Environmental Health Intern

Internship Position Description

Position Title:

Environmental Health Hazardous Materials Program Intern   (unpaid internship)

  • Recruitment opens twice each year to accommodate spring and fall placement with start dates in March/April and August/September, respectively.

Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Intern:

Health Care Agency
Environmental Health
HazMat Surveillance Section
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Internship may require some travel throughout Orange County.

Functions of Agency/Department:

Orange County Environmental Health’s Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) includes six hazardous material and hazardous waste regulatory programs: Hazardous Waste, Hazardous Materials Disclosure, Hazardous Materials Business Emergency Plan, Underground Storage Tank, Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tank, and California Accidental Release Prevention Plan Program. The CUPA inspects regulated businesses annually to insure California laws and regulations are adhered to.

Intern Duties/Responsibilities:

The Hazardous Materials Program (HMP) internship offers students and recent graduates an opportunity to assist with administrative and educational outreach opportunities found within the CUPA. Duties may include one or more of the following assignments, depending upon an intern’s interest and experience level:

  • Assist with maintaining state and local reporting databases.
  • Assist with maintaining and updating local guidance documents, which includes editing and proof reading technical documents.
  • Assist in building GIS database.
  • Assist in development and training projects related to the six CUPA programs 
  • Assist in business outreach for and enhancements to a new online CUPA form submittal portal.
  • Assist in organizing and analyzing program data, which may involve accompanying CUPA staff on CUPA regulated business visits/inspections to gather information/data.  

Educational Requirements:

This position is best suited for junior- and senior-level college students or recent college graduates who have completed their bachelor's program within six months of their application date. Candidates should have a high level of interest in environmental protection. Preferred academic majors include Health Science/Education, Social Ecology, Biology, Environmental Health, Environmental Science, or any related field with a strong science background. Interns must be at least 18 years of age or older.

Skills, Training or Qualifications:

Interns must have excellent oral and written communication skills, analytical skills and computer knowledge, specifically in building databases. The ideal candidate is detail oriented, organized, outgoing, and able to work in a team environment or independently as needed, and have a commitment to environmental protection.

Training and Supervision Provided by the Agency/Department:

Interns will interact with the CUPA supervisor and staff lead on project assignments. The position may require the intern to visit businesses and various types of industries as part of an assigned project. Based on the assignment given, interns may be required to complete safety training such as hazard communication/awareness and slips, trips and falls. Appropriate personal protective equipment may also be issued. In CUPA regulated business visits/inspections, interns will be accompanied by HAZWOPER trained County staff.

Time Commitment:

Ten hours per week for ten weeks. Hours are primarily scheduled during regular business hours (Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.). Schedules are flexible and can be arranged to accommodate school/work schedules. 

Benefits Available to Intern:

Although the internship is an unpaid position that does not lead to paid employment or include employee benefits, students and recent graduates are offered an excellent opportunity to:

  • Build resumes and explore career options
  • Apply academic skills and knowledge to the workplace
  • Fulfill college/university internship requirements
  • Network in their field of interest with professionals who are dedicated to making a positive difference in Orange County
  • Intern with one of the premier employers in the region

In addition, interns will gain knowledge of six important environmental regulatory programs and education outreach methods.

Additional Information:

Occasionally, interns will join regulatory inspectors in field activities, which will require them to provide their own transportation. Mileage reimbursement is available for authorized travel. Interns who operate a vehicle as part of their duties must possess a valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance coverage for personal injuries and property damage.

Background screening for this internship does not require live scan fingerprinting.

A mandatory Compliance Training that addresses Health Care Agency’s Code of Conduct, policies and procedures, and HIPAA Privacy and Security regulations is required for all new interns. In addition, interns participating directly or indirectly in Federal healthcare funded programs must be Sanction Screened by HCA Volunteer Services in accordance with HCA Compliance Program Policy and Procedure.
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