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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Pollution Prevention Internship Program

The NH Pollution Prevention Program has set up an internship program with the University of New Hampshire, which will allow companies and organizations to become compliant with the P2 suggestions/regulations for their state. Since 1994, over 120 UNH students have worked with 70 New Hampshire companies on pollution prevention projects with one common goal: TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE WASTE AND SAVE MONEY! Most companies have realized significant savings as a result of utilizing the internship program. To date, companies have reported combined cost savings of over $5 million! The benefits for both parties are great: the student acquires real world experience to promote pollution prevention, and the company has the opportunity to save money while promoting a safe and environmentally sustainable work space.

Would your company like to…

  • Improve worker safety?
  • Increase profits?
  • Reduce regulatory burden?
  • Prevent waste and pollution?

UNH Students Prove Pollution Prevention is Good Business

P2 Internship Costs

This program is a paid internship. The cost covers an intern-training program at UNH, a stipend for the ten-week placement, intern support activities, and UNH/DES support during the project period. Intern sharing is also possible. Here is a quote from a participating business touting the benefits the program: "The fresh technical capabilities in a flexible individual allow for almost immediate involvement in a project that benefits both parties. The intern gets to employ skills and develop a comfort level while applying them as the facility gets a fresh perspective." Joseph M. Webb, Teledyne HALCO.

Past and Present P2 Projects

  • Metal removal using electrowinning
  • Mercury device inventory
  • Lean electroplating
  • Acetone reduction
  • Mercury waste segregation in hospitals and dentist offices
  • Air emissions reduction
  • Dust and scrap recycling
  • Water use reduction
  • Development of environmental management systems
  • Silver reclamation
  • Energy efficiency
  • Collect, separate & recycle the waste thermal spray powders
  • Identification of green house gas reduction projects and energy savings
  • Assessed solid waste management programs to reduce costs and environmental impacts
  • Metal finishing industries assessment
  • Electroplating copper process equipment maintenance
  • Reduction of hazardous waste in fluid ink manufacturing

Pollution Prevention Interns’ Projects from 2006 – 2012:

Contact Us (Complete List)

  • NHDES Pollution Prevention Program
    29 Hazen Drive; PO Box 95
    Concord, NH 03302-0095
    (603) 271-6460



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