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Public Relations and Marketing 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/.

Public Relations and Marketing Internship:

The TerraCycle PR and Marketing Internship focuses on the foundations of public relations, marketing techniques and skills. Interns perform duties relevant to a junior associate in any PR firm or department, working with department members to learn how to write press releases and effectively pitch stories. They also work directly with the media, pitching the TerraCycle story and TerraCycle promotions or events. The internship offers the opportunity for interns to build fundamental public relations and communications skills and begin to build a portfolio. Interns are also trained on media databases, media clipping services, and media tracking programs.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Drafting and distributing high quality, effective press releases and pitches
  • Pitching TerraCycle's story and products to Broadcast/Print/Online media sources by phone and email
  • Marketing TerraCycle's upcycling and recycling programs to local organizations or recruiting local stories
  • Writing some copy for products and website
  • Using media databases for media tracking systems
  • Position reports to TerraCycle's Global VP, Media Relations in New Jersey


  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • High level of energy and passion
  • Working toward degree or job in marketing, public relations, communications or equivalent field
  • Experience with Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe, Photoshop is a plus

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 your resume, cover letter and a sample press release or equivalent writing sample to: lauren.taylor@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.