About Institute for Local Self-Reliance

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance ("ILSR") is a nonprofit organization focused on environmentally sound and equitable community development. The organization works together with citizens, activists, policymakers, and entrepreneurs to promote localism. Among ILSR's initiatives are the current banking system, independently owned renewable energy, internet access, local businesses, sustainable biomaterials, the public good, and waste as a resource.

ILSR hires interns for its Waste-to-Wealth program, which seeks to transform waste into a resource to benefit local communities and protect natural resources. Interns focus most of their time on research projects. Past intern research has focused on model state composting regulations, communities with Styrofoam bans, health and Styrofoam use, climate protection benefits. Interns have also helped with zero waste plans.


Open to college juniors and seniors, recent graduates, graduate students, MBA candidates, law students, and those pursuing a PhD. Applicants must have excellent communication skills. Non-US citizens are eligible.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

  • Brenda Platt, Internship Coordinator
  • Institute for Local Self-Reliance
  • Institute for Local Self-Reliance
  • 2001 S Street NW, Suite 510
  • Washington, DC 20009-1125
  • Phone: (202) 898-1610 x230


  • Number of Interns: Less than 10; 2 (Summer; Fall; Winter; Spring)
  • Compensation/Benefits: Stipend; Stipend, With Perks: Travel
  • Duration: 6 to 12 weeks; 8 to 12 weeks (Summer; Fall; Winter; Spring)
  • Academic Level: College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


  • Washington, DC