Frequently Asked Questions (P2 Intern Program)

These are some of the common questions businesses and students have about the program. If your question isn't listed or if you would like further assistance, please contact the Intern Coordinator: 785.532.3378 (office) or 800.578.8898 (hotline).

Who sponsors the program?
Primary funding for coordinating the intern program comes from the EPA's National P2 Grants.

Who can apply?
The program is open to engineering and sciences students enrolled at accredited Kansas colleges or universities and who will have at least a junior standing by the start of the internship summer.

Any business, industry, facility, or entity from Kansas can host an intern if viable pollution prevention projects have been identified. If you have questions about whether your projects qualify, contact the Intern Coordinator.

How are interns paid?
Interns receive up to $17/hour plus travel reimbursements to and from their host company location.

In most cases, students are hired as employees of the Pollution Prevention Institute through Kansas State University. The interns submit bi-weekly timesheets that are reviewed by their on-site supervisors and paid by K-State, then intern hosts are billed at the end of each month. This billing uses the fringe benefit rate defined by K-State for student employees enrolled in less than 6 credit ours.

PPI covers the interns’ travel reimbursements to and from the host company for training purposes. Site-specific requirements (e.g. personal protective equipment) are the responsibility of the host company but are tracked by PPI as part of matching funds reporting required by the grant.

What will hosting an intern cost?
The total investment for an intern (before implementing projects) is about $7500.

As university student employees, interns are capped at 40 hours per week.
$17/hour * 40 hour/week * 11 weeks = $7480

How are interns trained?
The first week of the internship is a four-day overview of pollution prevention strategies for industrial environments, hosted at K-State. Topics include universal subjects like utility bills, lighting, water conservation, toxics reduction, and solid waste as well as project-specific subjects such as motors, pumps, steam systems, or waste recovery. Principles from this training will be advantageous to any future career, and many P2 internships throughout the United States have resulted in employment offers from host companies.

What happens during the internship?
Interns spend the first week in training and spend 10 weeks on-site, collecting data and writing reports. All intern reports are submitted to the on-site supervisor, intern coordinator, and assigned pollution prevention or energy specialist. PPI reviews these reports for technical content and provides feedback and guidance on the intern’s activities.

An intern reports his or her activities and findings each week. Halfway through the internship, all interns attend a retreat where they submit a 30-50% progress report and present their work so far.

A written final report is due at the end of the internship; this document is a record of the interns methods, findings, and recommendations for the host companies’ use only. PPI encourages interns to present their findings to their host companies and/or project stakeholders and maintains copies of their reports for at least five years.

The intern also develops a case study that will be published on PPI’s website after the internship, once the host company has approved its content.

Finally, interns present their projects to the EPA in mid-September. These presentations are open to any viewers who wish to attend.

I don’t know if my projects qualify...
Start by contacting the Intern Coordinator: 785.532.3378 (office) or 800.578.8898 (hotline).

PPI staff can visit on-site to assist in identifying projects.

For companies that only have one or two projects or aren't ready for a full-time intern, there’s also the circuit rider option.  Instead of working with a single company for 10 weeks, a circuit rider typically visits 4-6 related industries for 1-2 days over the summer and focuses on one or two projects per company.


K-State Pollution Prevention Institute
(800) 578-8898 |
2323 Anderson Ave., Suite 300, Manhattan, KS 66506