Water Monitoring and Treatment Technologies (Buford, GA)

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Applications due February 11, 2024 by 5pm EST

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The Water Tower

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Project Lead(s):

Christopher Impellitteri

Project Work Location(s)*:

2500 Clean Water Court, Buford, GA, 30519

*Interns are required to live in or within commuting distance from this location, unless otherwise noted.

Project Workdays and Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8:00-4:00


Water, Monitoring, Treatment

Project Description:

The Water Tower Institute (TWTI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit water innovation hub located in Buford, GA. An important part of TWTI’s mission is evaluating and optimizing new and innovative technologies for water monitoring and treatment. This project will involve laboratory and field work for detecting and removing biological and chemical contaminants from water. TWTI will be evaluating new methods and technologies for detecting microorganisms in water using digital polymerase chain reaction (dPCR) assays and other innovative approaches.  The project will also evaluate new and innovative media for removing per-and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS, also known as “forever” chemicals) and other contaminants, such as heavy metals, from water. TWTI can provide PIN interns with practical knowledge on water issues throughout the US. The interns will also be able to gain exposure to the world of water through TWTI connections with professionals, state and federal agencies, utilities, and academic partner institutions including the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Georgia, the University of North Georgia, Auburn University, and the University of Alabama.

Intern Contributions:

The two interns will:

– Learn new dPCR techniques for detecting and quantifying microorganism genes in water samples.

– Learn analytical chemistry techniques for quantifying anions, metals, PFAS, and other water contaminants of concern.

– Learn and apply bench-scale water treatment tests to evaluate new technologies including sorption media, filtration, and membranes.

– Perform basic statistical and data analysis and data interpretation for presentations/posters.

Water contaminants can be a pernicious problem for drinking water, wastewater treatment and discharge, source water, and recreational exposure. Communities at all levels (local, regional, national) can benefit from more efficient and less costly ways for monitoring and treating water. The PIN interns can contribute beneficially to the projects through providing laboratory and field support for evaluating new monitoring and treatment approaches. The PIN interns will learn about a wide variety of sampling and analytical methods for evaluating water. They will receive formal training on laboratory safety and chemical hygiene. They will also have the chance to creatively contribute to new water monitoring and treatment approaches. TWTI also works with utilities and engineering consulting firms. The interns will have opportunities to tour and learn about water treatment plants and network with water professionals throughout the US.

Project Learning Goals:

– Microbial analysis techniques

– Chemical analysis techniques

– Data analysis and interpretation

– Technical writing and presentations

Top Required or Desired Intern Skills, Knowledge, and/or Majors:

Majors in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Chemistry, or Biology will be best suited for the positions. Expertise/experience with laboratory and field work (e.g. sampling, basic water quality measurements, etc.) would be a plus but not required. Degree level is flexible and TWTI can tailor efforts to the individuals’ experience and education.

Intern Deliverables**:

One or two posters that will provide a summary of the research performed. Data and research results for reports, white papers, and/or journal publications.

**All interns are required to attend two in-person events, the PIN Summer Internship Opening and Closing Ceremonies:

– Opening Ceremony in Macon, GA on Friday, May 10th.

– Closing Ceremony at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA on Friday, August 2nd.

Applications due February 11, 2024 by 5pm EST

Apply: Click here to apply

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