Interns at TerraCycle learn the ins-and-outs of eco-capitalism, recycling and social entrepreneurship, and serve as eco-ambassadors in both a local and global context.
Operating in 21 countries, TerraCycle is the world leader in the recycling of generally non-recyclable waste such as pens, coffee capsules, 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. TerraCycle has over 10,000 voluntary collection locations in Canada 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 collecting and recycling their waste; for example, Febreze pays us to collect and recycle air and home care products, Mr. Christie's for cookie and cracker wrappers, and Nespresso for their coffee capsules. 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, and we have offices in Toronto, Mexico, Japan, London and Australia.
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.
While TerraCycle internships are unpaid, they offer many educational components. Our interns are largely comprised of independent students, though graduate students often join us for a summer. The environment is dynamic and highly energized. A benefit of TerraCycle's eco-focus is that some schools provide a stipend or course credit for their students to work at TerraCycle. Please check with your school if they can provide support.
The internship is located at our office in Toronto, Ontario. The preferred duration of the internship is 9 – 12 weeks. Interns need to bring their own laptops to the office. Students receive significant executive direction and guidance, including career advice, if requested.
TerraCycle is presently creating a recycling database to give consumers an easy to use, reliable, and globally relevant tool for recycling all products and packaging anywhere in the world. All interns will spend some time assisting and contributing to this exciting project.
Each team (and country) handles internship recruiting independently and as the teams work together closely, we ask that you please let us know if you are applying to multiple department’s internships. Interested candidates also have the opportunity to apply for an internship in our international offices in the US, Mexico (fluency in Spanish required), UK, Japan, or Australia at their own expense.
All interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to their department of interest with the subject line “Internship Application”.
The Strategic Partnerships department works with local city governments, non-profit organizations, schools, and large venues to create custom operations to collect for TerraCycle’s recycling programs. Interns will create their own proactive outreach strategy to engage with additional locations to drive revenue by increasing TerraCycle awareness and program participation.
Jessica Panetta : email@example.com
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.
Lauren Taylor: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Basmah Ahmed : email@example.com
Within the Marketing department, we focus on consumer engagement to promote our recycling programs, connect with our collectors, and spread awareness of the company mission. Marketing Interns are involved in drafting social media messages, e-blast communications, tracking and analysis, content creation, social media management, and much more.
Jessica Panetta: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Zero Waste Box team helps consumers and businesses move towards Zero Waste by offering recycling services for previously non-recyclable waste through direct outreach. Zero Waste Box Interns are involved in data mining, sales outreach, research, order fulfillment and marketing.
Steve Mathew: email@example.com