​​​​Water Research Internship​​

The Water Economics, Research, and Forecasting (WERF) team has ongoing paid and unpaid Water Research Internship opportunities which last approximately 3-6 months. Extension of internships is a possibility. Current recruitment for two (2) paid GIS Technician internships is underway.

Nature of Work: 

Converting numerous LIDAR files into a useable format to convert remote sensing of landscape types.

Using ArcGIS to dissolve new multifamily units into single parcel polygons and summarizing methods in a spreadsheet for use in water demand forecasting projections.

Data collection from multifamily residential facilities within the Metro Phoenix area including phone surveys, compiling survey data, and performing onsite water efficiency checkups.

This type of work would be very useful for anyone with a career focus in an area associated with marketing, housing, data management, urban planning, natural resource management, or sustainability.  As an intern, you will develop skills in management of databases, data collection, surveys, audits, spreadsheets, data analysis and GIS as it relates to municipal water resource planning.


Interns should be enrolled in a college or university program, or have recently completed a college or university program, in a relevant discipline and have good quantitative and report-writing skills.  Types of relevant programs/disciplines include, but are not limited to:   Data management, planning, geographical information science, business administration, public administration, sustainability, or water resources.

It would also be very beneficial if the interns already have a basic understanding of telemarketing and/or media surveys, Microsoft Office products, geographic information systems, ESRI software including ArcGIS for Desktop and its extensions, working with, and analyzing data in excel JMP or other statistical software programs databases and/or spreadsheets.  However, students will receive training on all required software tools.  All work and analytical results are closely monitored by Water Services Staff.


Paid internships are compensated at $23.74 per hour for a 20-hour work week. Paid interns are considered part-time employees and eligible for earned paid sick time, city training, and free or discounted bus and light rail fares.

Unpaid internships are not compensated; however, interns are eligible for free or discounted parking and/or bus and light rail fares. Previous unpaid interns have earned internship credit hours through their universities or colleges. Please see your department for credit requirements.

Time Requirement:

Paid interns work 20 hours/week. Unpaid interns work 10 hours/week. Work is done on a weekly schedule, within the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Paid interns are required to record and upload timesheets. Unpaid interns will keep a log of work completed and hours worked which will be audited by City staff.


Phoenix City Hall
200 West Washington St, 9th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003

To Apply:

Paid GIS Technician Internships: Apply online at the City's Careers page​

Unpaid Internships: Send resume and/or info sheet which MUST include Name, Phone, Email, Software with Proficiency Level, Degree(s) Sought, Expected Graduation Date, School Attending/Attended, and Days/Times Available to:

Marji Dukowitz
Water Planner II
Desk: 602-495-3669 or Cell: 602-538-3302