Interns at TerraCycle learn the ins-and-outs of eco-capitalism, social entrepreneurship, and non-traditional recycling, as well as serve as eco-ambassadors in both a local and global context.
TerraCycle (terracycle.com) is the world leader in the recycling of generally non-recyclable waste such as energy bar wrappers, toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes, diaper packaging and cigarette waste. We create and administer collection and solution systems in over 20 countries for waste that would otherwise be sent to landfill or incineration.
Major manufacturers contract with TerraCycle to subsidize the cost of collecting and recycling their waste (e.g, Clif for energy bar wrappers, Colgate for Oral Care), and we offer a full marketing and promotion platform to engage volunteer collectors and promote the programs to generate recognition for our brand partners. TerraCycle has over 100,000 voluntary collection locations in the US alone, 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.
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.
NUTS AND BOLTS:
Our company is headquartered in Trenton, NJ, 10 miles from Princeton and +/- 60 minutes from New York and Philadelphia (respectively). 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.
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 and encourage interns to attend regular company events.
All interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to their department of interest with the subject line “Internship Application”. 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.
TerraCycle is working on a cutting-edge circular economy initiative that is poised to greatly decrease the use of disposable plastic by moving some of the most popular fast-moving consumer goods (those that use the most disposable packaging) to highly durable packaging forms. Interns will support the initiative by carrying out market research and assisting with various administrative tasks associated with the project.
TerraCycle’s Business Development department establishes partnerships with Fortune 500 companies and some of the largest brands in the world. Business Development Interns contact mine, build and manage the Business Development pipeline, and help deliver client-specific presentations to potential new partners.
Within the Marketing department, we focus on consumer engagement to promote our recycling programs, connect with our fan base, and spread awareness of the company mission. Marketing Interns are involved in drafting social media messages, e-blast communication, tracking and analysis, content creation, social media management, blog management and much more.
The Public Relations department interacts with the media to pitch the TerraCycle story, promotions and events. Interns work with department members to fine-tune writing skills and learn pitching to TV, blogs, websites, newspapers and magazines.
The Executive department manages the company structure, administration and financing. Interns will lead research projects and explore strategic initiatives with the Executive Department that may be implemented in the US or internationally, including employee benefit and engagement initiatives, analyses of potential partners and competitors, and CEO-driven projects.
Account Managers serve as the key liaisons between TerraCycle and our brand partners. Brand Partnership Interns support the brand sponsored programs, aiding Account Managers in fulfilling contractual commitments and driving program growth by developing presentations, researching industry topics and statistics, planning social media strategies, email marketing campaigns, retail promotions, and product concepts.
Program Development works to grow the relationship with existing TerraCycle brand partners. Program Development strategizes and packages unique proposals for Account Managers to engage with our brand partners across the globe in innovative ways. Program Development Interns prepare brand marketing research and develop new creative ideas to present to brand partners. Interns also work on creating, maintaining and improving TerraCycle resources that serve as valuable tools to the Global TerraCycle Team.
R&D develops recycling solutions for the different waste materials TerraCycle collects. Interns conduct research on different items to determine their composition and the various processes needed to recycle the waste. Interns learn about various plastics and the recycling techniques used in industry.
Majors that should apply: polymer science, material science, packaging science, chemistry, engineering, or related fields
The Zero Waste Box team helps consumers and businesses move towards ZeroWaste by offering recycling services for previously non-recyclable waste through direct outreach while continuously developing marketing and sales strategies.
Core responsibilities include designing conceptual art (company-related advertisement), building and maintaining marketing materials, creating presentations, and curating the image library. Graphics interns are required to have strong design, layout, and formatting skills, as well as an understanding of typography and Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign).
For video (shooting, editing, directing in Adobe) contact Dean Innocenzi: email@example.com
To apply: please email your resume and portfolio examples
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.
Majors that should apply: Industrial Design, Product Design, Packaging Design, Fine Arts (Sculpture), or related fields.
Operations works to identify strategic improvements to increase company efficiencies and reduce costs. Interns’ analyses help team efforts with information management, including inventory and warehouse management, and global pricing and cost analysis.
Emily LaRosa: firstname.lastname@example.org