Water Stewardship Intern: Summer 2022

Background: The Water Council (TWC) is a global hub dedicated to solving critical water challenges by driving innovation in freshwater technology and advancing water stewardship. Built on more than a century of water innovation, TWC has coalesced one of the most concentrated and mature water technology clusters in the world from its headquarters at the Global Water Center in Milwaukee, Wis. Recognizing the need for smarter and more sustainable use of water worldwide, TWC also promotes water stewardship as a natural complement to water innovation in the effort to preserve freshwater resources in the Midwest and around the world. Today, The Water Council has established itself as a global leader in the water industry and one of America’s premier economic development clusters as recognized by government agencies, Brookings and the Harvard Business School.

Synopsis: The Water Council is a seeking a graduate-level intern to assist in the business development of clients for TWC Stewardship Platform programs with a focus on the WAVE program, which provides companies a way to improve their water stewardship and, importantly, have it independently verified. It is a six-step methodology for improving, reporting and recognizing good corporate water stewardship. Help may be needed in support of customized client engagements as well as other office tasks in furtherance of the TWC mission.

Location: A hybrid of in-person and/or virtual. While interns based in Wisconsin are preferable, consideration will be given to qualified candidates throughout North America.
The Water Council
247 Freshwater Way, Suite 500
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Additional meetings and work activities will take place offsite from time to time.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:
Stewardship Platform Business Lead Development & Implementation

  • Assist TWC professional staff with the rollout of the WAVE as companies seek to accelerate their water stewardship performance. All of this program will need assistance from client management to development of program guidance.
  • Assist with internal data management (leads, sites, members, accredited individuals) of companies headquartered in the U.S., Canada and Mexico to implement the WAVE. Duties including assisting in the management of these contacts and tracking engagement.
  • Assist with business lead development and management of leads for other TWC Stewardship Platform services like training and customized client advisory services.

General Water Stewardship Project Support

  • Assist with sector-specific water stewardship work underway with trade associations. Similar to the WAVE, every aspect from client management to guidance development will require help.
  • Assist with advisory services client work on an as-needed basis.
  • Assistance may be needed in helping with general WAVE communications and social media channels; other areas such as responding to public inquiries as well as other duties as assigned and needed.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
• Data collection and management (Excel, databases, etc.)
• Research skills (regulatory, industry information)
• Knowledge of economic, environmental and social aspects of water issues (e.g., knowledge of industrial water use and understanding of watershed risk factors and conditions)
• Multi-tasking while maintaining attention to detail and accuracy
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office
• Strong communicator: ability to ask questions to clarify and take direction, run with projects and know when to check-in for updates
• Ability to work in team environment but also on individual assignments

Days /Hours/Pay:
The ideal candidate can start in April/May 2022 and commit through August 2021, assuming work performance meets or exceeds expectations. The ideal candidate can work a minimum of 20 hours per week.
Pay: hourly rate $18.00/hour to be paid twice a month. (University Credits may also be available through Internships or Independent Study.)

Matt Howard, Vice President Water Stewardship, The Water Council

To apply, send your resume with email cover letter to Matt Howard with “Intern Application” in the subject line. Feel free to email Mr. Howard with any questions. Application deadline is March 31.