Education and Community
Pipeline Program

The Pipeline Program is a work-based learning summer internship program for high school students in Springfield.

The program was launched by the Commission in partnership with Springfield Public Schools, Veolia, and Massachusetts Water Works Association in 2023 to help build the next generation of water professionals by exposing them to these rewarding career opportunities, and to provide a paid opportunity for area youth to gain critical job skills while serving their local community.

Explore Career Opportunities

As part of the program, Pipeline interns explore various career opportunities and gain hands-on experience by rotating through several Commission departments including:

  • Water & Wastewater Operations
  • Laboratory Services & Water Quality
  • Watershed & Environmental Protection
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology & Cybersecurity
Work and Learn at the Region's Largest Water Utility

As the region’s largest water utility, serving 250,000 people each day the Commission operates out of facilities spanning the Lower Pioneer Valley. Pipeline Interns will complete their departmental rotations at Commission facilities located across the region.

Pipeline interns work and learn at Commission locations including Cobble Mountain Reservoir in Blandford and Granville, MA, West Parish Filters Water Treatment Plant, Westfield, MA, the Joseph J. Superneau Operations Center, Colton Street, Springfield, MA, and the Springfield Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility, Bondi’s Island, Agawam, MA.

Wok-Based Learning Enrichment Activities

In addition to the departmental rotation there are opportunities for enrichment activities including visits to other area water utilities, mentorship meetings, and team building. Interns are also enrolled in the Introduction to Becoming a Public Water System Operator Course through the Massachusetts Water Works Association (MWWA). This course prepares students to sit for the state Treatment I (T-1) licensing exam – the first step in establishing a career as a water treatment plant operator.

Building the Water Workforce of the Future

The Commission developed the Pipeline Program to help build the next generation of water workforce professionals. Trained and licensed water professionals are in high demand due to a wave of retirements and to meet the needs of more advanced drinking water and wastewater systems.

The Commission also recognizes its own need for qualified water professionals to operate and maintain a new state-of-the-art drinking water treatment plant as well as other modern infrastructure being built as part of its $550 million Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Renewal Program.

Summer 2023 Photos

Pipeline Program Summer 2024

The Commission is currently planning for Pipeline Program Summer 2024. Please check back this winter for program updates and application information.

About the Pipeline Program

Paid Summer internship

Monday – Thursday
June – August
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.


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

More information on the application process and application form for summer 2024 will be posted soon.

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.