Operating in 24 countries, TerraCycle (terracycle.com) is the world leader in the recycling of generally non-recyclable waste, such as pens, toothbrushes, candy wrappers, juice pouches and cigarette butts. We create collection and solution systems for anything that would otherwise be sent to landfill or incineration. TerraCycle has over 50,000 voluntary collection locations in the US, including schools, offices, homes, community groups and other types of organizations. TerraCycle then turns collected waste into a wide variety of products and materials including plastic pallets, composite decking, and railroad ties. Major manufacturers contract with TerraCycle to subsidize the cost of collection and recycling their waste; for example Colgate pays us to collect and recycle toothbrushes, L’Oreal for beauty care products, Kraft for juice pouches and cheese packaging, etc. We have a full marketing and promotion team who engage collectors and promote the programs to generate recognition for the sponsoring brands. Our company is headquartered in Trenton NJ, 10 miles from Princeton and about an hour from New York and Philadelphia.
TerraCycle was founded in 2001 by Tom Szaky (then a 20-year-old Princeton University freshman) whose vision has become one of the fastest-growing green companies in the world. See http://www.shft.com/watching/the-big-shft-tom-szaky-terracycle-ceo/.
Product Design Internship
We are seeking an energetic designer with a passion for green design. You enjoy designing interiors, sculptures, products, fashion accessories, and are comfortable with your skills to execute your designs.
HAVE A DESIGN BACKGROUND. Preferably industrial or fashion design.
ARE COLLABORATIVE BUT SELF-DIRECTED. You enjoy brainstorming with fellow designers, but are independent and resourceful, requiring minimal guidance.
You are not afraid of getting your hands dirty, and understand that your role will span both high-level and low-level duties, with some responsibilities being less glamorous than others.
YOU KNOW WHAT UPCYCLING MEANS. You’re green-minded and think twice before throwing anything away considering it for an alternative use.
YOU CAN TRANSLATE YOUR IDEAS INTO REALITY. You should be generative and conceptual, and understand how to turn your vision into concrete outcomes. You are comfortable at various levels of concept development—from Sharpie sketches to Illustrator files.
YOU ARE A MASTER OF TOOLS, ALL KINDS OR WILLING TO LEARN. We use power tools, sewing machines, Adobe Illustrator and everything in between.
Nuts and Bolts:
TerraCycle offers an unpaid educational internship. We provide a bountiful lunch every day and ask that each intern attend regular interdepartmental lectures which cover all aspects of TerraCycle’s operations and business management in general, and regular intern events as well as company parties. Students receive significant executive direction and guidance, including career advice, if requested.
Last year, 65 interns participated, mostly college students, but also some graduate students. The environment is dynamic and highly charged. Due to our eco-focus, some schools, including Princeton University, provide a stipend or possible credit for their students to work at TerraCycle. Please check with your school if they can provide support.
The internship is located at our graffiti-covered headquarters in Trenton, NJ. The preferred duration of the internship is 6-8 weeks. Interns will be asked to bring their own laptops to the office.
All interested applicants are to send a cover letter, resume and portfolio with the subject line “Fall/Winter 2014 Internship” to Darshan Alatar, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acceptances are offered on a rolling basis. Each department has only a limited number of positions, so early application is advised.