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Thank you for your interest in the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE)/University of Maryland Manufacturing Assistance Program (UMMAP) Pollution Prevention Intern Program. I am happy to provide you with information about this initiative and the responsibilities of the various partners. The following describes the various roles of these partners.

Maryland Department of the Environment

MDE receives federal funds in the form of pollution prevention grants. MDE’s Pollution Prevention Coordinator, Laura Armstrong, manages these grants and is responsible for filing periodic reports with EPA describing progress on grant-funded activities. This includes sending a copy of the Pollution Prevention Report prepared by the intern. These reports are filed with EPA’s Pollution Prevention Office and are not distributed to any regulatory programs within EPA or MDE. In order to promote pollution prevention as an environmental management approach, however, and to demonstrate the cost savings it can offer, with the cooperation and permission of the companies involved, we will publish articles in the MDE and MTECH newsletters.

University of Maryland Manufacturing Assistance Program

Paul Gietka, Manager of the Environmental Engineering Program in the UMMAP office, is the project manager. UMMAP is a technical assistance program that is part of the MD Technology Enterprise Institute (MTECH) at UMCP. He is responsible for identifying the companies and coordinating all aspects of the interns’ work. He has extensive experience in working with the Maryland manufacturing community and brings this knowledge to the training and supervision of the interns.

University Faculty

The UMMAP engineers have established relationships with key faculty members who help recruit and select students. They also provide technical assistance throughout the project. Dr. Allen Davis at the University of Maryland, College Park leads this effort.

University Faculty

The UMMAP engineers have established relationships with key faculty members who help recruit and select students. They also provide technical assistance throughout the project. Dr. Allen Davis at the University of Maryland, College Park leads this effort..

The Student Interns

Attached at the end is the solicitation that goes out to all students at the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland. The students that are selected are typically juniors, seniors or graduate students, majoring in Engineering or a related discipline. The typical student selected is a junior majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Students are expected to prepare and present both an oral and a written findings report along with cost-benefit information, and assist companies in the implementation of suggested measures, if feasible.

The Participating Companies

The more information and access your company provides, the more likely that the project will be beneficial to you. We understand the ongoing demands placed on you and your staff, but can assure you that UMMAP staff and the student interns try to make the best use of whatever time you have available to spend on the project. During the Spring semester, the student will be on campus, spending most of their time learning about the various P2 techniques and technologies that pertain to the company’s operations. Several visits to the facility will be scheduled during this time so both the student and the company can become familiar with each other. In the summer, the student will spend most of his/her time at the plant. The company is expected to provide at least a desk or place from which to work and keep materials. Access to a computer is also important. The UMMAP engineers will be available as much or as little as needed, in order to maximize the amount of information that is obtained, and will work around your schedule.


The grant funds are intended to cover the solicitation and selection of appropriate interns and their salary during the Spring semester. The company is expected to pay the student intern’s salary during the summer when they are working full time. During the Spring semester, the interns will be paid $15.00 per hour. It is expected that the interns would receive at least similar salary during the summer.


Since the program started in 2000, interns have completed projects at 14 companies and have documented results of $1,275,000 in savings, and $1,100,000 in increased sales.

Our goal for this program is to achieve measurable results through pollution prevention and energy reduction. Consequently, it is our hope that the participating companies will be committed to exploring implementation of economically feasible solutions and that the interns can provide assistance in implementing them.

I hope this answers some of your questions about how this program works. Please do not hesitate to contact Paul Gietka with any additional questions sat 410-916-4061.

University of Maryland Pollution Prevention Internship

Spring and Summer 2013

One senior undergraduate or graduate engineering student is needed for a pollution prevention (P2) internship position. This student will work with the University of Maryland¹s Manufacturing Assistance Program. The intern will be trained in a specific industry sector and P2 techniques in general. During the summer, the intern will work with a selected business, identify P2 opportunities, use their engineering talents to determine the most appropriate solutions, provide cost-benefit analyses, write a comprehensive findings report, and then assist with implementation of accepted modifications.

Intern would be expected to spend up to 10 hours per week during the Spring semester with the objective of becoming familiar with P2 and techniques, independently exploring pertinent resources (Library, Internet and any other). During the summer, the intern will work full time (40 hours/week) at the selected company. Intern will be provided with workspace and access to computers and other office equipment. Intern must have their own transportation and to be able to travel to the UMMAP office and to the selected company site as required.

The ideal intern will have:

  • Junior, senior or graduate student standing in engineering or a related area.
  • Interests in industrial P2 and waste minimization.
  • Some knowledge of manufacturing processes.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Access to a vehicle for transportation.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

This internship will provide excellent opportunity for an individual to become familiar with state-of-the-art issues in P2 and waste minimization and with industrial issues in P2. Intern will also be part of a true P2 project with a Maryland industry that can result in positive environmental impact.

The salary will be commensurate with experience and will be in the range of $12 to $15/hour.

For consideration and more information, contact Dr. Allen Davis in Civil & Environmental Engineering in Room EGR 1151 or Paul Gietka at the phone number below:

Dr. Allen Davis

phone: 301-405-1958

Paul Gietka
phone: 410-916x-4061



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