Communications Assistant (Summer 2019 Internship)  — Washington, D.C. 

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) is looking for a paid “Communications Assistant” intern who will be managed directly by the Communications Manager to implement and support ILSR’s communications plan in ILSR’s Washington D.C. office. The internship is available to undergraduate students, graduate students, and young professionals who can commit to 10 hours per week.

This  internship is paid $15/hour.

Application materials due: Friday, April 12, 2019.

Term of internship: Mid May 2019 – Mid August 2019 (these terms are negotiable, given school schedule and/or other commitments).


  • Assist in marketing ILSR’s content on Facebook, Twitter, & email newsletters.
  • Assist in monitoring and maintaining ILSR’s social media accounts.
  • Pull clips of news stories relating to our various initiatives for bi-weekly/weekly media roundups and sharing on social media.
  • Research contact information for media, organizations and individuals to further the work of our various initiatives.
  • Learn about the work of all of our initiatives and assist in brainstorming ways to improve media strategies with the Communications Manager.
  • Other projects as assigned.


  • Must demonstrate effective writing and speaking skills.
  • Excellent proofreading and editing skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Interest in learning from others on a variety of subjects.
  • Computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Drive required. [Experience with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, or similar software is a plus]
  • Access to computer preferred.
  • Passion for helping to build vibrant local communities.

To apply please submit all materials listed below to Hibba Meraay (

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Professional References
  • Google Form

Waste to Wealth Internships — Washington, D.C. Office 

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance seeks qualified college and university students or graduates for academic year and summer internships to work on its Waste to Wealth Program.  Course credit may be available with approval from an academic department.

We have UNPAID internship openings in two projects:

  1. Composting for Community: We are looking for one or more interns to document model composting activities and policies around the country, and assist with regional efforts to expand composting and raise awareness of the benefits. (contact Linda Bilsens)
  2. Recycling, Economic Development, and Zero Waste:  Focus of internship will be documenting new recycling enterprise start ups, innovative collection and processing technologies, impact of national, state and regional Extended Producer Responsibility programs. (contact Neil Seldman)

Qualifications:  Graduate or undergraduate students [post junior year (summer) and seniors preferred].  Interest, knowledge, or experience in environmental, economic development issues.

Skills: Strong computer experience (Macintosh environment).  MS Word, spreadsheets, databases.  Website skills and desktop publishing a plus.  Excellent writing and communications skills.  Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.

Academic year interns:  Semester term, minimum 10 hours/week.

Summer interns:  Minimum term 2 months, 16 hours/week.

Office hours are flexible.

The Institute’s staff are committed, congenial, and hard-working.  Relaxed work environment.  The office is accessible via public transit (Dupont Circle metro – red line).

To apply, email cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample to or

ILSR is an Equal Opportunity Employer