Internship Program

Yuba Water's 2021 Summer Interns

Yuba Water hosted two interns in 2021. Katelyn Condon (California State University, Chico '23) interned with the communications team and Isabel Burne (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, '24) interned with the agency's water resources group. While each arrived with distinct aspirations and backgrounds, they each had the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience after more than a year of online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A photo of a woman standing near a hydropower generation facility.Isabel Burne (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 2023) is a Lotus, California native studying forestry and natural resources at CalPoly San Luis Obispo. Isabel’s goals for her internship were to gain field experience and learn more about watershed management. During her internship, Isabel learned how to take flow and groundwater measurements, and the basics of water-related data entry and record management. Isabel said the opportunity to conduct fieldwork was especially valuable since her first year of college was spent fully remote and online.

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Katelyn Condon (California State University, Chico, 2023) is originally from El Dorado, California. She is currently studying business administration with an emphasis in marketing at Chico State. Katelyn said she was drawn to an internship with Yuba Water because it was an opportunity to develop her skills in public affairs and communications and learn about water resource management. Her projects included supporting the agency’s 2021 residential water conservation campaign, researching, writing and editing news stories, analyzing engagement statistics and more.

Learn more about Yuba Water's previous interns and their experiences

The Experience

Yuba Water Agency’s internship program provides opportunities for current college-level students looking for experience in engineering, compliance, communications, environmental studies, water resources and hydrography. 

During their time with Yuba Water Agency, interns get to see and experience the fifth tallest dam in the U.S. - New Bullards Bar, the largest single-cast Pelton Wheels ever manufactured, and all of the systems that keep the agency operating at the highest level possible.

Interns are assigned routine projects with direct oversight, and are able to work a maximum of 920 hours per fiscal year. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current college studentInterns work with hydrographers along one of Yuba Water Agency’s canals
  • Combined GPA of 2.5 or higher


  • Pass background check, physical and drug screening
  • Provide references upon request
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license


  • Salary is $15.00 per hour
  • Interns are supplied arc flash rated clothing, if necessary

For more details and to apply online, use our job portal and follow the instructions