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/.
Operations & Waste Logistics Internship:
The Operations Internship will allow each intern to gain valuable hands-on experience within the following areas that make up the department.
Supply Chain Logistics & Brigade™ Collections
Learn the logistics behind TerraCycle’s extensive waste collection programs. Learn where the waste goes, how the waste is shipped and the costs involved. Work with managers to identify strategic improvements to increase efficiency and reduce costs.
SAP Business Software/Database Management
Gain experience in the day to day operation of a world class business management system. Learn how SAP is used and how it improves the efficiency of the entire business. Work with managers to enter purchase orders, track goods and create sales orders. Assist with the creation of work orders and bills, as well as analyze data reports to manage budgets.
Pricing and Cost Analyst
Gain experience and understanding of global pricing and cost analysis. Work with the global pricing team to help price new and innovate collection programs. Assist in developing cost reporting and budgeting.
Inventory and Warehouse Management
Learn how TerraCycle monitors all of the waste it receives. Witness for yourself the millions of pounds of waste stored in our 100,000 ft2 warehouse. Work with managers to increase storage efficiency and inventory control. Work business to business to contact vendors and make sales for stored waste.
Qualifications: We seek individuals who can easily adapt to our fast-paced environment and show the necessary focus to complete projects in a short amount of time while maintaining the initiative and independence to complete other tasks that may not necessarily have rigid guidelines or a set deadline. Applicants must be enrolled in college or graduate school (all areas of study welcome), or have equivalent professional experience.
Because we strongly believe the value of an internship will reflect the level of commitment and time vested by the individual, the length of the internship can be customized and the department does not set minimum hours of work that interns must meet each week.
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 8-10 weeks between the end of May and beginning of August. Interns will be asked to bring their own laptops to the office.
To apply, please send an email with a subject heading ‘OPS Summer Internship’, enclosed with a cover letter, resume, and list of 3 references to Andrew Heine at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.