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 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 at the end of January and continues until positions are filled. If you are interested in participating, please complete the Business Application or Student Application and send or fax it to the PPI Intern Coordinator by January 31.

Financial support—Interns receive up to $15/hour plus fringe, and 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 and the PPI share the cost of the intern’s wages.

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. Complete the Student Application or Business Application. You need the free Acrobat Reader to view and print the pdf file, or you may get a copy of the application by sending an e-mail request to dcarter@ksu.edu.

Completed business and student applications should be completed on-line. Hard copy applications can be sent to:

David Carter, P2 Intern Program 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