Laboratory Intern

Austin County, Texas, US
Apr 28, 2021
May 06, 2021
Employment Type
Salary Type
AECOM is seeking a Laboratory Intern for it's Treatability Study Laboratory located in Austin, TX.

This position is expected to begin in May 2021.


At AECOM, we believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it's improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

We take on the most complex challenges and pioneer innovative, iconic solutions that push the limits of what's possible - the world's longest cable-stayed bridge, record-breaking sports events, the largest greenfield port development mega project, life-sustaining and disaster recovery programs, and the tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere.

On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, governments, energy and the environment, we deliver professional services throughout the project lifecycle.

We are proud to be recognized for excellence:
  • Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies - 2014-2020
  • #1 in Transportation and General Building in Engineering-News Record's 2019 "Top 500 Design Firms" and #1 2019 "Top 200 Environmental Firms"
  • VIQTORY 2020 Military Friendly┬« Gold Employer
  • Perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index for 2017-2019

With world class technical expertise, leading edge technology and innovative project delivery capability around the world, AECOM's global environmental practice helps industry and government meet their business goals - to achieve compliance, reduce or eliminate risks and manage impacts. We provide advisory and technical services to help clients cleanup and close contaminated sites and surplus operational facilities and restore them for reuse, plan and permit new facilities, address critical climate change issues, restore habitats and water quality, protect natural and cultural resources, maintain compliance, and cost effectively manage residuals and wastes.

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Ion chromatography: Nitrate, sulfate, chloride, organic acids
  • Gas chromatography (FID and TCD detection): VOCs and gases
  • Atomic absorption (metals)
  • Mercury analysis
  • UV-VIS spectrophotometry: reduced iron, reduced anthraquinone disulfonic acid (AQDS), protein, hexavalent chromium
  • Soil oxidant demand test
  • Total organic carbon (TOC)
  • pH, ORP, DO, specific conductivity, temperature, and turbidity

Minimum Requirements
  • Currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Chemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Life-Sciences or related degree
  • Due to the nature of the job, U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Completion of first year of qualified study

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in working in a laboratory environment
  • Knowledge of best laboratory practices
  • Basic knowledge of hazardous materials/waste handling
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office (Word, Excel)
  • Ability to follow detailed protocols and document laboratory activities
  • Basic knowledge of chemistry and microbiology principles
  • Willingness to adhere to safety culture
  • Experience with or knowledge of Chem Station
  • Experience conducting research: experimental design and setup, data entry and plotting
  • Experience working with a fume-hood and handling of volatile organic compounds
  • Experience working with an anaerobic chamber
  • Experience working with bacteria cultures
  • Knowledge on soil and geotechnical principles
  • Local candidates preferred
  • Experience working with analytical instrumentation:
  • Gas Chromatography
  • UV-VIS
  • pH/ORP/DO

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future. Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to "make amazing happen" in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours.