RISE Internship: Green Stormwater Infrastructure Equity & Engagement Intern at Pima County Regional Flood Control District

RISE Internship: Green Stormwater Infrastructure Equity & Engagement Intern at Pima County Regional Flood Control District

Position Title: GSI Equity & Engagement Intern
Reports to: Nichole Casebeer
Hours/Week: 10-20
Internship Date Range: Begins July 1st 2024, Internship term is 4 to 5 months
Location: Public Works Building, 7th Floor, 210 N Stone Ave, Tucson AZ, 85701

About the Resilience Internships and Student Experiences (RISE) Program:

The RISE Program is hosted by the Arizona Institute for Resilience (AIR) and provides undergraduate and graduate students with paid internships related to resilient environments and societies. RISE internships give students experience in workplace settings with an opportunity to grow their interpersonal skills and prepare them for careers after graduation. 

About Pima County Regional Flood Control District (PCRFCD), Engineering and Landscape Architecture Division: 

Leading design and implementation of stormwater infrastructure investments within the Pima County Regional Flood Control District (PCRFCD), the Engineering and Landscape Architecture (ELA) division plays a pivotal role in stewarding project stakeholder relationships. These relationships not only facilitate project design and execution but also cultivate the enduring community connections and benefits such projects create. Hosted within the ELA division, the RISE intern will gain insights into the significance of stormwater infrastructure design in nurturing community environmental resilience, while collaborating with the ELA team to devise community engagement strategies that champion equitable and socially responsible project outcomes.

Internship summary: 

Crafting contextually sensitive stormwater infrastructure solutions that meaningfully benefit Pima County residents, particularly those in underserved and vulnerable communities, necessitates the integration of community-centered engagement strategies into project design and implementation processes. The intern will aid the ELA division in developing and enhancing engagement tools and procedures to ensure that project investments are aligned with community needs and aspirations, while also equitably delivering community benefits countywide. Given the specialized requirements of underserved communities and RFCD's intensified focus on equity-driven initiatives, the RISE intern will concentrate on formulating strategies for embedding equity-centered frameworks, procedures, and tools into division-led project endeavors.

Internship description: 

The RISE intern will collaborate with the ELA division to explore and identify equity-centered engagement best practices. These practices will inform the development of outreach policies, formal guidance, and tools to be embraced by RFCD in support of project planning and implementation within the ELA division. Under the guidance and mentorship of ELA staff, the intern will undertake the following core tasks and responsibilities, producing the following deliverables during their internship:

>> Case-Study Compilation

  • Research and compile local project efforts in Pima County that showcase innovative approaches to equity-centered outreach and engagement. 
  • Intern may collaborate with UA Professors on current research to further enrich the case studies, providing insights into emerging trends and best practices.

>> White Paper 

  • The white paper will synthesize key findings from the background research, literature review and case-study compilation, highlighting actionable recommendations for RFCD and other stakeholders.
  • The white paper should recommend specific strategies, tools and materials to be developed or implemented to support equity-centered flood control project development
  • Intern will present white paper at relevant meetings to disseminate the white paper's findings to a broader audience and encourage dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders.


Ideal candidate must demonstrate:

  • A passion for equity-centered environmental work, with experience in community engagement and relationship building.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, organization, self-motivation, and time management 
  • Relevant experience in research, writing, editing
  • Graphic design, including proficiency in the Adobe Creative suite, is preferred


  • 10 – 20 hours a week
  • Internship requires a minimum 10 hours a week for a 3-month commitment from time of hire, with option for up 4 to 5 months total 


The intern will be compensated through the RISE Internship Program at $18 hourly. 

How to Apply: 

Applicants must be active UArizona students. 

Please submit the application materials as a single PDF to:

  • Nichole Casebeer, nichole.casebeer@pima.gov
  • All applications must include the following materials:
    • A cover letter describing your interest and qualifications.
    • Resume 
    • Writing or Research Work Sample – Please compile 2 to 3 excerpts from articles, reports, essays, or other example writings. 10 pages maximum. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Successful applicants will be invited in for interviews within a two-week window following the application closing date. A final applicant will be selected and notified by June 21st to start in the position no earlier than July 1st.

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