder, CO.

All Projects

YearInstituteGrant NumberFunding
2014COG14AC00038$78,509
2014PAG14AC00190$8,797
2014VAG14AC00191$21,724
2014VAG14AC00192$21,724
2014WVG14AC00246$9,104
2013COG13AC00313$40,219
2013COG13AC00261$10,000
2013ILG13AC00262$53,714
2013MEG12AC20167$27,071
2013MNG13AC00038$63,115
2013WIG13AC00237$36,337
2012COG11AC20484$40,000
2012ILG12AC20030$40,000
2012ILG11AC20377$49,654
2012MEG12AC20167$28,129
2012NCG11AC20138$30,928
2012WIG12AC20011$35,838
2012WIG12AC20492$41,527
2011COG11AC20484$20,000
2011ILG11AC20377$31,985
2011MDG11AC20322$4,498
2011MNG11AC20419$32,550
2011NCG11AC20138$24,484
2011VAG08AC00054$11,790
2011WIG10AC00589$68,366
2010CO07HQAG0164$25,000
2010MN06HQAG0153$35,636
2010MNG10AC00362$102,627
2010NC08HQAG0001$26,792
2010NYG10AC00213$49,558
2010VA08HQAG0143 G08AC00054$7,552
2010WIG10AC00589$16,000
2010WIG10AC00556$46,031
2009MN06HQAG0153$71,616
2009MN06HQAG0153$11,879
2009NC08HQAG0001$22,500
2009NC08HQAG0001$21,768
2008CO07HQAG0165$10,000
2008MN06HQAG0153$63,081
2008MN06HQAG0153$40,108
2008NC08HQAG0001$25,780
2008NY07HQAG0161$50,000
2008VA08HQAG0143$16,275
2007CO07HQAG0164$20,000
2007CO07HQAG0165$20,000
2007MN06HQAG0153$68,035
2007NY07HQAG0161$15,000
2007PA07HQAG0166$20,000
2006MN06HQAG0153$38,758
2005GAGR-0116$3,265
2005MDGR-0127$7,257
2005ME04HQSA0138$3,555
2005ME05HQSA0126$8,855
2005ME05HQAG0070$8,314
2005ME05HQAG0071$8,314
2005MN05HQAG0095$27,883
2005NCGR-0067$25,004
2005NYGR-0128$10,000
2004DCGR-0136$11,634
2004DEGR-0116$4,757
2004GAGR-0116$26,375
2004GAGR-0116$9,795
2004HIGR-0137$50,303
2004ID04HQGR0123$21,844
2004ILGR-0177$12,050
2004MDGR-0127$7,257
2004MDGR-0127$-7,257
2004ME04HQSA0138$8,801
2004MT04HQSA0053$37,651
2004NVGR-0135$8,500
2004NYGR-0128$10,000
2004UTGR-0069$25,000
2004WI04HQSA0086$28,333
2003GAGR-0116$25,002
2003ILGR-0177$88,247
2003MDGR-0127$17,957
2003MDGR-0116$15,185
2003MDGR-0127$34,753
2003NVGR-0135$22,460
2002GAGR-0116$38,664
2002MDGR-0127$12,903
2002MDGR-0127$14,000
2002MEGR-0100$3,800
2002MNGR0153$23,293
2002MTGR-0187$12,000
2002NCGR-0067$15,000
2002NYGR-0128$12,307
2002NYGR0128$25,000
2001IDGR-0189$8,625
2001ILGR-02668$9,081
2001ILGR-0177$57,148
2001MTGR-0187$13,027
2001MTGR-0187$18,691
2001NCGR-0067$61,391
2000GAGR-02664$31,824
2000IDGR-02667$8,625
2000ILGR-02668$57,353
2000KSGR-02671$40,222
2000MEGR-0100$15,400
2000MSGR02679$58,068
2000MTGR-02681$1,841
2000MTGR-02681$14,475
2000MTGR-02681$13,969
2000NCGR-02689$52,521
2000NVGR-02684$4,546
2000OHGR02691$23,101
2000ORGR02693$2,904
2000VAGR-02703$2,000
1999ALGR-02656$9,550
1999CTGR-02661$12,498
1999CTGR-02661$12,293
1999FLGR-02663$19,478
1999ILGR-02668$85,896
1999ILGR-02668$87,404
1999KSGR-02671$74,203
1999MIGR-02677$50,004
1999MSGR-02679$55,855
1999MSGR02679$24,832
1999MTGR-02681$12,229
1999NCGR-02689$48,000
1999OHGR-02691$50,762
1999ORGR-02693$13,201
1999VAGR-02703$9,422
1999VAGR-02703$1,963
1999VAGR-02703$785
1999VAGR-02664$31,824
1999VAGR02703$6,996
1999VAGR02703$14,429
1999WIGR-02707$19,694
1998MSGR-02679$53,928
1998NCGR-02689$8,000
1998ORGR-02693$27,500
1997ILGR-02668$19,986
1997MNGR-02678$23,945
1997MNGR-02678$1,884
1997MSGR-02679$34,530
1997NCGR-02689$12,000
1997NCGR-02689$28,500
1997NJGR-02686$25,000
1997PRGR-02695$12,574
1996AKGR-02655$9,700
1996ILGR-02668$17,636
1996ILGR-02668$17,199
1996MNG2027$21,153
1996MNG2027$11,986
1996MNGR-02678$19,164
1996MSGR-02679$16,545
1996MSGR-02679$21,801
1996MSGR-02679$2,108
1996NCG2037$9,589
1996NCGR-02689$57,656
1995AKG2004$4,777
1995ILG2017$11,496
1995ILG2017$31,106
1995MNG2027$19,164
1995MSG2028$31,328
1995NCG2037$30,000

How to Apply

USGS

Institute

  • The Institute Director in cooperating with the sponsoring USGS office completes the budget page of the Internship Description Form. Budget should include provision for health insurance, immunizations, and safety training if necessary.
  • Institute Director submits the Internship Description Form, SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance) and SF-424B (Assurances) through the Internet site at http://www.grants.gov.
  • A grant is awarded to the Institute (usually within 30 days of receipt) and the Institute employs the intern.