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Business Development Summer Internship - Japanese Market

About TerraCycle:

Voted the “Coolest Little Startup in America” by Inc Magazine, TerraCycle’s mission is to eliminate the idea of waste by developing innovative solutions for non-recyclable products and packaging. Our model provides consumers and communities with a system to collect their waste and then convert this waste into new, eco-friendly products. We also give back to the community by paying an average of 2¢ per unit of waste collected to charity on behalf of the collectors. TerraCycle currently partners with over 70 brands of the world’s largest consumer conglomerates including: Nestle, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal, BiC and Kraft in 22 countries including the US, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Israel, France, Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Turkey and the UK. We are currently expanding to the Japanese market and are looking for a high energy, intern with specific knowledge of Japan to work with the Business Development team. Come work for the company that received Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2010 award for #1 company in the environmental category and has been named a UN 2012 Leader of Change.

If you are a MBA/graduate student or a recent graduate with a strong interest in green business, eco-capitalism, upcycling, recycling or social entrepreneurship, TerraCycle offers a unique opportunity for incredible growth, and innovative work. We are looking for people who are dependable, enthusiastic, and professional to join us.

Japanese Business Development Intern:

The TerraCycle business development team is looking for an MBA level intern to assist with our global development in the Japanese market. The Japanese Business Development Intern will work closely with TerraCycle’s CEO, CAO, VP of Legal, and Director of Global Business Development to forge partnerships with Fortune 500 and CPG companies, innovative green start-ups, and some of the largest brands in the world. Interns will be taught how to strategically research deal opportunities, pitch business ideas, create effective proposals, manage business development databases, and interact with potential business partners with an eye towards launching Brigade operations in-country.

Japanese Business Development Intern Roles & Responsibilities:

The Japanese Business Development Intern will report directly to the Director of Global Business Development and work closely with TerraCycle’s CAO to research and develop business opportunities in the Japanese market. Key responsibilities include:

  • Research into the Japanese fast moving consumer good market – emphasis on identifying relevant brands and contacts within the brands.
  • Research into Japanese waste regulations and existing attitudes and perceptions of waste.
  • Conducting direct outreach to potential business partners.
  • Facilitate conversation between TerraCycle and Japanese based businesses as a translator.
  • Research how TerraCycle can set up operations in the Japanese market.
  • Qualifications:

  • MBA Candidates are preferred but not necessary.
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of recycling systems, sustainability or eco-capitalism
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, ability to prepare clear and concise client-ready documents in Japanese
  • Fluency in English and Japanese
  • Priority for high-energy, fast learning students with strong interpersonal skills, demonstrate empathy and commitment to the client, proven ability to manage expectations
  • Fluency with Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel
  • Supervision and Feedback: During the internship, the intern will have a weekly check in meeting with his or her supervisor in order to review recent and upcoming work. As well, the supervisor and the intern will have a mid-internship feedback meeting and an end of internship evaluation meeting to review goals and discuss challenges and successes.

    Nuts and Bolts: The preferred duration of an internship is June 3rd – August 2nd, and interns are expected to commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week. The exact dates and work hours will be jointly confirmed by the intern and supervisor once an internship offer is made. Interns will be asked to bring their own laptop computer to the office, but printing facilities and general office supplies will be provided. In addition, all interns will receive free lunch during the days they are working. The internship takes place at TerraCycle’s global headquarters in Trenton, NJ.

    Please send in your resume, cover letter indicating what excites you about TerraCycle’s business development department and a short writing sample to:


    Subject Line: Japanese Business Development Internship

    All applications are due by April 30th.