TerraCycle’s mission is to Eliminate the Idea of Waste®.
Headquartered in Trenton, NJ and operating in over 20 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, TerraCycle is a global innovator in green business. It partners with many of the world’s largest consumer product companies and retailers to create collection and recycling solutions for hundreds of traditionally non-recyclable waste streams. By working with companies, retailers, governments and consumers, TerraCycle is able to collect and solve for just about every waste stream, from snack wrappers and contact lenses to ocean plastics and cigarette butts, all waste streams that otherwise end up in landfills or incinerators. TerraCycle has received hundreds of awards globally and has been highlighted in some of the world’s most recognized media outlets, including CNN, Wall St. Journal, Fortune, New York Times, Forbes and thousands of others.
In May 2019, TerraCycle launched its newest initiative, Loop, a global reuse system that enables manufacturers, retailers and consumers to transition from single-use to reusable packaging. Loop has engaged many of the world’s largest consumer product companies (including P&G, Nestlé, Unilever, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, and Mondelez) and many of the world’s largest retailers in this platform. Loop is currently available in France, Canada, U.S and UK, with plans to expand into several new markets including Japan and Australia in 2021.
The internship is located at our graffiti-covered headquarters in Trenton, NJ, 10 miles from Princeton and +/- 60 minutes from New York and Philadelphia (respectively). As of 2020, most internship positions are being offered remotely. Our standard internship runs 9 – 12 weeks during the Fall, Spring, and Summer. Interns will need their own laptop in order to do the internship.
While TerraCycle internships are unpaid, we provide an educational experience, and free lunch for in-person internships. As a social enterprise, some schools and government organizations offer stipend programs, or an exchange for course credits, for students to intern at TerraCycle.
Some available stipend programs include:
- The College of New Jersey: Political Science Fund for Unpaid Internships
- Columbia University: Columbia College Summer Funding Program
- New York University: Wasserman Center Internship Grant
- Princeton University: Environmental Internship Program
- Penn State University: Penn State Enrichment Fund
- EPA Grant: EPA Environmental Education Grant
Interested candidates can also apply for an internship in our international offices in Canada, Brazil (fluency in Portuguese required), UK, Australia or Japan (proficiency in Japanese required) at their own expense.
All internships are by department, so when applying, please choose which department(s) you are interested in.
Down below is a description of the different departments offering internship opportunities.
EXECUTIVE TEAM (TerraCycle + Loop)
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, analyses of potential partners and competitors, and Chief Administrative Officer-driven projects.
HUMAN RESOURCES (TerraCycle + Loop)
The HR team is looking for a detail-oriented team player to learn and assist in a variety of HR projects from Learning & Development initiatives to employee engagement and recruitment. This is a unique opportunity for a resourceful and driven individual looking to gain HR experience at a fast-growing, mission-driven company.
GRAPHIC DESIGN (TerraCycle + Loop)
Core responsibilities include designing conceptual art (company-related advertisement), building and maintaining marketing materials, creating presentations, curating the image library and video shooting, editing and directing in Adobe. 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).
VIDEO PRODUCTION (TerraCycle + Loop)
The Video Production intern will work on a wide range of different video assignments both for TerraCycle, and for our many clients. Some of the examples of Video Department projects are DIY videos, media videos, Recycling Program Overview videos, B-roll footage, Eco-Tip videos, etc. Video interns will be expected to perform all aspects of video production including shooting, directing, and editing. Intern applicants should be knowledgeable in Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects, as well as having experience shooting video. Interested applicants should email resume and examples of video work to email@example.com.
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN (TerraCycle + Loop)
TerraCycle “Design Junkies” 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. This role will also assist with designing and sourcing sustainable durable packaging and products. Majors that should apply: Industrial Design, Product Design, Packaging Design, Fine Arts (Sculpture), or related fields
Loop Business Development (BD) interns will work directly with the North American Loop BD team to support the growth of the Loop platform in the US and Canada. The ideal candidate must be organized, self-motivated, curious, driven and possess excellent communication skills.
- To assist in learning and development, interns will be assigned a mentor; below are some of the intern’s responsibilities during their time with Loop BD team.
- Become familiar & comfortable with all external and internal materials BD team leverages in a sales cycle.
- Pipeline Development (identifying brands, retailers and other innovation opportunities for Loop to pursue).
- Attend internal Loop BD meetings while taking notes for meetings.
- Shadow mentor on calls and take notes.
- Draft follow-up emails from internal and external meetings
- Other ad-hoc day-to-day activities
In addition to the above, BD interns will hone-in on their experience and mastery of the material through an assigned project. This project will be assigned at the start of their internship and presented to Loop’s senior leaders at the end of the summer program.
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.
The Loop Account Management team manages the day-to-day relationship with Loop Brand Partners (iconic CPG conglomerates; P&G, Unilever, Nestle, PepsiCo., but also mid-size brands: Nature’s Path, Ocean Spray, and eco-conscious start-ups: Melanin Essentials, Plaine Products, etc.) They oversee the onboarding process from guiding brands to develop reusable packaging up to launching Brand’s products on Loop’s channels (eCommerce platform, retail partners channels).
- Support the team with managing loopstore.com (and soon new Canada platform launching on Feb 1st) related brand activities (new product launches, performance analysis, inventory management, marketing opportunities)
- Great opportunity for interns that want a well-rounded experience of Loop that touches all aspects of the cross-functional project internally as well as externally with brand partners and consumers
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.
Loop Marketing interns will work directly with the marketing and e-commerce team to support creative, digital-first marketing campaigns and our websites for LoopStore U.S., Canada, and Ulta Beauty. The ideal candidate must be organized, self-motivated, and driven. We are looking for candidates who are analytical, creative, and passionate about driving innovation, and ready to help ramp up growth through marketing efforts.
- To assist in learning and development, interns will be assigned a mentor; the intern’s mentor will lead them in becoming more familiar in one of the following specialized marketing areas:
- Internal and External Communications
- Community Outreach and Engagement
- Design and Creative Management
- E-Commerce and Data Strategy
- Social Media and Partnership Strategy
In addition to shadowing and contributing to day-to-day activities, marketing interns will hone-in on their experience and mastery of the material through an assigned project. This project will be assigned at the start of their internship and presented to Loop’s senior leaders at the end of the summer program.
In 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.
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
The Loop R&D team is focused on the reusable materials and packages that Loop runs on. The team tests all manner of materials, containers, labels, inks, and shipping systems to ensure that products are durable, delivered safely and fulfill the waste-free vision of Loop. Interns will learn about material science, gain hands-on materials testing experience, run shipping studies, and cover many other R&D functions. Majors that should apply: Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, Packaging, and related disciplines
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
PUBLIC RELATIONS (TerraCycle)
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.
SUSTAINABILITY SHOPPER MARKETING (TerraCycle)
TerraCycle’s Shopper Marketing Team works with the largest brands in the world to bring unique sustainability and profit-driving marketing programs to key retailers around the world like Walmart, Carrefour, and Casino. Shopper Marketing Interns help deliver client-specific presentations, listen in-on client meetings, and do research about the current retail, sustainability, and marketing landscape.
ZERO WASTE BOX (TerraCycle)
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 while continuously developing marketing and sales strategies. On the Zero Waste Box team, we have the opportunity to work with almost every department at TerraCycle as well as a huge variety of clients. Our product is incredibly dynamic and we are looking for interns who are ready to bring their creativity to help the world eliminate the idea of waste. Whether you’re creating a proposal for an industry for our sales team to pitch, doing market research or developing custom recycling solutions, your internship with us will be packed with new experiences that you can use throughout your education and career.
MATERIALS & STORIED PLASTICS (TerraCycle)
The materials team is looking for support on a variety of projects, including the beach plastic recycling program and other “storied plastic” initiatives. Candidates will be supporting a global team by coordinating with NGO partners engaging in beach cleanup activities, purchasing and shipping supplies, assisting with shipping and logistics, possible event planning, among other responsibilities. Seeking candidates with excellent organizational skills. French speakers are a plus.
GLOBAL FOUNDATION (TerraCycle)
The overall mission of the Foundation department is to promote litter reduction strategies and to support the informal sector of waste pickers both socially and financially in developing markets. Interns for this department will research global waste trends, litter reduction strategies, waste management systems, waste picker cooperatives, and poverty alleviation programs in developing regions. Additionally, interns will be expected to assist in creating reports to help the team scope out global opportunities with potential partners.