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HDR | CEI Architecture Associates, Inc.

Environmental Sciences & Planning Intern

Washington D.C.
Expiration Date: March 20, 2018

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That’s why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.


We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.


Primary Responsibilities


The Washington Environmental Sciences & Planning group is looking for an intern studying Urban or Environmental Planning, Environmental or Public Policy, or Environmental Science to support HDR staff on projects requiring entry-level permitting and environmental support.


Tasks May Include The Following


He or she will be trained and exposed to a variety of regulatory, planning and environmental science project elements.


  • Research and summarize regulatory code requirements and agency permit application filing requirements
  • Participate in the development of permit acquisition plans for projects
  • Research, develop, and prepare initial drafts of permitting documents such as Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklists, project narratives, criteria justification, and application forms in support of the current project workload
  • Assist in research for and preparation of SEPA Environmental Impact Statements
  • Compile permit application packages in support of power, transportation, solid waste, industrial, water, and wastewater infrastructure projects
  • Prepare and/or coordinate with analysts to prepare graphics and maps in support of technical documents and permit applications

The successful candidate will possess skills ranging from on-line research, code analysis and interpretation, ability to complete permit application forms with technical accuracy, ability to compile large, complex permit packages, and provide general support to the Environmental Sciences & Planning team.


This position could begin on a part-time basis immediately, and could be a full-time (40 hours per week) position for the summer.




Required Qualifications


  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program with a focus on urban or environmental planning, environmental or public policy, environmental science or a related field
  • Attention to detail, good problem solving skills, organizational skills, and ability to work with diverse teams are a must.
  • Basic Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) skills
  • An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must

Preferred Qualifications


  • Prefer 2 years completed toward degree with 3.0+ GPA
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Project and/or Geographic Information Systems applications is a plus
  • Demonstration of strong technical writing and communication (written and verbal) skills is desired.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of software packages related to field of study/industry
  • Preference will be given to local candidates
Interest Area 
Project Management
Position Type 
Minimum Degree Requirements 
Some College
Position Level 
Entry level