The Recology summer 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 temporary 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 excited to share with you the 2018 Summer Interns who have become employee owners, and started their careers with Recology!

MATTHEW CHU, Route Maintenance Specialist
Collection Operation Intern, San Francisco (summer 2018)

  • What did you like most about your internship at Recology?
    As one of the operations interns, I enjoyed getting to know the mechanisms that support the industry and other employees who make the process work. The company culture and work environment is warm and inviting to where I never felt out of place in any department. I enjoyed the constant work challenges and applied my education based knowledge to real world applications. The internship builds your professional experience and develops a lasting network/knowledge in resource recovery.

SARAH BENEDICT, Waste Zero Specialist
Sustainability Summer Intern, Vacaville & Dixon (summer 2018)

  • How would you describe the company culture at Recology?
    As employee owners, Recology employees have a contagious sense of pride for their work. Also, employees often choose to stay with the company for years; building bonds with coworkers and making the company feel like a family. As a newcomer, I felt welcome and was given the guidance and support to begin my journey here.

AUDREY TABER, Operations Support Specialist
Collection Operation Intern, Seattle (summer 2018)

  • Why did you choose to start your career at Recology after your summer internship?
    I chose to stay with Recology after my summer internship because I liked the team that I became a part of over the summer. Everyone is so knowledgeable and willing to help new employees learn. I also saw potential to work on a variety of interesting projects that would let me work both in the office and in the field.

BRIAN LOOMIS, Operations Supervisor
Operations Intern, San Francisco (summer 2017)

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.


MEGAN HILLENDAHL, Customer Service Specialist
Waste Zero Intern, Vacaville & Dixon (summer 2017)

  • 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.

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. To apply, click on the Apply button to complete the employment application and 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 Carlos, CA
  • Vacaville, CA
  • Dixon, CA
  • Portland, OR
  • 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.


Operations – Processing
The processing group focuses on recovering recyclables, such as paper and plastic, and reducing landfill-bound materials. By seeking out and utilizing new technology systems to sort and extract materials, and provide recycled raw materials to manufacturers. Take a simple plastic bottle, for example. These plastics can be recycled through the collection and recovery systems at Recology, and made into new products, like jackets made from these recycled plastic bottles.


Operations – Maintenance
The maintenance group repairs and maintains our collection vehicles, landfill equipment, and processing equipment in top notch condition so our drivers, material handlers, sorters and equipment operators are able to service our customers and communities safely.