Helping businesses conserve water

Date: Friday, February 14, 2020

Businesses seeking to save money by conserving water and reducing wastewater discharges, energy use, or industrial waste are invited to apply to the University of Minnesota’s Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) Intern Program.

Intern with safety glasses posing next to water equipment.The Metropolitan Council’s water supply planning department, using Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment funds, supports the internship program for projects that help business and industry improve water efficiency.

The Met Council has supported the MnTAP program since 2012. Through 2019, we have:

  • Funded 29 summer interns

  • Helped businesses reduce their water use by more than 230 million gallons per year

  • Saved businesses more than $1.6 million per year.

“This is a valuable partnership that represents the best of collaboration between businesses, the University, and government,” said Charlie Zelle, Met Council chair. “Businesses are able to reduce costs, the region’s water supply is better protected, and students contribute their skills and knowledge and gain real-world experience.”

We are making $315,000 available over three years to support 15 interns.

University handles recruitment, hiring, and intern coaching

MnTAP recruits and selects qualified candidates, matching the best candidate for each business. MnTAP engineers support the interns by discussing reduction ideas, offering resource leads, keeping the project on track, and coaching them to work well within the company.

Businesses: Learn more and apply here

Summary of a successful 2019 project at Boston Scientific

Student internships are competitive

The University of Minnesota is currently accepting applications from prospective MnTAP interns, who must be juniors or seniors in college or university. A technical academic background is preferred, but requirements vary from project to project.
Interns are paid $14 per hour and receive a $1,000 stipend upon completion of the project and presentation of the results of the project to the company and the public. Companies approve all public  communications about the projects.

Students: Information about MnTAP internships

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