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Pollution Prevention Internship Program

The Southwest Ohio Pollution Prevention (P2) Internship Program is a partnership between Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District, Butler County Recycling & Solid Waste District, Montgomery County Solid Waste Management District, and Ohio EPA. The program trains and hosts college interns at selected companies in Hamilton, Butler, and Montgomery counties. The Districts fund approximately 75 percent of the internship and the chosen companies match 25 percent. The goal of the internship program is to give businesses fresh and innovative ideas about pollution prevention, save companies money through implementation of P2 solutions, give students an edge in obtaining full-time employment after graduation, and create and keep technically skilled jobs in Ohio.

P2 Intern Program Details

Who is eligible to participate?

Interested industries must apply to receive an intern. Proposed projects must have a clear relationship to the Pollution Prevention/Energy Efficiency Hierarchy, described as source reduction, energy efficiency, reuse, recycling, and energy recovery. Companies applying for a summer intern must:

  • Be located in Butler County, Hamilton County, or Montgomery County, Ohio.

  • Identify projects suitable for an intern and that support long-term environmental goals.

  • Share project outcomes with the Districts. Confidential information will not be disclosed. 

Students applying for the intern positions must:

  • Be enrolled in a four-year undergraduate or graduate degree program with at least two years completed, or be a recent graduate.

  • Be knowledgeable in engineering, environmental studies, or related field.

  • Commit to working full-time for 12 weeks from mid-May to mid-August.

  • Submit progress and final reports, and share a results presentation.

  • Provide their own housing and transportation.


How much does it cost to participate?

The program is designed to allow participating companies to hire an intern at minimal cost. With the Districts paying as much as 75 percent of the intern’s salary, the typical cost to a company is about $2,500.

Why Participate?

Since 2008, the average annual savings to be realized by participating P2 industries is $133,000/year through water, energy and waste reductions. 

2020 Pollution Prevention Internship  

Business Application

Business applications due February  21, 2020.

Please describe your P2 projects in detail so we can provide an optimal intern match

Butler County businesses: Download an application.  Please email anne.fiehrerflaig@bcohio.us or call (513) 887-3963 for more details.

Hamilton County businesses: Please email mary.cropenbaker@hamilton-co.org or call (513)
946-7732 for more details.

Montgomery County businesses: email minearj@mcohio.org or call (937) 781-3060 to obtain an application.

Student Application

The program is designed for upper level undergraduates and graduate students. Acceptable fields of study include Environmental, Civil, Chemical, Mechanical, or Industrial Engineering Majors, Environmental Health and Safety Majors, and Environmental Science Majors.

The application package, must include: cover letter, resume, and a completed student application form. Applications are due via email by February 21, 2020.



Butler County Recycling & Solid Waste District 
130 High Street, Hamilton OH 45011
(513) 887-3653

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