Graduate Blog

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February 10, 2017

Here is an exciting summer internship opportunity to work in the Federal government. On February 15th, the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General will be seeking applicants on for Management and Program Analyst, Auditor, and Investigative Analyst Pathways Interns with an annualized salary beginning at $44,941. As the vacancy is limited to a certain number of applicants and may close early if that limit is reached, it is imperative that any interested candidates apply as soon after the opening as possible.

Current students seeking a degree in a related field of study, such as public policy, law, political science, business administration, finance, public administration, Engineering, Criminal Justice, Accounting are eligible to apply. Students must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.  Students seeking a Master's degree are desired.

This is for a summer internship. Interns will be expected to work during the Summer of 2017 (not to exceed September 30, 2017 unless extended). This is a student internship opportunity under the DOT Pathways Program. After successful completion of the program requirements, the individual may be converted to a permanent appointment, though there is no guarantee of conversion. Extensions to this appointment may occur, though there is no guarantee of extension.

The Office of Inspector  General (OIG), works within the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to promote efficiency and effectiveness, and prevent or stop waste, fraud and abuse in departmental programs. We do this through audits and investigations. OIG also consults with the Congress about programs in progress and proposed new laws and regulations. The Inspector General Act of 1978 gives the Office of Inspector General autonomy to do its work and independence. OIG carries out its mission by issuing audit reports, evaluations, management advisories, investigations, and other products with findings and recommendations to improve program delivery and performance. Pathways Interns will be entry-level analysts and work with audit teams in a developmental capacity to conduct reviews of the efficiency and effectiveness of Department of Transportation programs. They will make key contributions to a variety of possible products, including assisting with audit reports, briefings to DOT leadership or congressional stakeholders, management advisories, congressional testimonies, and other duties as assigned.

More info:

Jennifer Gale

Department of Transportation

Office of Inspector General

Office of Human Resources

1200 New Jersey Ave, SE W71-119

Washington, D.C.  20590

(202) 366-9682 (V)

(202) 366-2003 (F)

February 10, 2017

Looking for a UI developer:

Professor Benekohal’s research group is looking for a project assistant to develop a user interface for a computer program we created. 

The developer should be able to create a user friendly interface which can

Download publically available data from the internet Allow flexibiltity to the user to edit a few parameters in the program Display the output (a data tree) in a visually appealing fashion


Comfortable with C++ and Microsoft Visual Studio Be a student at U of I at least till end of fall 2017 Can dedicate at least 10 hours a week

If interested, please email Jacob Mathew at Kindly include details of any similar work (if any) that you have previously done.


February 10, 2017

Interested in a Career in the Water Industry?

The AWWA/WEF student chapter hosting a mini conference on campus (in the Yeh Center) on February 25th from 10:00am – 2:00pm.  The purpose of the conference is to give students a better feel for how the water/wastewater industry works, what the different career paths are, and what education/experience are helpful to begin a career in this field.  They’ll have speakers from all different areas of the field – engineering consulting, public sector operators, private sector engineers, and manufacturing.  It is a free event, and all majors, ages, backgrounds, etc are welcome!

More info?

Brittany N. (Rittenbacher) Sterling, PE
Clark Dietz, Inc. 125 W. Church Street, Champaign, IL 61820
p 217.373.8931 /



February 10, 2017

CH2M Milwaukee is hiring for 2 water engineering positions at CH2M in Milwaukee. Graduate students will likely be a better fit for the “Water Engineer 2” position, but we’re also hiring someone mid-level with a PE so feel free to forward to anyone you think would be a good candidate.

More info?

Nora Sadik

Engineer 1, EIT

D 1 414 847 0239

M 1 224 253 3201



135 South 84th St, Suite 400

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

United States 53214

February 9, 2017

For the ninth consecutive year, the Air & Waste Management Association Lake Michigan States Section (A&WMA-LMSS) will again be awarding a graduate student scholarship in memory of Mr. Stephen H. Rothblatt.  Mr. Rothblatt was a longtime supporter and contributor to the A&WMA-LMSS, including serving as Chairman of the Board from 1987-1988.  In his professional capacity, Mr. Rothblatt was the Director of the Air and Radiation Division at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, in Chicago, Illinois.

This year, A&WMA-LMSS will be awarding one scholarship for the 2017/2018 academic year to a graduate student studying in the field of environmental studies valued at up to $1,200.00.  This could include students studying in the department of environmental engineering, environmental science, meteorology, geology, etc.  The goal of the scholarship is to ensure adequate human resources and to improve knowledge and skills in the fields of air and waste management.  We are currently seeking applicants for this scholarship.

Please share this scholarship opportunity with your environmental graduate students.  Application information can be found on our website at  (Word document or PDF document)

If you have any questions about the program or the benefits and services of the Association, please contact me at, or 630-472-5019.