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Grow Your Future with a Sustainability Internship

Join the Team

The City appreciates the impact that talented, energetic students can have on our organization and community. We look forward to your contributions in the areas of city planning and sustainability. This internship offers an exciting opportunity to take a leadership role in directing one or two sustainability projects and work on the issues you’re most passionate about.

Spring Internship Positions

Residential GHG Reduction Program Intern

This is a pilot program that will provide a series of workshops to educate residents about the benefits of energy efficiency and how to finance home upgrades. Support this pilot program with research and creation of informational materials for Long Beach homeowners. Put your research, writing, and graphic design skills to work while learning about energy efficiency and green building practices.

Download the job description for application instructions and requirements.

GIS Support Intern

Improve your skills with GIS and add projects to your portfolio that support sustainability in Long Beach. Several projects could use GIS support, including the UAIZ program to research and map eligible lots. Other potential projects include neighborhood watershed mapping and historic map geo-referencing.

Download the job description for application instructions and requirements.

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Intern

Work with the Sustainability Analyst to assist in building a comprehensive portfolio of City of Long Beach facilities and associated energy use with the interactive resource management tool, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Learn how to analyze energy use data, create and manage a database for energy use monitoring, and understand green building principles.

Download the job description for application instructions and requirements.

Project Intern 

Join our team by proposing a project you can accomplish to make Long Beach more sustainable. What skills and expertise can you bring to our programs? What issue are you most passionate about to make our City more environmentally friendly? Send us your project proposal and work with our team to make it a reality.

Download the job description for application instructions and requirements.

See our current Work Plan to learn about what our office has planned for 2018.

Examples of past projects include:

  • Earth Week: Plan and organize events for the City's celebration of Earth Week by working with City departments to highlight environmental initiatives.
  • Low Impact Development Ordinance: Assist with the establishment of the City's first low impact development ordinance including research, drafting ordinance and associated presentations and community outreach.
  • Draft Green Report Card: Assist with the creation of the Draft Green Report card, including a breakdown of the City's green accomplishments. Intern responsible for creating the format, assembling and organizing information and completing a working draft that can be presented to the Sustainable City Commission.
  • Conservation Element: Assist with the development of the City's Conservation Element update of the General Plan, including research of other similar elements, recommendations for inclusion in the element and writing the draft.
    Other assignments, including, but not limited to assisting with the City's new green business program, creating market and community outreach collateral, website design, etc.
  • Green Mapping Project: Using ArcMap (GIS), continue to build on past efforts to update and maintain citywide map of green components such as trees planted, solar systems installed, community gardens, etc. Intern responsible for taking data and creating GIS layers based on location data to be later used in a GIS map and online interactive Green Map with Google maps or similar technology.
  • Green Grants: Research grant opportunities for citywide sustainability projects, assist with the development of project ideas and grant submissions, and write draft grant documents. Current grant topics include: Energy efficiency upgrades, rain barrel program, bike enhancements, stormwater upgrades, sustainability planning.
  • Bike Parking: Research opportunities and Development Standards for the implementation of bike parking in the City of Long Beach.

Internship Dates & Deadlines

Spring Internship

February - May
Spring Application Deadline: January 14, 2018

Summer Internship

June - August
Summer Application Deadline: May 13, 2018

Fall Internship

September - December
Fall Application Deadline: August 12, 2018

Application & Selection Process

Download the job description above for the application requirements of your chosen intern position. All applications will be reviewed by staff and the top candidates will be invited for an interview within three weeks after the application deadline. Successful candidates will be offered a position and start and end dates as well as working hours will be negotiated at that time. Administrative paperwork will also be given at that time, which includes fingerprinting, a background check and completing emergency contact information. All necessary paperwork and background clearance must be finalized prior to beginning work with the City.

For more information contact:

Courtney Chatterson

Office of Sustainability
100 W. Broadway, Suite 550
Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: 562.570.6396