Pollution Prevention (P2) Intern Program

The P2 Intern Program is a nonregulatory, summer program designed to link top-level engineering and environmental sciences students with business and industry. Collaborations focus on projects to reduce energy use, emissions and wastes, benefiting the company bottom line and the Kansas environment. Students work with a technical advisor from PPI and a host company to research P2 projects that reduce or eliminate –

  • energy and water use
  • air emissions
  • hazardous and solid wastes
  • water contaminants
  • employee risks

Learn more about the P2 Intern Program and submit your application!

Internship Overview

P2 interns research effective waste-reducing solutions which help companies reduce operating costs, regulatory compliance burdens, and their environmental footprint. Through these projects, students gain hands-on experience in an industrial setting plus an understanding of pollution prevention strategies as value-added options for problem solving and environmental management.

Businesses gain well-developed, specific options for improved operating efficiency, cost savings, reduced waste, and decreased regulatory burden. If your business wants to explore P2 opportunities for your operations, but lacks time or resources, the PPI P2 Intern Program is a unique opportunity to make headway on that new project!

Student and business application screening for the next summer begins in mid-December and continues until positions are filled. If you are interested in participating, please complete the on-line Business Application or Student Application. Send any other inquiries or documents electronically to to the PPI Intern Coordinator.

Financial support—Interns receive up to $15/hour plus travel reimbursements to and from their host company location. Students also gain an education in pollution prevention—knowledge of this environmental principle will be advantageous to any future career. Many P2 internships throughout the United States have resulted in employment offers from host companies. Participating businesses bear the cost of the intern’s wages in one of two ways -

1. The busuness can hire the selected student intern and pay the intern a minimum of $15/hour, or

2. PPI will hire the intern and invoice the business based on the intern's timesheet as verified by the business.

How to participate in the P2 Intern Program

Students enrolled in engineering or science programs at an accredited college or university in Kansas and who have at least a “junior” standing by the start of their internship summer, can apply for an intern position.

Application screening begins in December and continues until positions are filled. To complete the Student Application or Business Application, you need the free Acrobat Reader to view and print the pdf file.  you may also get a copy of the application by sending an e-mail request to the PPI Intern Coordinator.

Applications completed on-line will be submitted through the on-line system. Hard copy applications can be scanned and e-mailed or mailed to:

David Carter, PPI Intern Coordinator
133 Ward Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-2508
Phone: 785-532-4998

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If you have questions or would like more details about the program, please call our environmental hotline and ask for the P2 Intern Program coordinator at 800-578-8898.

K-State Pollution Prevention Institute
(800) 578-8898 | sbeap@ksu.edu
133 Ward Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506