Policy Intern – Spring 2020

Heal the Bay’s Science, Policy and Outreach Department is recruiting for one Policy Intern with an interest in environmental issues, policy, and advocacy for the Spring 2 Session (February – May). The Policy Intern will work under the supervision of our Water Quality Scientist and will work at the Heal the Bay Headquarters in Santa Monica for approximately 8-20 hours each week. The intern is expected to start February 4, 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 Science, Policy and Outreach Department analyzes local and state policy and permit updates using a science-based approach to ensure that policies and permits are sufficiently protective of our water resources.   

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Review new permits, reissued permits, and policy updates released by local agencies such as the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, California Coastal Commission, California Fish and Game Commission, etc. 
  • Identify items that require written or oral comments from Heal the Bay to strengthen the permit/policy. 
  • Assist in the preparation of written and/or oral comments. 
  • Attend and participate in weekly Science, Policy and Outreach Department meetings. 
  • Attend public meetings for local agencies when applicable and provide oral comments alongside Heal the Bay staff. 
  • Assist with Science, Policy and Outreach Department projects through policy review, data analysis and advocacy efforts.   
  • Maintain a professional and enthusiastic attitude when representing Heal the Bay in public settings, meeting, events, and trainings. 
  • Develop an independent project and present results at the end of the internship. 


  • Recently graduated or currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college or university. 
  • In a degree program of Earth Science, Environmental Science, Resource Management, or a related field. 
  • Problem-solving skills to provide suggested solutions to policy problems. 
  • 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 and Excel. 
  • Experience with data and/or policy analysis preferred. 

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

How to Apply: Applicants must send a resume and cover letter to the Annelisa Moe, Water Quality Scientist, by January 10, 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.