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Water Bureau Internship Program: 4 Engineering Internship Opportunities Now Available

Welcome to the Portland Water Bureau Internship Program!


The application deadline for the Portland Water Bureau’s Engineering Interships is
Monday, March 31, 2014 by 4:30 PM Pacific Time. 

The following four Portland Water Bureau UNPAID positions are open for summer 2014 internship. They are for up to 40 hours per week. Design, Construction Management, and Land Surveying/ROW Acquisition internship opportunities will work out of the Portland Building at 1120 SW 5th Avenue, Portland, Oregon. 

Applications are due by Monday, March 31, 2014 by 4:30 PM Pacific Time.

To apply, download, save and then complete the Engineering Intern 2014 Application. Submit the completed application by email to Susan Bailey, Water Bureau Administrative Manager, at  


Click here to download the Engineering Intern 2014 Application or visit

Contact Susan Bailey at 503-823-1956 or


One UNPAID Position
The Design Section conducts basic research on water main projects, prepares technical reports, and prepares cost estimate/takeoff. Office support and assisting project managers with fieldwork is also needed.  Applicants should be majoring in civil or environmental engineering. 

Construction Management                  
Two UNPAID Positions
Duties in the Construction Management Section include office support, assistance in managing contracting submittals file support, and assistance to project manager engineers and construction inspectors with fieldwork.  Applicants should be majoring in civil or environmental engineering. 

Land Surveying /ROW Acquisition     
One UNPAID Position 
As an intern in Land Surveying/ROW Acquisition you will be introduced to the different aspects of working in a land Survey Department that includes a Right-of-Way (ROW) Acquisition Department.  In a standard land survey project, you will become familiar with the tools to research and gather existing land survey data to support survey projects for design infrastructure improvements and development. You will also become familiar with updating and maintaining group land survey records through the use of Bentley MicroStation to post survey project results in a group database. You will make use of public records available over the internet that retrieves land survey data of record and land ownership information to assist in mapping of survey and ROW information. Results are used to assist crews in the field to recover and map monuments of record to assist in proper mapping of topographic (planimetric and 3D) survey data within the public ROW.  There are numerous City projects that require field land survey work including field topographic surveys, construction of pipeline alignments within public ROW and City owned easements and properties, pressure zone surveys to rate regulation of water pressures, and numerous property line determination work to assist the ROW Section.  You will be trained in the use of our technologically state of the art equipment, including LEICA System 1200 GPS and terrestrial equipment using RTK technology from the ODOT statewide Real Time network and Digital leveling for high precision vertical networks. Applicants should be majoring in civil engineering or professional land surveying.

The Portland Water Bureau Internship program is an excellent way to gain on the job experience and forge connections with professionals in the Engineering field. If you have a question or would like to request additional information on the Intership program, please email Susan Bailey, Water Bureau Administrative Manager.