Plastic Advocacy Internship – Spring 2020

Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy and clean. To fulfill our mission, we use science, education, community action, and advocacy. 

Internship Overview:   

Heal the Bay’s Science, Policy and Outreach Department (SPO) is recruiting for one Plastic Advocacy Intern with an interest in plastic pollution, environmental policy, outreach, and advocacy for the Spring 2 Session (February – May). The Plastic Advocacy Intern will report to our Coastal and Marine Scientist and will work at Heal the Bay Headquarters in Santa Monica for approximately 8-20 hours each week. The intern is expected to start February 10th, 2020 as well as provide their own transportation to and from the office. This is an unpaid internship, but please contact your college or university about qualifying for college credit or scholarship opportunities. 

This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience working for a reputable non-profit that has been established on the Westside for over 30 years. Heal the Bay staff are experts in their field and have strong partnerships with multiple local agencies throughout Los Angeles. The SPO Department has been fighting plastic pollution for decades and this internship will offer the opportunity to participate in multiple processes of environmental advocacy such as outreach, data gathering, lobbying, and volunteer recruitment and training.  

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Assist Coastal and Marine Scientist with plastic pollution advocacy work on local, regional and statewide levels.  
  • Participate in the Reusable LA Coalition by attending meetings and completing tasks related to reducing single-use plastics through local legislation.  
  • Assist in surveying local restaurants and businesses; synthesize collected data to support ongoing advocacy efforts to reduce use of disposable plastic food ware.  
  • Develop outreach materials such as informational handouts and web content on plastic pollution issues and solutions.  
  • Assist SPO Department with planning and implementation of Earth Day and Earth Month events.  
  • Maintain a professional and enthusiastic attitude when representing Heal the Bay in public settings, meetings, events, and trainings. 
  • Develop an independent project and present results at end of internship. 


  • Must be currently enrolled at college or university in an undergraduate or graduate program; recent graduates are welcome to apply. 
  • Must be in a degree program of Earth Science, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Resource Management, Environmental Policy or related field. 
  • Exemplary verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Well-organized and careful attention to detail. 
  • Ability to work well both independently and as a team.  
  • Proficient computer literacy, including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint. 
  • Experience in conducting outreach on environmental issues preferred. 

Compensation: Unpaid. School credit available at participating schools/colleges. 

How to Apply:  Applicants must send a resume and cover letter to Emily ParkerCoastal and Marine Scientist, by January 31st, 2020 for application to be considered.    

Heal the Bay is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits to promote diversity in our workforce. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.