Summer Internship - Sustainability

  • Recology Inc.
  • San Carlos, CA 94070, United States
  • Jan 17, 2018
Internship- Paid Admin Assistant/Environmental Support Communication - Public Outreach Environmental Science - Engineering Sustainability Waste Management - Recycling

Job Description


As the largest 100% employee-owned company in the resource recovery industry, Recology has a unique workplace culture that guides how we support employees, interact with our customers, service our communities, and care for our environment.

We encourage Recology employees to G.R.O.W. with Us professionally and personally by:

  • Giving back to our communities and our environment by volunteering time and resources
  • Recovering resources to achieve their best and highest use
  • Exhibiting Ownership in a company that does the right things for the right reasons, ensuring that our actions benefit the company, the communities we serve, and our environment.
  • Working together to develop camaraderie and facilitate collaboration. By demonstrating an inclusive attitude that values different backgrounds and ideas, we can get the job done.

You can G.R.O.W. with Us by becoming our Summer Intern - Sustainability located in San Mateo, CA


The Recology internship program will take you outside the classroom and provide you with hands-on professional experience. Each intern will see first-hand the many facets of our business, as well as lead a project and experience how our employee-owners help communities reach their sustainability goals.

Recology is a vibrant organization, driven by the passion our employee-owners have for the commitment to provide quality services to our customers and become environmental stewards. We are looking for interns who are excited to help solve the challenges of resource recovery in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment.

  • Network with professionals who share your interests
  • Get hands-on experience where you need it most

  • Emerge with the tools you need to jump start your career

  • Be considered for full-time employment after successful completion of your internship

Every Internship is Unique

Recology gives every intern a major initiative and guidance from professionals to ensure the successful completion of the project.  Recology couples day-to-day work with experience in the field, attending local meetings, and knowledge sharing seminars.  

After completing an internship, you are able to add real-world experience to your resume, and you have the potential to remain part of the Recology family.


Recology sees communities as partners. If we don’t work together to determine how to reach zero waste, it simply won’t work. The Waste Zero Team works with our local communities and develops and delivers effective public education programs in franchise cities that support regional sustainability goals. Waste Zero Specialists coordinate recycling programs with local jurisdictions and educate existing and new customers on program elements and related Recology services.  The team also monitors and researches relevant public policy issues that may impact various operational and business practices.  The Waste Zero team also offers consultation and waste audits to help businesses and organizations save money and conserve resources.

*At this time, housing allowance is unavailable.


  • Completes special projects.

  • Researches, collects and analyzes information.

  • Prepares reports, as requested.

  • Performs typing, filing, copying and other clerical tasks.


Applicants should:

  • Be in their senior year of undergraduate coursework or have recently graduated. Applications from graduate students are also encouraged.

  • Be self-motivated, have strong writing skills, enjoy working with a variety of people.

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or greater.

  • Feel passionate about our vision: Recology sees a world without waste TM

*Students in all majors are welcome to apply.

IDEAL CANDIDATE  The qualifications listed are typical of the knowledge, skills, and abilities of successful employees within this classification.

Knowledge of:

  • Computer programs, including Microsoft Office suite of applications

Skill and / or Ability to:

  • Promote the WASTE ZERO philosophy by making the best and highest use of all resources.

  • Demonstrate ability to use computers and technology capabilities. Demonstrate proficiency and knowledge in area(s) of expertise.

  • Communicate well both verbally and in writing; listen to and understand various viewpoints; share relevant information timely; provide constructive feedback; maintain professionalism.

  • Effectively and productively engage with others and establish trust, credibility, and confidence.

  • Promote collaboration and assist others with their initiatives and efforts.

  • Consistently build knowledge and expertise about current job.

  • Listen to and build customer relationships; increase customer satisfaction and ensure commitments are met.


We will have two (2) start dates, and two end dates. Intern candidates must be able to commit to one of the start dates and complete a continuous 12 week internship.

  • Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Monday, June 25, 2018

Upload a resume and include a cover letter detailing:

  • Your interest in interning at Recology;

  • Why you think you would be a good fit for the internship program; and

  • How you see a world without waste.

Applications should be submitted no later than March 2 nd , 2018.  Each application will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Qualified candidates will be contacted via phone or email for interviews.


  • an ecologically innovative company that finds and mentors people committed to protecting the environment and sustaining our communities.

  • the largest employee owned resource recovery company in the industry with terrific benefits to help you prosper.

  • a creative and caring culture that values community, diversity, altruism, accountability, collaboration, and learning by doing.

  • an inspired company mission driven to use and return resources to their best and highest use through the practice of the 4R’s: Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, and Recologize.

  • distinct professional challenges to connect with, care for, and grow community that sees a world without waste.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job; and pursuant to applicable law, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal records. It is important that you provide accurate information on the job application, inaccurate information may cause delays in the processing of your application and/or may disqualify you as a candidate.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

This description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, effort, work conditions, and benefits associated with the job.

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