Policy Internship

About the Organization

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 is recruiting for one Policy Intern with an interest in environmental issues, policy, and advocacy for the 2022 Summer Session (June-August). The Policy Intern will work under the supervision of our Water Quality Scientist and will work for approximately 8-20 hours each week, with a hybrid work approach of some in-office and some remote work. The intern is expected to start the week of May 30, and must have access to a computer and internet to complete remote work, and reliable transportation for in-office work. 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 with over 35 years of experience. Heal the Bay staff are experts in their field and have strong partnerships with multiple local agencies throughout Los Angeles. The Science and Policy team 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 and public health while prioritizing equity.   

Primary Responsibilities

  • Review new permits, reissued permits, staff reports, and policy updates released by local agencies including the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, California Coastal Commission, California Fish & Game Commission, and more. 
  • Identify items that require written or oral comments from Heal the Bay.  
  • Assist in the preparation of written and/or oral comments. 
  • Participate in weekly virtual or in-person Science, Policy, and Outreach Department meetings. 
  • Attend virtual or in-person 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 higher education program at a college or university in a degree program of Earth Science, Environmental Science, Resource Management, Environmental Policy, Political Science 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, Excel, and video conferencing. 
  • Experience with data and/or policy analysis preferred. 

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume to Annelisa Moe at amoe@healthebay.org by Friday, May 20, 2022. Please use the phrase “Summer 2022 Policy Internship” in the email subject line.  

Heal the Bay is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status and we strongly encourage applications from individuals that reflect the diversity of Los Angeles County. 

Heal the Bay complies with AB 1008, the Fair Chance Act, during the onboarding process. Once a conditional internship offer has been made the candidate will be asked to complete a Live Scan criminal background check. A thorough assessment of conviction history will be considered including: the nature and gravity of the criminal history, the time that has passed since the conviction, and the nature of the job the candidate is seeking. 

Heal the Bay requires all interns to obtain and maintain up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations. Heal the Bay believes this is an important measure to protect the health and safety of employees, volunteers, family members and those who visit the workplace from COVID-19 infection. Interns must show proof of vaccination (vaccination card or website).