Students & Young Professionals Committee

The mission of the Students and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) is to develop and implement programs to increase the activity and membership of students and young professionals in the Association. We truly believe that this is a very important group because these individuals are the current and future leaders of our industry.

Internship Program

The FWEA SYPC is proud to coordinate and administer the FWEA Internship Program! The purpose of this program is to help inform and guide talented individuals to reputable companies, utilities, and organizations within the Florida water industry. 

For more information or to sign-up as an interested organization or potential intern, please click here

Student Design Competition

The annual Student Design Competition will be held at FWRC on TBD 

Each year the FWEA SYPC holds the Student Design Competition (SDC) at the Florida Water Resources Conference (FWRC), for more information and guidelines for participation please visit: Student Design Competition

Winners of the SDC Environmental and Wastewater categories will be awarded the Norm Casey Scholarship. The Norm Casey Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Norm Casey. This scholarship will fund their trip to compete at the 2024 WEFTEC Student Design Competition to be held in New Orleans in Fall 2024.

Students and Young Professionals are welcome to also submit their resumes (as a separate one-page pdf) with their Participation forms. Students will receive a copy of their resume with feedback after the competition.

YP Workshop

The YP Workshop will be held at FWRC on TBD. 

Each year the FWEA SYPC, in partnership the FSAWWA SYPC, holds the Young Professionals Workshop at the Florida Water Resources Conference. This Workshop provides leadership development skills, networking opportunities, and the ability to meet FWEA and FSAWWA leadership.                               
Each participant must register for the YP Workshop through FWRC. Attendees can sign up for the YP Workshop separately from FWRC registration.  

Poster Competition 

The annual Poster Competition will be held at FWRC 2025.

Each year the SYPC, in partnership with FWEA and FSAWWA, holds a poster competition which provides students and young professionals the opportunity to present water, wastewater, and environmental topics at the Florida Water Resources Conference.                               

Prizes are awarded to the top two posters. Please see the S&YP Poster Competition Guidelines for details and competition rules.

Each participant shall submit a participation form. Participation forms are to be filled out and submitted electronically to the SYPC Coordinator. Participation forms submissions are closed at this time.

Students and Young Professionals are welcome to also submit their resumes (as a separate one-page PDF) with their Participation forms. Students will receive a copy of their resume with feedback
after the competition.

Resume Workshop

The annual Resume Workshop will be held at FWRC 2025 during the student design competition. 

Resume workshop will be held after the Student Design Competition. This workshop will provide insight and advice on constructing and developing an effective resume. 

Students and Young Professionals who participate in the Student Design Competition and/or Poster Competition are welcome to submit a resume. These resumes will be reviewed and feedback will be provided after FWRC. Please include your resume as a separate one-page pdf with your participation forms.


Students and Young Professionals Social

The annual Students and Young Professionals Social will be held at FWRC 2025.

Students and Young Professionals are invited to the SYPC Social. Each attendee will receive a drink ticket. Food and games to be provided.

Social Media Contest

The Social Media Contest will be held at FWRC 2025.

Follow FWEA's social media accounts to participate in the FWRC SYPC social media contest. Prizes and raffles may be yours to win!

Young Professional of the Year Award: Accepting Nominations!

Each year the SYPC administers the "Young Professional of the Year" award, recognizing outstanding service to FWEA. The FWEA YP of the Year is an outstanding young professional that shows leadership, initiative, technical knowledge and actively participates within FWEA. The winner will be announced and awarded at the FWEA Awards Luncheon. The winner also earns a paid trip to attend the annual AWWA/WEF YP Summit. The winner may also be recognized in the Florida Water Resources Journal, FWEA S&YP Website, social media and other publications. Past recipients of the YP award can be seen here.
If you know of an outstanding FWEA YP, please nominate them using this FORM. Nomination forms will be collected come Spring 2025 in order to be considered. Forms shall be submitted to the S&YP Chair.

YPs are not allowed to nominate themselves but are encouraged to have their supervisors or colleagues submit a nomination form on their behalf. Members of the S&YP Committee are eligible.

2024-2025 S&YP Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring this year? Please see Sponsorship Form and Flyer and submit to the S&YP Treasurer. Sponsorship payments can be made here

Thank You to Our 2024-2025 Sponsors!

S&YP Newsletter

Take a look to see what we've been up to:

Summer 2024

Winter 2023

Summer 2023

Winter 2022

Summer 2022

Winter 2018

Summer 2018

Winter 2017

Summer 2017

Winter 2016

Summer 2016

Join Us!

Are you a student or young professional interested in becoming involved, but don't know how to get started? Please contact:

Jissell Muir

SYPC Chair


SYPC Vice Chair
Woodard & Curran

Amber Balester

SYPC Secretary