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Category: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Type: Internship

Location: In-Person in Richland

Application Deadline: May. 6, 2024

Starts: May. 6, 2024

Available Positions: 15

Salary Range: $16.28 - $36.95

$ Paid
 Full Time
 Part Time


Job Responsibilities/Duties
The Summer Internship Program at Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS)  provides professional development opportunities for students to gain valuable work experience on the Hanford Site,  located in Southeastern Washington state.  Hanford was established to produce the world’s first atomic bomb in the Second World War and continued producing plutonium for the Cold War efforts from 1945 to 1991.  WRPS’  mission is to safely handle the byproduct of this massive operation,  to ensure a clean environment for future generations.

Summer Internships are paid and are 10 to 12 weeks in duration.  Interns must hire and onboard no later than June 24,  2024.  The work location is Richland,  WA,  either in town or on the Hanford site (30 miles away).  Housing and transportation are not provided.  Lodging and transportation recommendations for the Tri-Cities will be provided upon request.

Engineering Intern opportunities are available to support integrated technical solutions to the complex challenges of the Tank Operations Contract (TOC)  for engineering disciplines that may include process,  mechanical,  civil,  chemical,  structural,  software,  computer,  electrical,  control systems and nuclear engineering.  Selected Interns will partner with Subject Matter Experts (SME),  mentors and other staff in the following Engineering organizations including,  but not limited to:

Design Engineering
Provides in-house design engineering support to Production Operations,  Single Shell Tank (SST)  Retrievals and Tank Farm Projects.  It is responsible for oversight of design execution and change control and drawing configuration control for the TOC and owns the associated procedures.  Design Engineering is also responsible for Procurement Engineering and supports implementation of the Commercial Grade Dedication (CGD)  process.

Tank Farms Projects &  Direct Feed Low Activity Waste (DFLAW)  Engineering
Provides a variety of engineering services in support of Tank Farm infrastructure projects and ensures proper implementation of engineering requirements from the TOC functional Engineering organization.  It also provides review,  integration and execution of the technical aspects associated with integrity and fitness-for-service programs covering the Double Shell Tank (DST),  SST,  Waste Transfer,  242-A,  Effluent Treatment Facility (ETF)  and ancillary facilities or systems.  It provides a central engineering overview of the conditions and operations pertaining to the corrosion control program and maintaining the long term health of systems necessary to support the Tank Farm mission.

Process &  Integrity Engineering
Supports safe and compliant TOC operations through:  providing technical integration among Process Engineering,  Tank Waste Characterization,  and Mission Analysis Engineering with Mission Integration and Technology Development managers and TOC Operations managers;  evaluating Production Operations and Retrieval activities to ensure consistency with the River Protection Project (RPP)  System Plan and comply with Safety Basis,  Environmental and Operational requirements;  and providing process leadership to Production Operations to plan waste transfers,  retrievals and evaporator campaigns;  providing process leadership to other areas of the company and special task teams in support of mission objectives.

Process &  Control System (P&CS)  Engineering
Responsible for design,  development,  and day-to-day oversight of process control computer systems and process software applications used to support the TOC mission.

Production Operations Engineering
Provides a variety of engineering services in support of the operation and maintenance of TOC facilities and ensuring proper implementation of engineering requirements,  including:  developing inputs,  assumptions and design criteria for tank farm facility modifications;  administrating the System Engineering program and providing Cognizant System Engineering (CSE)  and Shift Technical Engineer (STE)  support to facilities;  providing resident waste transfer and characterization technical expertise and facility knowledge in support of operability determinations,  performance monitoring program,  centralized resolution of Structures,  Systems,  and Components (SSC)  performance problems;  and providing Maintenance Engineering support.

Specific project scope will be identified in interviews.

WRPS promotes equal employment opportunities to all participants based upon their training,  performance,  experience and overall qualifications.  Maintaining a workforce that represents a cultural diversity is a core strategic objective at WRPS.  WRPS fosters a work environment where employees recognize,  appreciate,  respect,  and value winning contributions of all people,  regardless of their differences.


Required Qualifications
*U.S.  Citizenship.
*Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).
*At least 18 years of age.
*Enrolled in a degree program that relates to WRPS work,  with emphasis in specific disciplines that supports the cleanup mission and is relevant to the field of study.
*Enrolled as a full-time student (12+  credit hours)  during the three quarters or two semesters immediately preceding the start of the internship.

Desired Qualifications
Depending on the nature of your employment with WRPS,  you can expect the following:
-  A business casual dress work environment:  jeans are permissible (restrictions may apply).
-  Opportunity for work/life balance:  a standard 4 x 10 work schedule,  allowing more personal time to enjoy life outside of the office (other schedules and/or shift work may be required).
-  Many positions (non-bargaining)  that allow for a hybrid work environment,  a combination of in-office and telework (restrictions may apply).

Compensation &  Benefits
Hourly Rate/Range:
*Freshman -  $16.28
*Sophomore -  $18.20 to $22.85
*Junior -  $20.002 to $36.950
*Senior -  $23.602 to $36.950

WRPS considers a candidate’s discipline of study as it relates to the position being filled and current academic standing when determining hiring rate.  Note a candidate’s prior salary history will not be taken into consideration.

In accordance with the Service Contract Act,  this position is also eligible for the health &  welfare wage adder of up to $4.41 per hour.

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