Internships at the District

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Dive in, explore your potential, and commit to a cause that matters — for today and generations to come. 


Are you seeking an opportunity to learn from experienced professionals? Want to build a foundation now for a career of substance in your future? Then the Southwest Florida Water Management District, a leader in protecting Florida’s water resources, invites you to apply for a unique internship opportunity.

This is your chance to absorb information in a real-world setting. You’ll gain hands-on knowledge as you collaborate with passionate experts to learn, grow and expand your professional potential. You’ll also do work that has a real impact on the environment and the five million residents within the District. As an intern, you’ll help us meet the needs of current and future water users, protect and preserve our water resources, manage the water supply, protect water quality and more. 

Intern Josiah Sananda with Environmental Data Project Manager Robin Speidel

My  co-workers go out of their way to guide me in the right direction to achieve my goals. And, after learning more about the work of geologists, I decided to go back to school after I graduate to get my master's degree in geology! 
– Josiah Sananda

The District’s internship program offers paid and unpaid opportunities for a range of students including high school, vocational or technical school, community or state college and university through to doctorate programs. Work schedules are very flexible to accommodate your school schedule. 


In return for your contributions toward meeting our important mission, interns are eligible for these benefits:

Training and Development: Having a successful career takes more than technical training. The District helps our staff develop additional skill sets, such as emotional intelligence, time management, customer service, conflict resolution, communications and more. As an intern, you are eligible to attend these on-site trainings. 

Intern Matthew Burgos with Senior Environmental Scientist Tammy Plazak

The District affords me many training opportunities that I do not believe other organizations would, and it makes me feel as though I am permanent staff. 
– Mathew Burgos

Employee Assistance Program: Provides confidential assistance and support in a wide variety of areas important to an employee’s well-being, including but not limited to work and life balance, stress management, coping with family issues, financial advice, legal and workplace problems, addictions, student loan assistance and any other personal issues adversely affecting quality of life.

Wellness Program: Your Health Matters is designed to encourage employees to engage in healthier lifestyle behaviors through the achievement of health and fitness goals. The program includes classes on health and fitness topics, District campus walking routes, a fitness challenge, tobacco-cessation resources, an ergonomics program, discount programs, incentives and other resources. Participation in wellness program activities is voluntary. 

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This could be the opportunity of a lifetime. Click on the link to learn more and apply