Internship for Science-Practice Integration

The Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC) undergraduate internship program bridges the world of academia to the world of water management by placing students within agencies to carry out projects with a use-inspired research component. Through the program, students learn about the concepts and practical aspects of boundary research. The one-semester internship program is available to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

The DCDC internship program integrates the following areas by expecting the students:

  1. to work 10 hours per week on a project that their internship mentor has identified as relevant;
  2. to participate in a weekly 3-credit hour class to discuss how to design and implement an original research project and to build skills in the areas of communication, facilitation of meetings and presentation delivery;
  3. to develop an original research project that is inspired by insights that the students gain in their internship project, thus linking “science” and “practice”; and
  4. to ensure academic rigor by teaming-up with faculty and receiving academic advice on their research project.

DCDC offers the ISPI internship program each spring semester (January through May) in collaboration with Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability and Barrett, The Honors College. Research projects are tailored to the needs of the agency two months prior to the start of the internship. DCDC provides a stipend for the internship.

If you would like to host an internship student or would like additional information, please contact:

Katie Peige
Education and Community Outreach Coordinator
Decision Center for a Desert City
(480)727-9262

2013

2013 ISPI Interns with Dave White and Sarah Jones

2013 ISPI Interns with Dave White and Sarah Jones

Residential Landscaping Decisions and Water Usage in the City of Phoenix

  • Emily Allen, ISPI Intern with the City of Phoenix [poster]
  • Doug Frost, Mentor, City of Phoenix
  • Elizabeth Wentz, ASU Faculty Mentor

Analysis of Water Consumption Trends in the City of Goodyear

  • Christopher Berg, ISPI Intern with the City of Goodyear [poster]
  • Mark Holmes, Mentor, City of Goodyear
  • Ray Quay, ASU Faculty Mentor

Implementation of Low Impact Development Paving Strategies in Central Arizona

  • Erin Brechbiel, ISPI Intern with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension [poster]
  • Summer Waters, Mentor, U of A Cooperative Extension
  • Abigail York, ASU Faculty Mentor

Potential Attributes of Water Use Variation in Mixed Use Residential Landscapes

  • Joseph Hennessy, ISPI Intern with the City of Phoenix [poster]
  • Douglas Frost and Adam Miller, Mentors, City of Phoenix
  • Dave White, ASU Faculty Mentor

Modeling Well Specific Pumping at the Provider Level

  • Taylor Ketchum, ISPI Intern with Arizona Department of Water Resources [poster]
  • Dale Mason and Frank Corkhill, Mentors, Arizona Department of Water Resources
  • David Sampson, ASU Faculty Mentor

Criteria-Based Risk Assessment for Sustainable Water Quality in Municipal Wells

  • Samantha Kohlwey, ISPI Intern with the City of Mesa [poster]
  • Brian Draper and Colette Moore, Mentors, City of Mesa
  • Ray Quay, ASU Faculty Mentor

Complexities of Analyzing the Water/Energy Nexus in Small Hillside Water Distribution Systems

  • Winnie (Ching Yan) Lau, ISPI Intern with the City of Phoenix [poster]
  • Andy Terrey, Mentor, City of Phoenix
  • Benjamin Ruddell, ASU Faculty Mentor

Effective Engagements at the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area

  • Martin Montes de Oca, ISPI Intern with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension [poster]
  • Summer Waters, Mentor, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
  • Monica Elser, ASU Faculty Mentor

Effectiveness of the Modified Field Trip Curriculum: Teaching the Importance of Good Conservation Habits

  • Andrew Wittig, ISPI Intern with Audubon Arizona [poster]
  • Lyana Guevara, Mentor, Audubon Arizona
  • Joni Adamson and Monica Elser, ASU Faculty Mentors

2012

Instructor, Katja Brundiers; 2012 ISPI Fellows: Michael Babcock, Michael Nicastro, Colin Russell, McKenzie Ragan, Kena Fedorschak, Ariel Pepper; Instructor, Dr. Peggy Nelson

State-level ADWR (general governance approaches)
How Do We Catalyze Adaptive and Innovative Practices in Public Regulatory Agencies?

  • McKenzie Ragan, Internship Fellow, School of Sustainability [poster]
  • Michael J. Lacey, Internship Provider, Arizona Department of Water Resources
  • Dave D. White, Faculty Mentor, Decision Center for a Desert City

Inter-city comparison: Planning approach 1, scenario construction as adaptive planning approach
How Scenario Planning Will Benefit Scottsdale Water Resources’ Master Planning Process

  • Ariel Pepper, Internship Fellow, School of Sustainability [poster]
  • Beth Miller, Internship Provider, City of Scottsdale
  • Ray Quay, Faculty Mentor, Decision Center for a Desert City

Inter-City level: Planning approach 2, collaborative management—problem perception and potential solution-options
Prevalent Perceptions of Water Use in Arizona

  • Colin Russell, Internship Fellow, School of Sustainability [poster]
  • Mark Holmes, Internship Provider, City of Mesa
  • Erik Johnston, Faculty Mentor, School of Public Affairs

What Factors Motivated the Creation of the Colorado and Kansas Water Congresses?

  • Kena Fedorschak, Internship Fellow, School of Sustainability [poster]
  • Mark Holmes, Internship Provider, City of Mesa
  • Erik Johnston, Faculty Mentor, School of Public Affairs

Engaging businesses as multiplier of solutions
The Relationship between Restaurants and Sustainability: Marketing the Tempe FOG Program

  • Michael Nicastro, Internship Fellow, School of Sustainability [poster]
  • David McNeil, Internship Provider, City of Tempe
  • George Basile, Faculty Mentor, School of Sustainability

Smartscape: Using Education as a Tool for Reducing Water in Desert Landscapes

  • Michael Alan Babcock, Internship Fellow, School of Sustainability [poster]
  • Summer Waters and Haley Paul, Internship Provider, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
  • Kelli Larson, Faculty Mentor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and the School of Sustainability

2011

Our inaugural cohort of seven ISPI fellows came to us from a variety of academic programs.

Interstate Policies Impact Replenishment of Stream Flow with Effluent

  • Cherish Connolly, Internship Fellow, School of Life Sciences [poster]
  • Robert Marshall, Internship Provider, The Nature Conservancy

Cost Assessment of Groundwater Replenishment Obligations for the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District

  • Alexandria Detrio, Internship Fellow, School of Sustainability [poster]
  • Bruce Hallin, Internship Provider, Salt River Project (SRP)

Measuring Participant Retention of Water Festival Informational Content

  • Jeffrey Jennings, Internship Fellow, School of Sustainability [poster]
  • Nancy Crocker, Internship Provider, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Center

Reclaimed Water and the Role it plays in Mitigation of Surface/Ground Water Depletion.

  • Max Krzyzewski, Internship Fellow, Biology and Society [poster]
  • Charles Graf, R.G., Internship Provider, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality

Climate Change and the Colorado River: Future Allotment Plans for Arizona

  • Courtney Lewis, Internship Fellow, School of Sustainability [poster]
  • Tom Buschatzke, Internship Provider, City of Phoenix

Uncovering Barriers and Motivations in Groundwater Management Collaboration and
GIS-Based Delineation of Prime Groundwater Recharge Areas in the East Salt River Sub-basin

  • Emily Allen, Internship Fellow, School of Sustainability [poster]
  • Joshua Randall, Internship Fellow, School of Sustainability and School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning [poster]
  • Mark Holmes, P.G., Internship Provider, City of Mesa