Get Involved and Make a Difference!

The Safe to Swim Network and the Beach Monitoring Workgroups offer exciting internship opportunities. If you are interested in mentoring with professionals whose mission is to preserve, enhance and restore the quality of California’s recreational water resources, this is an opportunity for you.

These programs are designed to provide students who have an interest in California’s water resources with practical, real-world experience. Our internships may qualify for academic credit and are coordinated between the student and school. Interns' hours vary and are dependent on the needs of the Water Boards and the intern.


  • Public Health Communication & Education
  • Citizen Monitoring & Community Science
  • Freshwater Recreation Areas Research


Hours can be flexible and will be dependent on the school schedule for the intern. 10 to 20 hours a week would be expected. The duration would be until project completion.

Telework & Place-based

Some of the internships could be conducted via telework. Place-based activities would be based out of the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board under the direction of a Safe to Swim Network Facilitator.

Contact & How to Apply

Erick Burres, Senior Environmental Scientist Specialist

To apply for a paid internship at the Water Boards, please submit the following:

  • STD 678 Job Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Letter of Recommendation (1)
  • Proof of Enrollment
  • A Statement of Qualification