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Design Team Internship

TerraCycle “Design Junkies” and interns develop concepts, designs, and prototypes for some of the world’s largest brands from their waste. We focus on creating eco-minded products and experiences that help people understand that they too can eliminate the idea of waste.

TerraCycle “Design Junkies” and interns develop concepts, designs, and prototypes for some of the world’s largest brands from their waste. We focus on creating eco-minded products and experiences that help people understand that they too can eliminate the idea of waste. Interns in this department will:

  • Be pursuing a degree in Industrial Design or related field.
  • Have experience in a shop environment, working with woods, metals, and plastics
  • Have strong sketching abilities.
  • Be fluent in computer-aided design programs (Adobe Suite, CAD – Fusion 360 knowledge a plus).
  • Have a passion for upcycling and a good knowledge of sustainable materials.
  • Have a high level of craftsmanship – be very detail oriented.
  • Have an ability to handle many projects and tasks simultaneously.
  • Have a positive, go-getter attitude and a willingness to speak up and voice your design opinion; your dissent is welcomed!

Majors that should apply: Industrial Design, Product Design, Packaging Design, Fine Arts (Sculpture), or related fields.

NUTS AND BOLTS:

While TerraCycle internships are unpaid, they offer many educational components. A benefit of TerraCycle's eco-focus is that some schools (including Princeton University) provide a stipend or course credit for their students to work at TerraCycle. Please check with your school if they can provide support. Now students can earn college credit through The College of New Jersey, where for a fee, they are provided a faculty sponsor and academic work that complements the TerraCycle experience.

We offer a bountiful buffet-style lunch every day (free for interns) and encourage interns to attend regular company events.

The internship is located at our graffiti-covered headquarters in Trenton, NJ. The preferred duration of the internship is 9 – 12 weeks. Interns need to bring their own laptops to the office. We offer a bountiful buffet-style lunch every day (1 free lunch for interns per week with potentially 1 free additional lunch earned through company-wide "green" initiative program) and encourage interns to attend regular company events. Students receive significant executive direction and guidance, including career advice, if requested.

As each team (and country) handles internship recruiting independently, we ask that you please let us know if you are applying to multiple department’s internships so then we can help you navigate the opportunities. Interested candidates can also apply for an internship in our international offices in Canada, Mexico (fluency in Spanish required), Brazil (fluency in Portuguese required), UK, Australia or Japan (Japanese proficiency required) at their own expense.

TO APPLY:

All interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to their department of interest with the subject line “Internship Application” to Kelsey Moffitt at kelsey.moffitt@terracycle.com.

ABOUT TERRACYCLE:

Operating in over 20 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 and administer collection and solution systems for waste that would otherwise be sent to landfill or incineration. There are over 60,000,000 people participating in TerraCycle programs across the US including schools, offices, homes, community groups and other various organizations.TerraCycle then turns collected waste into a wide variety of products and materials such as 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, energy bar wrapper recycling program sponsored by Clif Bar, etc. We have a full marketing and promotion team that engage volunteer 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 https://vimeo.com/40692276