DEP's Air Quality, Energy and Sustainability (AQES) Program runs a year-round Student Internship Program. During their internships, students have an opportunity to explore the various AQES offices, as well as present their research and findings to upper management. They are also given opportunities to attend meetings, hearings, presentations and other special events. AQES covers a wide variety of topics, including air quality monitoring, planning, permitting and regulation; air toxics; energy policy and economic analysis; energy markets; energy efficiency and renewable energy; energy resiliency; electricity delivery and reliability; electric vehicle infrastructure and technology; fossil energy; advanced energy technologies; nuclear energy; radiation protection, compliance, and enforcement; sustainability; recycling outreach and communications and carbon emissions. For more information about AQES and its activities, visit us at http://www.nj.gov/dep/aqes and Like us on Facebook.
The AQES Student Internship Program offers opportunities for students in the summer, fall and spring. Up to five (5) internships will be offered each session. While these internships are unpaid, the Intern Program Manager will work with an educational institution’s cooperative education office to enable students to obtain college credit upon request.
Given the broad range of topics covered by AQES, students in a variety of educational disciplines (e.g., environmental science/studies, geography, chemistry, biology, physics, meteorology, computer mapping/geographic information systems (GIS), engineering, economics, law, business, communications, graphic design, etc.) will be considered. Eligible candidates must have completed their first year of college.
Summer 2017 applications are now being accepted.
In order to ensure that interns have time to complete their projects, we require that they work a minimum of 8 weeks with no less than 14 hours per week. In addition, to facilitate group intern interaction and activities, Summer 2017 interns must start no later than the week of June 5th and end no sooner than the week of July 17th. Completed applications (open with Adobe Acrobat Reader) for Summer 2017, along with a resume, brief writing sample, your most recent transcript, and three references (name and phone number for either professional or educational contacts) should be submitted to AQESintern@dep.nj.gov by no later than March 31st.
Assist the AQES Office of Sustainability in organizing, reviewing and ranking submittals to its two student contests announced this spring; a poetry contest for grades 4-6 and logo/slogan contest for grades 9-11. The winning submittals will be used by the DEP to promote the State’s recycling message.
Determining the Environmental Benefits of Microgrids
Research the potential environmental benefits associated with various configurations of microgrid technologies (e.g., combined heat and power generators, photovoltaics, battery storage, small wind generators, small-scale hydro-electric generators, stand-alone generators and fuel cells). The State is working on a pilot program to develop town center-based microgrid projects to facilitate distributed generation, and the NJDEP needs this preliminary research to help determine ways to maximize the environmental benefits of these projects.
Visualizing Elevated Ozone Air Pollution
Continue development of a 4D analysis framework animating the travel of an air parcel from its origin, tracking its path as it moves across the eastern U.S. where precursor emissions are added, ultimately resulting in unhealthy ozone concentrations in New Jersey. This project involves the use of ArcGIS Pro software to obtain, develop, and depict factors contributing to ozone formation and moving the air parcel through time. The project will involve analyzing 1 – 3 episodes of high ozone concentrations important to the air quality in New Jersey and/or to the adjacent areas. The objective of this project is to develop a simple visual to help understand the many factors that affect ozone concentrations.
Improving X-Ray Compliance Efficiency
Assist AQES’ Bureau of X-Ray Compliance staff with a number of technical tasks designed to improve their operations and efficiency. Tasks would include: 1) updating the Entrance Skin Exposure dose ranges for various procedures and image receptors; 2) preparing a list of inspection requirements that the x-ray licensee registrants need to have available during therapy inspections; and; 3) conducting research using trade manuals such as Radiology Today on various types of x-ray equipment technology (from research and development phase to production (retail)) that inspector might find during an inspection
Radiation Fact Sheets
Support Bureau of Environmental Radiation staff in reconciling information in its general licensing database, as well as develop updated summary fact sheets suitable for sharing with public for radiologically contaminated sites in New Jersey. Summaries will include basic information about each site (e.g., how was the site contaminated, which radionuclides are there and what is the range of concentrations?), as well as pictures and GPS coordinates to enhance the public presentation.
*** The maximum number of interns that will be taken on in any one session is five (5). The projects pursued will be those with intern candidates that best meet staff expectations for successfully completion. ***