Environmental Compliance Internship

The environmental compliance intern uses existing programmatic guidance, inspection checklists and other resource documents to provide support to facility managers. The project will encompass the entire environmental compliance program for facilities management, including: air emissions equipment such as emergency generators, boilers, paint booths, above and underground fuel storage tanks, universal waste, refrigerant-containing equipment and facility records for asbestos and lead. Five sub-projects include:

  1. With the assistance of the environmental manager, plan, coordinate and conduct internal compliance assessments of at least two museums and prepare assessment reports for the building management staff.
  2. Coordinate with vendors to collect operation and maintenance manuals for regulated equipment.
  3. Utilizing existing checklists and asset inventories, develop work tasks in the asset management system to assist facility managers in managing their routine compliance tasks.
  4. Utilize existing materials, such as facility environmental profiles, operating permits, training materials, standard operating procedures, etc., to develop the following items to support environmental compliance for Smithsonian Facilities:
    (a) Zone Specific Environmental Handbooks
    (b) Marketing and Awareness Materials (Writing blog articles on environmental topics)
    (c) Updated content for the OFMR Operations and Maintenance Manual at the direction of the
    environmental manager, develop content to expand the existing
  5. Environmental SharePoint site to offer additional pages of content and improve the current structure.

Appointment Details

Project Title Environmental Compliance
Appointment Term Start Date May 29, 2018 End Date August 3, 2018
Location National Museum of Natural History
Stipend Stipends based upon funding availability. Normal stipend is $400/week.
Time Requirement This is a full-time 40 hour per week internship
Housing Interns must secure housing prior to the internship start date
Travel Travel to and from work location is the responsibility of the intern
Tentative Supervisor Alana Olson, Environmental Protection Specialist

Project Outcomes & Assignments:

  • Develop work tasks in the asset management system
  • Plan, coordinate and perform internal compliance inspections
  • Complete permit renewal applications
  • Develop and revise Environmental Compliance Handbooks
  • Expand/Improve SharePoint site
  • Presentation to senior FM Leadership explaining and/or demonstrating project outcomes

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to analyze environmental regulatory requirements and develop management strategies
  • Learn about systems engineering skills for facilities management
  • Develop coordination skills with internal and external stakeholders
  • Develop project management skills
  • Learn how to work together with a team to accomplish a common goal


  • Experience using Microsoft Office
  • Have the ability to learn management systems (IBM based asset management system)
  • Be comfortable meeting project deadlines
  • Student must be in good current academic standing
  • Student must apply through Student Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA)
  • Student must be available for a video, phone, or in person interview by selection panel
  • Student must provide and verify housing for term of internship
  • Student must have a bank account for direct deposit of stipend payments
  • Student must be available to work 40 hours per week
  • Must provide proof of US Citizenship