College Intern - Environmental Policy

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Date: Jan 11, 2022

Location: Phoenix, AZ, US

Company: SRP

SRP is one of the largest public power and water utilities in the U.S. providing electricity to approximately one million customers in the greater metropolitan Phoenix area. Since its founding in 1903, SRP has fostered a culture of stewardship and customer service consistently ranking as an industry leader in customer service according to J.D. Power. SRP continues to adapt to its changing business environment by seeking innovative ways to reimagine utility service and the provision of critical resources essential to the life and economy of Arizona.

Job Brief

Exciting opportunity in SRP's Environmental Policy and Strategy group to gain valuable work experience and exposure to key environmental legislative, regulatory and policy issues facing water and power utilities, including air, water, waste, electric vehicles, and natural resources.  The position is anticipated to focus on federal natural resource initiatives such as Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act and National Environmental Policy Act regulations. Student Intern to be able to start in January or February. A minimum of 25 hour per week is expected and daily work schedule is flexible based upon school schedule and department needs. The ideal candidate will be a college Sophomore or Junior or enrolled in a graduate program in a related curriculum who has completed coursework to develop skills appropriate for the assignment. Training and work will be done remotely and in office.

Job Responsibilities

  • Review and summarize utility-related environmental news articles.
  • Assist with tracking and recording environmental legislation and regulatory rules.
  • Review and prepare written summaries of proposed federal and state legislation, regulations, and other environmental policies.
  • Coordinate with other SRP business units to understand impacts of proposed environmental legislation or regulations.
  • Collaborate and participate in internal or external meetings related to environmental issues and programs.
  • Review and prepare written summaries of scientific or utility-related technical reports on environmental issues.


College level coursework (100+) from an accredited institution will be evaluated on an individual basis according to the skill/level to determine if applicable to the position by management.

Additional Information

The successful candidate will have the following strengths:

  • Ability to synthesize regulatory, policy or utility industry information and prepare written communications.
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in written and verbal formats.
  • Completed college coursework and interest in public policy, environmental issues, natural resource law, wildlife biology or cultural resources.
  • Interest in utility-related environmental regulations, public affairs, environmental policy or equivalent.
  • Ability to effectively work within multi-department teams and effective interpersonal skills to work with others inside and outside SRP.


  • Applicant must be enrolled and attending a minimum of six (6) college credits per semester (100+ level courses).
  • Pay rate is $17.00 per hour for an undergraduate and $19.00 per hour for a graduate intern.
  • SRP currently offers a hybrid workplace, which allows employees whose jobs can be performed remotely, and who have sufficient technical capability, to telework up to three days per week. Although part-time teleworking is available, all employees must live and work in Arizona. We are taking steps to protect the health and well-being of all team members, and by following a number of health and safety protocols, to reduce the risk of the coronavirus (COVID-19).


Requisition Details

Requisition ID: 13791



Equal Opportunity Employer Statement


Salt River Project (SRP) recognizes diversity and inclusion as key drivers of innovation and growth, and seeks to attract a diverse employee base that reflects our community. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, military status or any other protected status under applicable federal, state or local law. Ultimately, SRP aspires to fully apply the power of diversity and inclusion to build a more equitable and sustainable future for our customers, employees and community.


Drug/Alcohol Policy Statement


In order to promote the safety and well-being of our employees, customers and the communities we serve, SRP is committed to maintaining a drug/alcohol free work environment. Although marijuana may now be legal in Arizona, except as otherwise specified under Arizona law, SRP considers it to be an illegal drug for the purpose of our drug/alcohol policy because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. Any candidate found to be impaired during the hiring process or who has the presence of an illegal drug or unauthorized substance in their system during the pre-employment drug/alcohol test may be disqualified from further consideration in the hiring process.


All candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
Currently, SRP does not sponsor H1B visas.



Why Work at SRP


SRP's success is rooted in our employees' happiness, health and safety. That's why we offer a comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of our employees and enhance their well-being. In addition to competitive pay and performance incentives, eligible employees can take advantage of the following benefits:


• 401(k) plan with employer matching
• Retirement pension
• Paid vacation
• Parental leave
• Holiday pay
• Sick leave
• Medical, vision, dental and life insurance
• Wellness programs
• Pre-tax benefits
• Short and long-term disability plans
• Tuition assistance


Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

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