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Background: Internships

Internships involve working for an organization for a set fixed period of time, typically 3 to 9 months. Internships can be full-time (typically offered during the summer) or part-time (typically offered during the school year), ranging from 8 to 40 hours (1 to 5 days) a week. They can be paid or unpaid (internships with government entities are often paid, those with non-profits are often unpaid, while internships with businesses may or may not be paid). The main benefit with an internship is the work experience gained, which benefits students both in terms of their job resumes, as well as in “trying out” a specific job/career path.

Unfortunately, while internships can be very valuable experiences, there tends to be only a limited amount of them available (with most being offered during the summer), and it can be hard to find out about them, as they are not typically advertised as widely/strongly as regular jobs openings. The resources provided below are designed to help you identify internship opportunities.

Here in the Environmental Studies Dept, we can potentially offer you academic credit (1-4 units worth) for your internship through our ES 95A-D Internship class. However, you MUST set this up with a willing faculty member who will oversee/monitor your efforts BEFORE  you begin the internship.

Lastly, there are two viable alternatives to internships:

  • Community Service Positions: Similar to internships, third parties (such as AmeriCorps) arrange for students (and others) to work for/with government agencies or non-profit organizations on community service projects, such as environmental restoration work. Like internships, these are temporary assignments (typically 3 to 12 months), may be full or part-time in nature, and may be paid or unpaid (although living expenses are typically paid for). As opposed to internships, the work is often team-based.
  • Volunteering: A viable alternative to internships when it comes to non-profit organizations. For many non-profits, volunteers are an indispensable resource, and are treated as such. Becoming a regular volunteer with a non-profit can give one valuable experience and insight and can potentially lead to formal internships or even paid employment.

Resources for finding both community service positions and volunteering locally are provided further below

Current Local Internship Opportunities

  • Acterra (Palo Alto)
    • Academic year internships (unpaid): 10 hrs/week during the academic year, offered as:
      • Community Engagement Intern
      • GoEV Intern (electric car workshops/demo drives)
      • Social Media Intern
    • Click here for more info.
  • Environmental Volunteers (Palo Alto & Santa Clara)
    • Academic year internships ($12/hr): 8 hrs/week during the academic year, with following focus areas:
      • Education Materials
      • EcoCenter Support
      • Communications and Outreach
      • Non-Profit Development and Operations
    • Click here for more information
  • Greenbelt Alliance (San Francisco)
    • Internships (unpaid): At least 14 hrs/week for a minimum of 3 months as a Campaigns Intern (community organizing & policy advocacy) in either the San Jose or Walnut Creek field office.
    • Click here for more information.
  • Marine Mammal Center (Sausalito)
    • Variety of 3-month (Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer) intertnships offered, mainly at their Main Hospital in Sausalito.
    • Click here for more information.
  • Our City Forest (San Jose)
    • Various Internships (unpaid): 3-12 months, 12-40 hours/week depending on student availability and the needs of the organization.
    • Application Deadline: None
    • Click here for more info
  • Save the Bay (Oakland)
    • Fellowship Program (unpaid): 12-16 week sessions, 20-24 hrs/week, working in one of the following areas:
      • Communications
      • Development & Fundraising
      • Events & Outreach
      • Habitat Restoration Field & Office
      • Nursery & Habitat Restoration
      • Policy
    • Click here for more information.
  • Veggielution (San Jose)
    • Fall/Winter Farm internships (unpaid): 8-20 hrs/week, working in one of 7 focus areas in farming operations
    • Fall/Winter Fruit Tree Internships (unpaid): 10-12 hrs/week or 2-3 days/week
    • Click here for more information
  • Watershed Project (Richmond)
    • Internships (unpaid) offered in the following areas:
      • Communications & Education
      • Development
      • Watershed Education
      • Healthy Watersheds
      • Outreach
      • Wild Shorelines
    • Green Collar Corps Student Worker program (paid): 12-16 hrs/week
    • Click here for more information
  • Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley
    • Animal Care Winter Internship (unpaid)
    • Click here for more info

Past Local Internship Opportunities

Past opportunities have included internships with:

General Online Internship Resources

Note: Many job boards list internship opportunities as well; hence, many regular job boards are posted below.

Notable Community Service Programs


  • National community service program sponsored by the federal gov't.
  • Participants serve from 3 to 12 months (PT or FT) working with local non-profits and gov't agencies in the fields of disaster services, education, energy and conservation, health care, and veterans/military families.
  • To search for current openings, go  to:
    (for local Bay Area opportunities, select "San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose" under "Metro Areas")

Student Conservation Association  (SCA):

  • Service programs include:
    • Young Adult (18+) Programs: 3 to 12 month long, FT (40 hours/week), expense-paid positions that can be either individual internships (working with partner agencies) or team-based (as part of the SCA Corps).
    • "Gap Year" Program: One year commitment typically undertaken after high school and before college (the "gap year") which can be either an individual internship or team-based.
    • Field Leader Program (Ages 21+): Short- and long-term paid positions leading youth or young adults in SCA conservation crews and projects.
  • Focus areas include 1) Recreation Mgmt, 2) Visitor Services & Site Operations, 3) Wildlife Mgmt, 4) Natural Resources Mgmt, 5) Cultural & Historical Resource Mgmt, 6) Backcountry & Trail Work, 7) Geographic Information Systems (GIS/GPS), 8) Sustainability, 9) Education & Interpretation.
  • To search for current openings, go to:


Volunteering offers a potential viable alternative to a formal internship. For many non-profit organizations, volunteers are an indispensable resource, and are treated as such. Becoming a regular volunteer with an organization can give one valuable experience and insight and can potentially lead to formal internships or even paid employment.

Local environmental non-profits that seek volunteers on a regular basis include:

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