Recycling Technologies Intern (6 month co-op)

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino), California, United States
Not Available


Posted: Oct 29, 2018
Weekly Hours: 40
Role Number: 114017429
Experience Apple. There’s the typical job. Punch in, make widgets, punch out, repeat. Then there’s a career at Apple. Where you’re inspired to defy the routine. To explore the far reaches of the possible. To travel uncharted paths. And to be a part of something far bigger than yourself. Because around here, changing the world just comes with the job description. Apple's Environmental Technologies team is seeking an intern to assist with investigations into recycling technologies and material recovery, in support of Apple’s dedication to building a closed-loop supply chain. We are committed to making our products from recycled and renewable materials and ensuring that those products are recycled responsibly at their end of life. As a team, we focus on material extraction and recovery technologies, separation and purification methods, material flow mapping, and other data-driven analyses around material life cycles. Are you passionate about responsible resource management and the technologies that can enable a more sustainable supply chain? Do you want to work on hard problems with real world impacts? Are you a committed optimist? If this describes you, you will help us identify, prioritize and solve complex technical challenges in material life cycles. You’ll work to identify key technologies or processing opportunities in Apple’s up- and downstream supply chain. And you’ll help measure and track progress towards our Closed Loop goal. In this work, you will collaborate closely with multi-functional teams to scope projects, capture and analyze data, and present findings and recommendations as they relate to engineering decisions.

Key Qualifications

  • Knowledge of material life cycles, from raw material extraction to end-of-life options, with a particular focus on materials used in consumer electronics and industrial manufacturing
  • Knowledge of material flow analysis (MFA) and life cycle assessment (LCA) methods and techniques
  • Understanding of Circular Economy concepts and familiarity with common metrics used to discuss the Circular Economy
  • Comfortable with developing assumptions, working and making decisions with limited and imperfect data, and quantifying and identifying sources of uncertainty
  • Must be available starting January 2019 and able to work through summer (full-time, onsite)


YOU SHOULD BE - Self-motivated, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented - Excellent at written and verbal communication - Experienced managing, organizing and maintaining large datasets - Experienced with spreadsheets, process modeling software, and data manipulation - Comfortable presenting to and working with both technical and non-technical teams

Education & Experience

MS/PhD student in material science, material engineering, extractive metallurgy, and/or related fields. Advanced BS students should also apply.

Additional Requirements