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The American Cleaning Institute is a 24 staff, trade association based in Washington, DC that represents approximately 120 member companies in the cleaning products industry. A recent name change, move to new office space in a LEED Green Building, nearby access to Metro, a competitive salary and excellent benefit package are just a few reasons to consider employment with this solid organization that has been in existence since 1926.

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Position for Student Intern focused on Human and Environmental Exposure Analysis

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) is the non-profit trade association representing manufacturers of household, industrial, and institutional cleaning products and their ingredients. ACI members produce more than 90 percent of the cleaning products marketed in the U.S. ACI is offering a full-time paid internship with a focus on environmental exposure analysis.

ACI has a 65-year history of directing research related to the human and environmental safety of cleaning products and their ingredients. The intern will support two on-going projects related to better understanding human and environmental exposures to ingredients in consumer cleaning products. The first project is ACI’s Cleaning Product Ingredient Safety Initiative (CPISI). The goal of CPISI is to make publicly available hazard, exposure and risk information for every ingredient used in our members’ consumer cleaning products. The intern will support the project by conducting a survey of the ingredients used in our members’ consumer products, which will be used to update our existing Ingredient Inventory, which is based on a 2012 products survey.

The second project the intern will support is ACI’s environmental exposure model, iSTREEM® ( The model estimates the concentration of "down-the-drain" chemicals in the effluent of 10,000 wastewater treatment facilities in the US, 25,000 effluent-impacted receiving water bodies and 1,700 downstream drinking water treatment plant intakes. We currently are working to expand iSTREEM® to cover more of North America by incorporating information from Canada. The intern will assist with data acquisition for expansion of iSTREEM® to incorporate the provinces of Ontario and Québec.

Both programs will involve working with experienced ACI scientists in a team approach to successfully achieving the goals of these two programs.

The ideal candidate will be enrolled currently in a graduate program with a focus on environmental science, or a related discipline. However, we also will be considering candidates with strong credentials who have not completed their undergraduate training. Candidates should have a strong background and course work in chemistry. Coursework in hydrology and geographic information systems (GIS) is highly desirable. Candidates should possess general proficiency with personal computer software (e.g., Word, Excel); experience with database software is also desirable. The ability to work independently on defined tasks, pay attention to detail and to take initiative on a broadly defined project will be critical.

Major responsibilities will include:
•    Collection of product-by-product information for consumer cleaning products and their ingredients
•    Organization of ingredient data using an Access database
•    Development of Canadian hydrology information for Québec
•    Validation and testing of the iSTREEM® model

On-the-job interactions will include:
•    Continuous interaction with Technical Department staff, and all ACI staff as necessary
•    Contact with ACI member company experts regarding their product composition
•    Contact with ACI consultants, especially those supporting CPISI and iSTREEM®

The internship at ACI’s offices in downtown Washington, D.C. is available for up to six months but for a minimum of ten weeks starting as early as spring 2016 through the end of the summer. The intern will be paid $10-$14 per hour depending on education level and will be expected to work between 30 and 37.5 hours per week.1

Interested candidates should send a resume with a cover letter explaining their qualifications for the position and their availability by e-mail to:

For more information about ACI, please visit

1Interns are not eligible for any ACI benefits unless mandated by law.



ACI Benefits:

  • Competitive salary and bonus program.
  • Paid health insurance includes medical, dental, vision and prescriptions (next month after employment)
  • Paid Short term and long disability insurance and life insurance (after 90-day waiting period)
  • Aflac available for staff
  • Flexible Spending Plan for uninsured health, elder-care and child-care expenses (after 90-day waiting period)
  • Office close to Metro (Metrocheks available)
  • Thirteen paid holidays
  • Generous 401(k) Plan (after one year waiting period)
  • Vacation: Two weeks per year after 90-day initial employment period; 3 weeks after five years