United Water Accepting Applications for Annual Corporate Scholars Internship Program

United Water Accepting Applications for Annual Corporate Scholars Internship Program

The application period for the 6th annual corporate scholars internship program will come to a close at the end of the month (12/31). We have encouraged college students in science-technology-engineering-math (STEM) fields to apply for this competitive opportunity. The company is keenly aware that in order to lead a resourceful future for water and to enable waste to take on a new and useful life, we must actively develop future leaders in STEM. This program is designed to cultivate a workplace of innovation and diversity, and in doing so, bring about solutions to the pressing challenges of resource management. Five years ago, the United Water Foundation and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) teamed up to provide a $5,000 scholarship for the successful completion of a summer internship. Since then, 20 students have successfully completed the program. Here are the details for anyone looking to join the class of 2015:   Applicants should be sophomores who have maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average and have declared at least one of 15 majors listed on the online application form.   Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2014.   The internships will be offered at various locations including but not limited to: Harrington Park, NJ; Harrisburg, PA; Wilmington, DE; Jackson, MS; Pontiac, MI and Indianapolis, IN.   Each candidate must go through United Water’s hiring process and will be expected to present to company leaders a final report on their internship experience.   Selected candidates will have the opportunity to work alongside employees of United Water who will expose the students to various careers in the utility industry. ...
Spotlight:  United Water Corporate Scholars Paid Internship Program

Spotlight: United Water Corporate Scholars Paid Internship Program

When faced with a strategic imperative to develop science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) talent for a new generation in a technical field combined with a social commitment to improve diversity in our workforce, United Water developed a partnership 5 years ago with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to create a highly competitive paid internship program. The program provides students with a 10-week paid internship in one of United Water’s facilities, along with a scholarship funded by the United Water Foundation. Each student can be awarded up to $10,000 in scholarship money over a two-year period. The program offers students a chance to develop invaluable business skills through workshops and work experience. Each intern is assigned a United Water employee as a mentor. This year’s UNCF Corporate Scholars are an impressive group of students. The United Water Blog interviewed them to learn more about what it takes to be a Corporate Scholar. Erick Quinteros; Bethlehem, PA A native of Bethlehem, PA, Erick studies Civil Engineering at Columbia University, while also finding time to complete a minor in Architecture. He interned last summer at United Water’s Oradell operation, working primarily within the GIS department. Fluent in Spanish, Erick spends his free time leading Spanish worship services at Pocono Community Church and coordinating events for Columbia’s Faith and Action group. He is an avid musician who focuses primarily on the piano, but also plays the bass guitar, drums and trombone. Erick expects to graduate in the spring of 2015. Jeneissa Booker; Teaneck, NJ Jeneissa grew up in Teaneck, NJ and now studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at...
United Water Women “Lean In”

United Water Women “Lean In”

Are you one of the 1.5 million people – men and women – who have read Lean In or one of the 419,000 followers of Lean In on Facebook?  If not, you may be aware that Facebook COO and self-made billionaire Sheryl Sandberg released a book in 2013 that launched a movement and sparked discussions globally about the ways women are held back—and the way women hold themselves back—in the workplace. Here at United Water, our Women’s Leadership Network followed Sandberg’s lead and hosted its own Lean In Circle.  “Circles” are designed to encourage women to “lean in” to their ambitions in the workplace and to build confidence and creativity.  This activity is directly aligned with our desire to attract, develop and retain the very best talent. In the water and environmental services industries, like in so many industries, women still remain underrepresented, with the greatest disparities occurring in STEM-related fields: science, technology, engineering and math.  While we do have strong corporate commitments to improve the gender ratio in our workforce, we have to do this by “encouraging women to sit at the table and reach for a promotion in a world where, for them, there are sacrifices they will make that their male counterparts will not be faced with,” to paraphrase Sandberg.  The first “circle” covered personal and experiential topics including  balancing domestic responsibilities with partners, applying for stretch assignments and risk taking.  The next discussion will cover leadership and development topics for managers by following the “Ban Bossy” campaign that was recently launched by Sandberg, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the Girl Scouts of USA.   The...

Setting the standards for diversity and inclusion

United Water aims to set the standard for diversity and inclusion in our industry.  To meet that goal, and to create an environment in which the best talent can grow, develop and be challenged to contribute to United Water’s essential mission, we developed a relationship with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) four years ago.  Twenty students have participated in our Corporate Scholars Program since its inception. This elite group of college students spent the summer of 2013 being both social and creative through networking, seeking out engaging experiences, learning new skills and sharing at all levels of the organization. One student documented her...

A Millennial in the water services industry

One of the greatest challenges the water industry faces in the coming years is to attract and retain a new generation of workers amidst a time of windfall retirements by employees from the baby boomer generation. Nearly a quarter of operators and essential personnel are expected to retire over the next five years, taking with them years of experience and know-how. But with changing times come changes in ideas and approaches.  A broad spectrum of generational diversity and in particular, diversity in thought, experiences and work ethics exists in the water industry today.  In honor of Diversity Awareness Month, and the launch of United Water’s “Generation Lynk” business resource group to foster generational collaboration, we interviewed Danilo Aguilar, United Water’s Multimedia Manager. United Water Blog: Danilo, what types of challenges did you encounter as a “Millennial” entering what is widely considered to be a baby boomer dominated water utility and services industry? Danilo: Perhaps you’ve read some stereotypes about my generation: we’re too entitled, we have no loyalty, we’re money hungry and worst of all; we have no work ethic. I can’t imagine being successful in any industry without striving for excellence in everything you do; without the drive to continually improve and deliver awesome results. During my first months in a company predominately operated by Baby Boomers and Generation X-ers, I have to admit that I was intimidated by the amount of skills and knowledge all my colleagues possessed.  These employees have multiple decades of hands-on experience; they know the water and wastewater industry as well as they know one another’s first names. Although I wasn’t fresh out...