Surfrider Foundation Plastic Pollution Policy Internship

  • Surfrider Foundation
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Mar 19, 2020
Internship Fellowship / Internship

Job Description

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 volunteer members and 81 chapters in the United States dedicated to beach preservation, water quality, beach access, coastal adaptation and protecting special coastal places. As an environmental organization, first and foremost, the organization’s activities are conducted with the intent to protect the coastal and nearshore ocean environment.

This unpaid position provides an excellent opportunity for a graduate student with an interest in the plastic pollution policy and/or data visualization or mapping to work with seasoned policy professionals in a collegial and supportive environment. This also presents an opportunity for a student to gain experience with legislative analysis in a hands-on educational environment.

Interns will be expected to devote 10-15 hours per week for the spring semester.

The Plastic Pollution Policy Intern will be expected to:

  • Track and analyze local, state, and federal plastic pollution bills.
  • Conduct research on new and emerging issues in the plastic pollution space.
  • Assist in the development and coordination of coalitions of environmental groups focused on plastic pollution bills.
  • Assist in developing guidelines for dataset of U.S. plastic pollution laws.


  • Enrollment in a NYC graduate school program focused on environmental policy, public administration, or planning for the spring 2020 academic semester.
  • The intern's completion of the internship must result in academic credit.
  • Strong writing, research, analysis, and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to coastal preservation and other experience relevant to Surfrider Foundation’s mission is preferable.
  • Experience with data sets and mapping programs is preferable.

Please submit a resume, brief letter of interest, and two writing samples to:
Jennie Romer, Legal Associate at the Surfrider Foundation's Plastic Pollution Initiative at
*No walk-ins or calls will be accepted, thank you for understanding.

Surfrider Foundation highly values diversity, equity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in volunteer opportunities, hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected class under law.


Ecosystems & Biodiversity  

Climate Solutions

Coastal Wetlands

Experience level

Entry Level  


51-200 employees  

Organization type


Role Type


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