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.

Join us at FWRC! 

Internship Program - New! 

The FWEA SYPC is proud to announce the first ever 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 June 3, 2023 at the Gaylord Palms. 

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 2023 WEFTEC Student Design Competition to be held in Chicago, IL in Fall 2023.

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.

Poster Competition 

The annual Poster Competition will be held at FWRC on June 2, 2023 at the Gaylord Palms. 

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 shall be submitted by May 5, 2023.

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 on June 3, 2023 at the Gaylord Palms following 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 on June 2, 2023 at the Gaylord Palms. 

Students and Young Professionals are invited to the SYPC Social that will be June 2, 2023. 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. 

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 Now!

Each year the SYPC administers the "Young Professional of the Year" award, recognizing outstanding service to FWEA. The SYPC is accepting nomination packets for the YP of the Year 2021-2022 award. 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 must be received by March 24, 2023 by 5:00 PM 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.

2022-2023 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 2022-2023 Sponsors!

S&YP Newsletter

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Join Us!

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

SYPC Chair
Carollo Engineers

SYPC Vice Chair

SYPC Treasurer
Woodard & Curran

SYPC Secretary


FWEA CFC/UCF/FIT Beach Clean-Up (Spring 2023)

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