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Social Media Internship

About TerraCycle:

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/.

Social Media Internship:

Social Media is an integral part of TerraCycle as a source of outreach for newcomers and a communication tool for fans of TerraCycle. Since its inception, TerraCycle has utilized public relations and social media to effectively bring awareness to millions of people worldwide.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Drafting social media messages for TerraCycle brand partners (e.g. Kraft, Huggies, Frito-Lay, etc.)
  • Tracking and analyzing social media data in efforts to grow social networks
  • Developing unique content and creating contest and promotions to engage and grow fans of TerraCycle
  • Creating Contests and Promotions
  • Social Media Management
  • Using media databases and media tracking systems


  • General knowledge of social networks: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, etc.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • High level of energy and passion for social media
  • Working towards degree in digital media, marketing, public relations, communications or equivalent field
  • Experience with Photoshop, Illustrator, and other adobe software a plus
  • Experience with shooting and editing video not required but beneficial
  • Position reports to TerraCycle’s Digital Media Manager in New Jersey

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.

All interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume with the subject line “Summer 2014 Internship” to David Simons at: david.simons@terracycle.com.

Applications are due by April 15, 2014. Acceptances are offered on a rolling basis. Each department has only a limited number of positions, so early application is advised.