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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 are seeking interns for 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, 20 hours/week.

Stipends:  Stipends may be available depending on qualifications and time commitment.

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