Pollution Prevention Intern Program

The Maryland Department of the Environment and the Maryland Man​ufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP) have partnered to place engineering students as summer interns at nineteen Maryland companies since 2000.  Participating companies have included metal finishers, printers, and a variety of manufacturing facilities. These projects are supported by a combination of funding from the U.S. EPA, MDE, and the participating companies. The students work closely with MD MEP staff to identify process and equipment improvements that will save the company money and reduce its environmental impact.  

In total, the interns have identified over $3.7 million in costs savings through energy efficiency, waste reduction, material use efficiency and other environmentally beneficial practices.

Read more about these successful summer internships:

2000: General Die Finishing Automated Coatings and Egide

2002: Stone Industrial and Victor Graphics

2004: Rhodia and Alcore

2006: Kop Flex

2008: EU Services

2010: Frito Lay and Thales

2012: Tamko Building Products, Phoenix Mecano and Sims Recycling Solutions

2013: Atlas Container, Coca Cola, and Next Day Blinds

2016:  Canam Steel, dlhBowles

2017: Wilcoxon Sensing Technologies


Laura Armstrong, MDE at laura.armstrong@maryland.gov, 410-537-4119 or

Paul Gietka, MD MEP at pgietka@mdmep.org, 410-916-4061.