Aramark Sustainability Internships

From 2010 through 2013 SCA has teamed up with ARAMARK – a leader in food services and facilities management – to offer a broad spectrum of hands-on sustainability internships at universities, K-12 schools, businesses, hospitals, sports stadiums, and National Park sites nationwide, as well as a few international locations. Jobs may include responsible procurement, sustainable building operations, waste management, nutritional awareness, and much more. These internships were designed to provide a career pathway into traditional operational roles throughout ARAMARK, where sustainability expertise is of increasing importance.

“I would never have imagined that I could have a job that incorporates sustainability and large-scale food service, but through my sustainable dining internship with ARAMARK I have found a job that I love.”

— Ila Galanti, ARAMARK Registered Dietician at the University of Chicago

“I’ve always had an interest in the environment, but I couldn’t see myself as a biologist in the field. I wanted to work in a setting with more practical applications, and straddle business and environmental issues. It’s awesome that the company [ARAMARK] supports this approach.”
— Caroline Gorham, ARAMARK Sustainability Intern at UNC-Wilmington, later hired as Sustainability Manager at UNC-CH for ARAMARK

The Details

  • Internships are offered for periods of 6 to 9 months.
  • Opportunities are available at ARAMARK locations including universities, K-12 schools, businesses, hospitals, sports stadiums, and National Parks in the US and abroad.
  • Depending upon the scope of responsibilities, positions are full-time (40 hrs/wk) or part-time (20 hrs/wk).
  • Health insurance is available at no extra cost.
  • Competitive wages are offered.
  • Interns will also receive specific on-the-job training at their internship location, depending upon needs.
  • All selected interns are required to attend an expenses-paid training and orientation program
  • Interns must arrange for their own housing during internship. For some ARAMARK National Park locations, low-cost onsite housing may be available.

Eligibility

Currently enrolled college juniors, seniors, or graduate students, or people with substantial professional experience, are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should possess the following:

  • Academic degree (completed or in progress) related to environmental issues, sustainability, business, nutrition, culinary or hospitality. (Other degrees will be accepted based on extracurricular activities and interests.)
  • Knowledge  or career interests in hospitality and tourism, facilities services, food service, or nutrition.
  • Ability to develop and manage projects independently.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with diverse stakeholders.
  • Understanding of the importance of meeting unique client and consumer needs.
  • Capacity and know-how to navigate the challenges of implementing sustainability initiatives.
  • Interest in working in the business world, and infusing sustainability into operational roles.
  • Previous experience or future interest in working at ARAMARK is a plus.

Related Posts & Program Information

Most of my time at my SCA internship was spent working with and improving the projects I discussed with you guys in my last blog: food waste management, electrical use reduction. I spent some of my extra time looking for what low hanging fruit I could address regarding other aspects of sustainability on site. The longer I was at the site, the more comfortable with and more confident in my role as a sustainability intern I became.

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Among the waste reduction projects I worked on at Zephyr Cove, my favorite was working on food waste. I knew I would be working with food waste reduction before I came here; it’s one of the things that attracted me to the position. When I got here, I learned that the site has a food management process that’s used at all ARAMARK sites; the program has a strong emphasis on reducing un-needed waste.

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At the beginning of my internship ARAMARK brought all of the SCA Sustainability Interns to Philadelphia for an orientation to discuss the program and learn more about SCA and Aramark.

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Hey all, I’m Alyssa, I’m currently working as an ARAMARK/SCA intern out in Nevada at a resort/campground. My internship is actually almost over, but I was given the great opportunity of talking about it here on Follow Me.

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Written by Lauren Freedman Whittlesey, SCA ‘10 alum, Alternative Spring Break in the Grand Canyon. Lauren turned her internship into a green job with SCA working in various capacities for the Marketing and Advancement teams.

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