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Engineering Summer Internships #2402-005020-02

Date Opened
Thursday, February 08, 2024 11:00 AM
Close Date
Sunday, March 03, 2024 11:59 PM
Charlotte Water
  • $17.00 - $24.00/hour - Based on current education level


Charlotte’s local government, with more than 7,000 employees and a $2.39 billion budget, works hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play.

Charlotte Water is an enterprise department of the City of Charlotte and one of the largest public water and sewer service providers in the southeast with 300,000 customer accounts and over 1000 employees. Our service area includes the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and the towns of Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson, Mint Hill, Matthews and Pineville. Charlotte Water’s FY 23 budget is $535M and a five-year capital program of $2.5 billion.  We enjoy the highest credit ratings from all three major credit rating agencies as a result of sound financial planning and management and strong support from our City Council.  We value competent, skilled candidates with a customer service focus to work in a team environment.


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 15th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 897,000 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


Summer Internship lasting 3 -4 months


The Engineering Division of Charlotte Water has opportunities for candidates with engineering and construction management academic backgrounds to fill up to seven summer internship opportunities. These internships will last three to four months (12-15 weeks). The intern summer program introduces the future water professional to the various initiatives, programs, and project management activities within Charlotte Water while gaining valuable engineering and project management experience. Depending on division supported, candidates will understand more about various infrastructure assets associated with treatment and conveyance of water and wastewater. All candidates will gain exposure to e-Builder/Trimble, ESRI, and AutoCAD software products.  

Major Duties and Responsibilities

We are looking for seven 7 Engineering Summer Interns:

Project Management Divisions (four (4) positions): 
o Assist in project management of water and sanitary sewer infrastructure improvements associated with pipelines and treatment facilities including project tracking and control 
o Assist in inspection of asphalt resurfacing efforts and the protection of water and sewer assets utilizing GIS information and other tracking software.  
o Assist with database audit reports of project management processes within e-Builder, the construction and capital program management tracking software (Trimble software package) 

Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Program (one (1) position): 
o Gain exposure to numerous working groups across the water and wastewater utility 
o Assist with preparation for the CIP related meetings and project request submissions, covers submission and review of all capital funded projects and programs 
o Assist with data analytics related to project costs, schedule and cash flows 
o Assist with project tracking using e-Builder and project mapping using ESRI software products 

Installation and Development Services (IDS) Division (one (1) position):  
o Participate in the various phases of plan review, construction inspection, and acceptance processes of privately-funded (donated) water and wastewater infrastructure projects including water and sewer connections 
o Become familiar with the regulatory requirements for water and sanitary sewer infrastructure that may be applicable through laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards 
Planning Division (one (1) position): 
o Assist in water and wastewater hydraulic analyses and modeling using hydraulic modeling software packages 
o Assist in data collection, analytics, and presentation for regulatory reporting and departmental initiatives. 
o Support engineering studies in support of water and wastewater infrastructure master planning, project analysis and design, and field assessments and data collection associated with existing infrastructure (e.g., water main valves, hydrants, and flow monitoring

Preferred Qualification

Exposure to design, installation or maintenance of water and sanitary sewer (wastewater) infrastructure and/or project management of infrastructure projects 

Minimum Qualifications

Current enrollment in an accredited college or university leading towards a Bachelor's degree in an Engineering or Construction Management Program with major course work relevant to the noted major duties and responsibilities. 

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

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The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

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The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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