Internships Available – Jobs and Styrofoam Research

Date: 16 Oct 2012 | posted in: Composting, plastics, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance seeks qualified college and university students or graduates for academic year 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. Recycling Makes Business:  ILSR is seeking one or more interns to research the jobs sustained by reuse, recycling, and composting enterprises in Maryland.  Findings will be published in a 2013 report and be used to assist the Waste Not! Maryland campaign.
  2. No Styrofoam Campaign:  An intern is needed to research communities restricting the use of polystyrene (aka styrofoam) for foodservice ware, identify model venues going styrofoam-free, document health issues posed by polystyrene use, and create/populate a new web site on Stop Polystyrene Waste (tentative title).  The intern will also provide research and campaign assistance to the Young Activist Club, a youth based group that ILSR co-leads at the Piney Branch Elementary School in Takoma Park, Maryland. The club is working to eliminate the use of polystyrene for school lunch trays and for food service ware in the larger community (

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.

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:

Leigh Crenshaw
Internship Coordinator