Ballona Interns provide Friends of Ballona with their time and research abilities, while FBW provides them with an educational environment in which to learn about ecology, restoration, and childhood education, as well as opportunities to complete one or more projects that will further their educational experiences.

Environmental Education

Friends of Ballona Wetlands Environmental Education Intern

Educate the next generation of nature lovers and environmentalists! Interns learn about the wetlands and grade-specific curriculum during training, then help guide K-12 field trips, visit schools for interactive presentations, and lead fun activities during spring and summer camp.
Read more about this exciting program and how you can be a part of it!


With a focus on ecological restoration and land stewardship, interns work in groups, independently, and with the public to remove invasive vegetation, collect and distribute native seeds, and grow native plugs.


Friends of Ballona Wetlands Intern doing a field survey

Complete field surveys and studies under the supervision of our Science Staff. Interns will take on projects like bird monitoring, nesting surveys, species counts, GIS mapping, and more.

Social Media

Be our voice online. Interns not only attend events, take pictures, and share fun & important messages in real time, but also analyze online interaction and help develop effective communication strategies.

Community Outreach

Friends of Ballona Wetlands Intern at a community event

Connect to the local community. Help plan educational and interactive community events and craft effective messaging that engages the public in the importance of environmental stewardship and restoration of the Ballona Wetlands.


Outgoing and money minded interns are always needed. As a non-profit, our major source of funding comes from donations. Help plan and execute fundraising events, and strategize new and innovative ways to reach donors.

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Internship FAQs

Who can apply for an internship?

Anyone! Internships aren't just for students. If you'd like to gain experience in our restoration, education, or science programs, a Ballona Internship might be right for you.

Do your internships count for school credit?

Check with your school to make sure an internship with a non-profit will count toward your degree. We are happy to work with you on your school's intern requirements, hours verification, and paperwork in order to receive credit.

Are internships paid or unpaid?

Most of our internships are unpaid but can receive school credit. Paid internships will be clearly labeled.

What are the hours requirements?

This varies based on intern position, but the minimum is typically 3 hours/day once a week. Shifts are varied and there is flexibility to fit your schedule.

What are the benefits?

You'll gain valuable experience applicable to your studies or work, opportunities for leadership, a letter of recommendation, and a unique inside look at the last coastal wetland in Los Angeles County.

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