The Recology internship program will take you outside the classroom and provide you with hands-on professional experience. During the 12-week paid summer internship, you will learn what resource recovery really means and have fun while doing it! You 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.
As a Recology summer intern, you will manage a project requiring you to flex your analytical skills and use your business acumen. to work on optimizing and driving quality to solve a problem or improve an existing process. You will have the opportunity to network and interact with strong leaders, mentors and co-workers throughout the organization. You will have multiple opportunities to innovate and solve real-world, complex business problems.
All Recology internship positions are full-time, paid positions. We appreciate intern candidates that are flexible on the *location of their internship. During your 12 weeks, you’ll have the chance to network with our management team, develop new skills, learn about our business, and experience what it’s like to work within an innovative company. Upon successful completion of the program, interns may be considered for regular full-time, paid positions at Recology. *At this time, housing allowance is unavailable.
We are no longer accepting applications for 2018 summer internships.
Applicants should be in their senior year of undergraduate coursework, attending graduate school, or have recently graduated, and have a have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or greater. Students in all majors are welcome to apply.T o apply, upload your resume and 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.
Each application will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Qualified candidates will be contacted via phone or email for interviews.
- San Francisco, CA
- San Mateo, CA
- Vacaville, CA & Dixon, CA
- Seattle, WA
Operations – Collections
The operations group supports a variety of collection services for organics, recyclables, and municipal solid waste materials. Operations works to ensure efficiency and quality of service to the residential, multi-family, and commercial customers we serve.
Operations – Organics
The organics group processes material that produce nutrient-rich compost, soil amendments and landscaping products. The feedstock includes food scraps and yard trimmings that are otherwise destined for landfill. Recology Organics produces soil amendments that are used to aid in sustainable farming, as well as natural bark and decorative mulch products that are used for various home and garden landscaping projects.
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, and offers consultation and waste audits.
The environmental compliance group supports the company by obtaining the necessary local, state, and federal permits required to operate solid waste facilities. Once these permits are obtained, the environmental team ensures permit compliance by conducting regular onsite inspections, including sampling water, soil, compost, and waste for laboratory analysis, and preparing and submitting reports to various enforcement agencies.
The human resources group promotes a culture of employee ownership and engagement by developing innovative solutions to enable all employees to contribute at optimum levels towards the success of Recology. Human Resources partners with management to find talent, train, develop and coach employees, facilitate change management, and ensure legal compliance.
The safety group provides training, departmental safety audits, claims management, and overall safety compliance to ensure a safe and healthy work environment.
The accounting group gathers and produces monthly financial statements, and provides oversight to the accounts payable and account receivables processes. Accounting works with operations to set budgets and provides guidance, as well as oversight in collections, processing and organics.
What skills did you develop while interning with Recology?
The trust and respect I was given by my mentor and others in the office highlights the investment Recology puts in its interns. There were times where I was the only employee on-site and was forced to use critical thinking and work with drivers to solve problems in order to ensure that all of the routes were covered. This experience allowed me to see what an entry-level job in the Operations side of the business entails and hone the skills that it takes.
KEVIN ONG, Environmental Compliance Specialist
Environmental Compliance Intern, San Francisco (summer 2017)
Would you recommend another student to intern at Recology and why?
I would highly recommend interning at Recology because it is truly a comprehensive and immersive experience. The internship program affords you the opportunity to meet and network with a variety of experienced, passionate, and supportive professionals, who are willing to share their expertise about the industry and help you along the way. In addition, all your projects and responsibilities are meaningful and engaging, allowing you to see how the concepts you learn about in college take shape in real-world situations. Overall, interning at Recology is an invaluable learning experience that provides you the foundation and resources to develop your professional skillset while also serving the local community.
Tell us why you chose to start your career with Recology by accepting a full-time position?
The challenges, experience, and knowledge I gained from the internship encouraged me to pursue a career with Recology and continue building upon what I had gained from the experience. I am proud to be an employee owner knowing that the work that I perform is contributing to a more sustainable future and Recology’s vision of a world without waste. This empowers me to be a committed and effective employee owner.
- What did you learn about Recology during your internship, what skills did you develop while interning with Recology, and what did you like most about your internship?
I learned a lot about waste management and the processes in recycling, composting, and the law and regulations that we have to follow to make everything work. I feel like I picked up a lot of skills over the summer including communication skills with various co-workers at different levels, organization skills with sorting environmental compliance documents, and research skills with not only using the internet for the best information, but also getting in contact with non-profits and visiting Recology sites to see how we process certain materials for recycling. I also liked how I got to get out of the office every week to visit multiple sites to see the behind-the-scenes work, including the big San Francisco MRF.