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Strategic Partnership 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/

Strategic Partnership Internship:

Spend this summer working for the world leader in collection and recycling of post-consumer, non-recycle waste. You will be working with the Strategic Partnership Manger to increase partnerships with all types of non-profits and governmental organizations. Responsibilities will include internet and relevant research, composing and distributing emails introducing TerraCycle to new not-for-profits. You will be part of a team that finds new partners and implements new programs for TerraCycle. Strategic Partnership Department works closely with PR, Marketing and Client teams.


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 necessary have rigid guidelines or a set deadline.

Interns for the Strategic Partnership Department will need strong internet research skills to retrieve company contact information and be able construct well written introductory emails. Strong verbal skills and willingness to speak with new contacts to introduce the benefits of partnering with TerraCycle is a plus, but not a must. Also, experience with Powerpoint a bonus, but not required.

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.

Please send an e-mail with the subject heading “Strategic Partnership Internship,” enclosed with a cover letter and resume to Stephanie Tsang at: stephanie.tsang@terracycle.com.

There is no deadline for applications as the internship is on a rolling basis.