High School Internship Program
In 2011, at the suggestion of one of our Plant Operators,
American Bottoms started a high school internship program.
Every summer since 2011, American Bottoms has hired two new
high school graduates, one from East St. Louis and one from
Cahokia. School faculty recommend students who've shown
academic promise, a good work ethic, who are college bound, and at
least 18 years old.
During this summer-long paid internship, graduates work directly
with Plant Operators to learn the operations of the plant and are
also exposed to the Laboratory and Maintenance departments.
Intern duties consist of anything from helping with
plant processes, to
running the belt filter presses, to accepting hauled wastewater
You might ask yourself, "Why are we doing this? What's in
it for American Bottoms?" Simple! Our goal is to give
back to our community, by providing local students with the
knowledge and understanding of how a Wastewater Treatment Plant
operates, and how important this is to our environment. We expect them to
take this knowledge back into the community and feel proud of what
they've done here. We also strongly
believe that it's important to support our
up-and-coming local work force by giving real work experience,
encouraging open discussions with anyone in the plant, and exposing
them to a variety of possible career paths they may
never have dreamed of before.
College Internship Program
Since 2004, American Bottoms has selected promising college
students for hands-on engineering and science Summer Internships at
our plant. Here, interns have the opportunity to put their
academic achievements to practical use while at the same time doing
meaningful work for our company. These are paid positions
that last until the intern is ready to return to school...better
and more informed by this real world application. Recruiters
look for candidates with just this kind of job experience so
participation in this program sets them ahead of other candidates
vying for the same position.
Engineering interns typically manage Operation and Maintenance
projects and support the Plant Engineers in their daily activities.
The projects include small equipment upgrades and routine
maintenance projects. The interns will supervise the projects
from the planning stage all the way through to construction.
Some examples of these projects are pump
upgrades, lighting replacement/upgrades, concrete
repairs, clarifier and thickener coating, and
designing equipment to improve day to day processes. Science
related projects, which can also be assigned to engineer interns,
include process and lab related operations. In the past,
interns have looked into lab procedure development, chemical use
for the belt filter presses and other areas, and monitoring the
biology within the plant.
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