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Internship Opportunities

The Bureau of Solid Waste Management offers paid internships, with a focus on promoting recycling in Baltimore County. These positions start at $11 per hour. Academic credit is also available (depending on college and university requirements).

The Bureau accepts resumes on an ongoing basis from motivated, talented individuals with an interest in recycling and waste prevention. Interns work closely with Bureau staff promoting recycling, waste prevention and best solid waste management practices. In doing so, interns become part of a proud tradition including more than 100 interns since 1991.

Start dates and length of internship are flexible. The Bureau's headquarters are located in the Baltimore County Office Building at 111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Room 211, Towson, Maryland 21204.

Benefits of an internship with the Bureau of Solid Waste Management include:

  • purposeful work in an office environment engaging in sustainable practices
  • opportunities to initiate your own projects and the freedom to contribute creatively to newsletter and web content
  • opportunities to apply and develop skills in public relations, graphic design, research, writing or other areas
  • the chance to represent the Bureau at public events and educational programs
  • a team setting that encourages input and ensures feedback
  • valuable experience working with various agencies in the County government
  • opportunities to visit solid waste and recycling facilities and to attend meetings
  • free garage parking
  • flexible schedules during daytime hours fit to academic, job and other commitments

To Apply

Email your resume and cover letter, including grade point average, to Acting Recycling and Waste Prevention Manager Richard Keller at For more information, call Richard Keller at 410-887-2791. Not a candidate for such an internship? Please pass this information on to someone who is.

Intern Testimonials

Current and past interns share what they gained from their internship experience:

"I have experienced so much during my time at the Bureau of Solid Waste. I've learned many facets of communication through the use of customer calls and assisting with the tours at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). As an intern, one would have the opportunity to attend monthly meetings with the Recycling Division, ride-alongs with Collections, and present at different elementary schools on what recycling is all about. Holding a film and video degree from Stevenson University, I am typically shooting and editing different video projects for the Department. For instance, 'Tangled Up!,' a video that visually displays how tanglers can affect the MRF in Baltimore County, recently won three different awards, including the Silver Telly Award in the 'Social Video, General-Public Service' category. Every day, I am constantly learning something new, regardless of what the topic is pertaining to. Being around such a supportive team of individuals, I consistently receive feedback that I need to grow as a creative."
—Jahi (Intern, Spring 2018 to Present)

"Through the Bureau’s internship I have learned so much. I have gained experience in a real office environment which will prepare me for the future. I have participated in numerous projects, my first one being a part of the start of single stream recycling for Baltimore County. Everyone is friendly and helpful, and very understanding about being flexible with my school and work schedule. The skills I have learned while interning here will help me throughout my life."
—Ashley (Intern, Winter 2010 through Summer 2011)

"During my time as an intern with the Bureau, I had many opportunities to meet interesting individuals in both the solid waste field and throughout Baltimore County Government. I took comfort in knowing that my ideas and input were valued as much as anyone else's, and my work was not only important to the County, but the environment as well. I also valued the flexibility of my work time, which allowed me to modify my schedule based on the course load I received each semester. After an internship of several years, my background and experience gained as an intern opened the door to becoming a full time Public Information Specialist when a position became available."
—Anne (Intern, Summer 2007 through Summer 2011)

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