Student Engineering Program

    About the Program

    The goal of the Student Engineer Program (SEP) is to provide college-level engineering students with practical on-the-job-training and experience, including career mentoring, theoretical and technical instruction, and complete project-related, infrastructure work tasks. Student Engineers are paired with LADWP engineers and work in technical teams throughout the organization.

    Student Engineering Program Flyer

    Eligibility Requirements

    1. At the time of application, the applicant must:
      1. be enrolled as a full-time student as a declared engineering major in an accredited university or college or have proof of full-time registration of graduate courses in a declared graduate engineering major;
      2. have at least sophomore standing in the declared engineering major curriculum at the time of application;
      3. have completed at least one full-time year at accredited universities or colleges.
    2. Have career goals, curriculum, experience, and/or interests related to the business of the LADWP.
    3. Have the ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing.
    4. Have the legal right to work in the United States; however, LADWP does not sponsor work visas.
    5. A California Driver License may also be required for the job.
    6. Background check conducted in accordance with LADWP procedures and/or in accordance with NERC CIP policy requirements.

    How to Apply

    Thank you for your interest in the SEP. The application period is now closed. Candidates who submitted an online application may be notified between January through March 2024 regarding possible selection. The 2025 SEP Application is tentatively scheduled to open in September 2024.

    Additional Information

    • The Summer SEP begins no earlier than May 1 and ends no later than September 30.
    • Selected candidates are required to start no later than the Monday of the third week in June.
    • Selected candidates are required to attend full day SEP events in the summer (schedule to be determined at a later date).
    • Starting pay for Student Engineers is approximately $26 per hour.

    To learn more about LADWP, please watch the following Engineering Innovation video and read the LADWP Briefing Book.

    Contact Information

    For questions about the SEP, please send an email to StudentEngineer@ladwp.com.

    Student Professional Worker

      We are accepting applications for the 2024 SPW program from now until April 30, 2024.

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      About the Program

      The Student Professional Worker (SPW) Program is a paid internship that provides college level Information Technology students valuable on-the-job training and experience, mentoring, and preparation for future career opportunities not only with LADWP but with other City departments as well. SPWs will assist and perform a wide-range of technical duties supporting the day-to-day operations of LADWP’s Information Technology Services Division. SPWs will work under the direct supervision of LADWP IT professionals and are expected to progress and develop their IT knowledge, skills and experience throughout the program.

      Eligibility Requirements

      1. Currently enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate degree program with a declared Information Technology major in an accredited university or college.
      2. Have at least sophomore standing in the declared Information Technology major curriculum at the time of application and will not have graduated when the program commences on July 1st.
      3. Have career goals, curriculum, experience, and/or interests related to the business of the LADWP.
      4. Have the ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing.
      5. Have the legal right to work in the United States. Please be aware that the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power does not sponsor work visas.
      6. A California Driver License may also be required for the job.
      7. Background check conducted in accordance with LADWP procedures and/or in accordance with NERC CIP policy requirements.

      Additional Information

      • Program year starts in July and ends in June
      • SPWs are compensated $20.87 per hour
      • SPWs may be assigned to our Downtown LA or San Fernando Valley offices
      • SPWs are required to work onsite

      For program questions, email ITS_SPW.Internships@ladwp.com.

      Youth Services Academy

        The Youth Services Academy (YSA) is a partnership program involving the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

        The YSA program was developed in 1990 to assist students identified as being at risk for not completing high school to stay in school and graduate.

        The YSA program provides its students with basic life skills needed to succeed in today’s work world. There are four components to the program: the worksite, the LAUSD diploma program, the cooperative vocational education class, and community service.

        Job skills training and mentoring are provided at the worksite by LADWP employees who want to make a difference in a young person’s life. Students work up to 16 hours per week at various LADWP and City of Los Angeles (City) locations.

        The LAUSD diploma program allows students to receive high school credit for receiving job training at LADWP and for attending the vocational education class. Students must earn a minimum number of credits each semester towards high school graduation in order to maintain their enrollment in the YSA program.

        The vocational education class is a weekly three hour class that teaches a work skills curriculum dealing with goal setting, self esteem, basic academic support, interviewing skills, and resume writing. LAUSD instructors teach this class, as well as provide support to students and mentors by conducting regular visits to the worksite.

        For information about the Youth Services Academy, please email Recruitment Services at jointheteam@ladwp.com.