Research & Development Summer Internship 2013
TerraCycle - Trenton, NJ

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About TerraCycle:

Voted the “Coolest Little Startup in America” by Inc Magazine, TerraCycle’s mission is to eliminate the idea of waste by developing innovative solutions for non-recyclable products and packaging. Our model provides consumers and communities with a system to collect their waste and then converts this waste into new, eco-friendly products. TerraCycle currently partners with over 110 brands of the world’s largest consumer packaged goods conglomerates including: Nestle, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal, BiC and Kraft in 22 countries including the US, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Israel, France, Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Turkey and the UK. Come work for the company that received Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2010 award for #1 company in the environmental category and has been named a UN 2012 Leader of Change.

If you are an undergraduate, MBA/graduate student or a recent graduate with a strong interest in green business, eco-capitalism, upcycling, recycling or social entrepreneurship, TerraCycle offers a unique opportunity for incredible growth, and innovative work. We are looking for people who are dependable, enthusiastic, and professional to join us.

R&D Internship:

The Research & Development Internship will allow each intern to gain valuable hands-on experience within the following areas that make up the department: Polymer Processing Development:

  • Extrusion Blending
  • Extrusion Reaction
  • Profile extrusion
  • Injection Molding
  • Compression molding
  • Formulation Development:

  • How to put together a new formulation
  • Learning about Compatibility and Impact Modification
  • Reinforcement of Plastics
  • Physical Property Testing of Plastics:

  • Mechanical Properties
  • Rheological Properties
  • Flow Properties
  • Impact Properties
  • Structure Property Relationship Testing
  • Regulatory Testing:

  • FDA 21CFR177
  • CPSIA-2008
  • BPA
  • USP 61 and 62
  • Projects to be worked on:

  • Compatibilizers for Polyolefins, Polyesters, Polystyrene and Polyamides
  • Impact modifiers for Polyolefins, Polyesters, Polystyrene and Polyamides
  • Gum Recycling
  • Woven and Non woven fabrics
  • Cigarette Filter Recycling
  • E-Waste Recycling
  • Recycling of Nitrile gloves.(Cryogenics, Standard)
  • Paper Recycling. Hydro pulping
  • Methods for separating plastics, metals, paper and food from a single stream
  • Qualifications

    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. Applicants must be enrolled in college or graduate school (Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Material Science), or have equivalent professional experience.

    Nuts and Bolts

    The internship is located at our graffiti-covered global headquarters in Trenton, NJ. Interns will be asked to bring their own laptop computer to the office, but printing facilities and general office supplies will be provided. The preferred duration of the internship is May 2013 to August 2013 with an expected minimum of 20 hours per week. However, each internship can be customized, and the duration can vary on a case to case basis. Though, students seeking college credit must adhere to their educational institution’s internship requirements. Although the internship if unpaid, we provide a bountiful lunch every day, a well-organized education experience with interdepartmental lectures so that you can learn about all aspects of TerraCycle’s operations and business management in general, regular intern events and company parties. In the previous year, TerraCycle had over 100 interns from top colleges, law schools and business schools. It’s a dynamic and highly charged entrepreneurial environment. TerraCycle will offer college credit and recommendations upon successful completion of the internship. Due to the company’s eco-focus, some schools, including Princeton, provide a stipend for their students to work at TerraCycle, so please check with your school if they can provide support.

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