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Grow Your Future with a Sustainability Internship

Join the Team

The City appreciates the impact that talented, energetic applicants 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. 

Internship Positions

Green Business Intern

Join our team to support the Green Business Program. You will support the certification and recognition of sustainable businesses in Long Beach through outreach, marketing, and technical assistance to businesses.

Download the job description for application instructions and requirements.

Native Plant Restoration Intern

Join our team to support the maintenance of the Native Plant Restoration at Willow Springs Park. You will be involved in hands on work at the native plant nursery and restoration area as well as research on nursery best practices and plant management strategies.

Download the job description for application instructions and requirements. 

GIS Support Intern

Join our team to as the GIS Support Intern. Improve your skills with GIS and add projects to your portfolio that support sustainability in Long Beach. Several Sustainability programs use GIS support, including Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones, Tree Planting, Green Business, and others.

Download the job description for application instructions and requirements. 

Internship Dates & Deadlines

Spring Internship

February - May
Spring Application Deadline: January 5 

Summer Internship

June - August
Summer Application Deadline: May 15

Fall Internship

September - December
Fall Application Deadline: September 21

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:

Office of Sustainability
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 3rd Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802
Sustainability@longbeach.gov
Phone: 562.570.6396

Internship Application Tips

Readability

  • Your resume should be easy to read; not messy or too busy.
  • Avoid fancy or distracting fonts.

Formatting

  • Convert your resume to a PDF to eliminate any formatting issues before submitting it. 
  • Use consistent fonts and font sizes. 
  • Keep it to 1-2 pages. 

Content

  • You don’t need to include your full address, but your City of residency is helpful.
  • Tailor your resume and cover letter content to the position you’re applying to. You should not be submitting the exact same resume and cover letter to multiple jobs or internships.
  • Express your interest in the position and your experience and/or skills that make you a good fit. We want to know why you are applying. 

Work Experience

  • It’s ok if you don’t have work experience, but you should include any relevant volunteer experience and clubs you are part of.
  • List your specific responsibilities and any accomplishments from your job duties, volunteer experience, or clubs.
    • Example: Participated in a beach cleanup that removed 100 pounds of trash.
  • Include relevant school experiences such as projects, courses, webinars attended.
    • Free webinars are great learning tools to include on your resume if you don’t have relevant work experience or any work experience.
  • If you have hobbies that are relevant, include them.
    • Examples: Native plant gardening, hiking, attending guided educational hikes, etc.

Proofread

  • Proofread your resume and any other materials numerous times. Take a break and come back later to proofread it again.
  • Have a professor, friend, family member, etc read your resume and cover letter and get feedback.
  • Your school may have resume assistance available.