Read more below about our internship opportunities for high school students.

Zero Waste Internships for High School Students 2023-2024 School Year

During the 2023-24 school year, we will be offering paid internships with our Zero Waste Schools & Green Events programs for high school students. Students who participate in this internship will be trained in zero waste principals and waste reduction strategies. You will then help events, schools and/or businesses to divert waste from the landfill through education, reuse, recycling, and composting.

Internship dates & details: August, 2023- June, 2024
Students will work a minimum of 80 hours over the course of the internship and will earn a $1,000 stipend upon completion. Applications will be accepted until 10pm on August 1st. After a mandatory virtual training session in August, interns will be able to set a flexible schedule for completing their internship over a four to nine month period before June 12th, 2024.

This will be a hybrid internship involving virtual trainings and check-ins with our staff, as well as in-person work at community events and other sites. Students will also spend approximately half of the internship hours working independently on a zero waste project of their choice, with assistance from our staff. Details on this will be shared at our training session in August, but past student projects have included school cafeteria waste audits, outreach to restaurants about reducing plastic waste, film projects or social media campaigns on zero waste topics, recycling education, activities and presentations for younger students, and implementing recycling or composting programs.

While there is some flexibility to customize your internship, here is a rough breakdown of how internship hours will be spent:

  • 15 hours on training and community outreach
    (mostly flexible hours completed online)
  • 25 hours assisting with zero waste stations at community events
    (mostly Saturdays at 3-5 community events-dates TBA)
  • 40 hours on a final zero project of your choice
    (mostly flexible hours completed online and in-person)

Applications are now closed. For questions, email macie(at)