Education and Community
Pipeline Program

Seeking motivated, hard-working, high school students from Springfield Public Schools, looking to explore career options, gain hands-on experience, improve occupational and technical skills, and serve their community at the region’s largest water utility

Explore Career Opportunities

  • Water & Wastewater Operations
  • Laboratory Services & Water Quality
  • Watershed & Environmental Protection
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology & Cybersecurity

Work Based Learning Program

  • Job–shadowing
  • Hands–on learning
  • Safety Training
  • Mentorship
  • Pipeline Cohort Team Building
  • Water Utility Site Visits
  • Water Operator Licensure Track Training Course
  • Establish a rewarding and long–lasting career in the water sector
About the Pipeline Program

Paid Summer internship

Monday – Thursday
June 26, 2023 – August 17, 2023 (No Pipeline Program July 3-4)
7:00 AM – 3:30 PM
JJSOC Commission Operations Center, 71 Colton Street, Springfield

Interns will report to the JJSOC Operations Center and transportation to other Commission locations will be provided. On-time arrival by 7:00 AM is important for transportation to other locations.

Pay is $15/hour (32 hours per week)

Applicant Eligibility

Who Should Apply

Motivated, hard-working Springfield high school students in 10th, 11th & 12th  grade looking to explore career options and gain experience.

Must be at least 16 years old.

Download the Pipeline Intern Position Overview to learn more about eligibility,  job requirements, and responsibilities.

How to Apply

To apply please complete the Pipeline Application Form below and submit with the following:

  1. Letter of interest in the Pipeline Program (sample letter format available here)

Topics to consider for your letter

  • Why are you interested in being a part of the Pipeline Program this summer?
  • What do you hope to gain from this experience?
  • How will this internship support your college and/or career goals?
  1. Completed Internship Pathways Packet (available from your school’s Career Reediness Coordinator)
  • Including reference letters

Application deadline – April 14, 2023 by 5:00 PM.

Please submit your completed application to your school’s College and Career Readiness Coordinator. Your packet will be reviewed by the Coordinator and forwarded to the Commission for consideration.

Please Note

Pipeline Interns will rotate through Commission departments/locations.
Work-based learning activities will take place both outdoors and indoors in a variety of conditions. Walking/being on feet for several hours may be required, including for site visits and tours. Safety gear, including safety boots, hard hat, and vest to be provided.

Must be at least 16 years old.

Successful applicants will be required to pass a pre-employment physical, drug screen, and CORI check before they begin employment.

The Pipeline Program is specifically intended for high school students in Springfield participating in their high school’s college and career readiness programs. Other internship and employment opportunities are posted on the Commission’s Careers webpage.