Water Industry Internships in the Milwaukee Area

In an earlier post, I mentioned connecting with the Milwaukee 7 Water Council. There are some great opportunities flowing through that pipeline right now that the Council and I hope UW-Whitewater students take advantage of.

The Milwaukee 7 is an economic development group focused on attracting, retaining, and growing businesses and talent in the seven counties of southeastern Wisconsin (including Walworth County and the community of Whitewater). Its Water Council is pursuing a mission to make this region the global hub for research, development, and education on freshwater resources and industry. In fact, the Milwaukee Region is already home to operations of some of the world’s largest water firms. The Council is made up of business, university, and government leaders who all work together to acheive their mission.

My introduction to the Water Council was at their recent internship “best practices” seminar. Industry leaders who already offer quality internship opportunities wanted to educate others in the industry about the value interns add to an organization. I was there to sit on a university panel addressing how employers can best connect with universities to find interns. The seminar was a very educational experience for me as well, and I met several great people that day. I left the event very enthusiastic about connecting UW-Whitewater students with internship opportunities in the water industry.

With the help of Spreenkler, the Water Council is hosting a student night. The event is your chance to learn more about the water industry in Milwaukee and the 30 internships available this summer. Rich Meeusen, CEO of Badger Meter and UW-Whitewater alum, will be the keynote speaker. After hearing him speak at the internship seminar, I can tell you he’s an amazing speaker who will get you pumped about the water industry, too. If you’re a business major, ITI major, or Integrated Science and Business major, definitely plan on attending. And bring your resume!

The Summer 2009 Water Industry Internships event is Tuesday, March 24 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Bucketworks in Milwaukee (1340 N 6th St). RSVP by Monday, March 23 at www.meetup.com/M7Intern or send an email to info@spreenkler.com. I know it’s spring break, so if you can’t make the event, you can email your resume to Steve Glynn, founder of Spreenkler, at steve@spreenkler.com.

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