Open 7 Days a Week

10am - 6pm

Big Reuse Queens

3-17 26th Ave. Astoria, NY 11102
718-777-0132 x2

Big Reuse Brooklyn

69 9th St. Gowanus, NY 11215
718-725-8925 x2

Donations Acquisitions Internship


  • Compile lists of possible lumber/tree donors & NYC demolition projects
  • Organize donor tracking (do input from forms/organize the files on the computer)
  • Conduct outreach towards that list.
  • Distribute program information.
  • Schedule managers for meetings with possible donors.
  • Establish relationships with businesses to work with our organization/program.
  • Learn more about businesses and perfecting the dialogue for asking for donations.
  • Be able to represent the organization and also explain to donors about benefits of participation.

​Donations internships are available Monday through Friday, 10am-6pm (during reuse center hours).  Donations internship will be based in Astoria, Queens.

How can I apply for a Big Reuse Internship?

Applications will be accepted, and positions filled, on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted by email only. Include a cover letter, resume, two reference contacts, dates available, and estimated time commitment per week. All internship applicants should indicate the area or areas in which they would like to work; any foreign language skills they have; and whether they have obtained fellowship sponsorship.

Email: with "Donations Acquisitions Internship" in the subject.


This is an unpaid internship.

We processed 765,477 pounds of food scraps and accepted 237,554 pounds of wood chips and leaf matter in 2015! That's over 1 million pounds of organic material diverted from landfills!

Our Big Blooms program has given away 5,345 pieces of retired lumber to build 2,226 garden beds in over 1,269 community and school gardens.

Our Food Scrap Drop-off program serviced 1000 households per week in 2015!

Our Big Gives Back program has given away $300,000 worth of materials benefiting NYC's community and environment.

The greenhouse gas emissions prevented by our diversion efforts is equivalent to saving 360,000 gallons of gasoline!