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EREF's Internship in Excellence Program

EREF's Internship in Excellence Program offers full-time undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor’s degree a unique, hands-on opportunity to experience the world of solid waste management.

Internship positions will be available for the Summer 2019 term for students majoring in Environmental Sustainability, Engineering, Business Management and Communications. This program allows students to submit one application and be considered for multiple positions across the U.S.

Application Deadline: December 28, 2018 at 5 pm EST

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Interns will work full-time over the summer at companies focused on solid waste management, where they will learn to talk trash, understand day-to-day business operations and contribute to the industry. Upon successful completion of the program and other requirements, interns will be eligible to receive a cash scholarship. Applications will be accepted online here until December 28, 2018 at 5 pm (EST).

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to

EREF is a 501(c)3 class charity that funds and directs scientific research and educational initiatives for waste management practices to benefit industry participants and the communities they serve.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

2019 Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving InstitutionsThe purpose of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Summer Research Team (SRT) Program is to increase and enhance the scientific leadership at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS. This program provides faculty and student research teams with the opportunity to conduct research at the university-based DHS Centers of Excellence (DHS Centers). The SRT Program and DHS Centers are sponsored by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs.

Faculty: receive a $1,200 weekly stipend and are encouraged to apply for up to $50,000 in follow-on funding at the end of their appointment.

Graduate students: receive a $700 weekly stipend.

Undergraduate students: receive a $600 weekly stipend.

All participants may be eligible to receive housing and travel allowances.

10-week research experiences are offered at university-based DHS Centers of Excellence (DHS Centers).

Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more.  Additional information regarding DHS Areas of Research may be found on the program website. U.S. citizenship required

Previous program participants may apply.

Application deadline: December 21, 2018 11:59 pm EST.

How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at

 Detailed information about the program can be found at:  For questions please email us at