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We are Currently Seeking Interns to Work with Us Here in NYC or Remotely, on Sustainability & Green Marketing & Food Waste

As a way to help advance sustainability and reduce food waste, we are writing a book on culinary approaches used around the world to transform leftovers.  Call it a form of “Culinary Advocacy.” Interns would hone their research, writing and presentation development skills, learn about international food cultures, generate ideas for policies and practical solutions to food waste, and be empowered to use the education and engagement of influencers as a form of advocacy.

Interns work directly with Jacquelyn Ottman, an expert on green marketing and zero waste, award-winning author, and consultant to Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. EPA and USDA.  Learn more about Jacquie at this link or through Linked in
Learn more about our work with Leftovers HERE.

What You Will Learn

INTERNS may have opportunities to use or learn more about the following:
  • Editing, Writing and Content Creation  (E.g., Substack)
  • Publishing
  • Computer Skills (MacBook OSX, Google Drive)
  • Graphic Design (Adobe Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop)
  • Web Design  (WordPress.org and or SquareSpace, Wix)
  • Video (iMovie)
  • Powerpoint
  • Community Development & Social Media  (Mailchimp, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram)
  • Market Research and Consumer Insights Generation (SurveyMonkey.com)
  • Google Drive, Zoom

Interns can work remotely, hybrid or in-person in our office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. We’re super close to the Q, 6 and F trains.

Who Can Apply

  • Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors and post-grads.  Summer or during the semester.
  • Hours and start date are flexible and available on an ongoing, rolling basis.

How to Apply

Send us your resume and cover letter (and design samples as appropriate) for immediate openings to Internships.


Working with Jacquie this summer was a truly valuable experience. As a rising Junior, I felt a certain pressure to narrow down my future career path, but this internship with Jacquie certainly broadened my horizons and enabled me to explore other potential avenues.

From the initial interview, I was learning things about myself that I hadn’t thought about. From that conversation, it spanned into a summer experience that became a passion project. Taking our shared dedication for sustainability and reducing food waste, I was able to create a Substack newsletter – called Every Grain of Rice, after the Chinese principle) that allowed me to connect with my family through culture and cuisine. My writing and communication skills have improved, and I learned about business terminology along the way, including about the importance of building a personal brand and marketing myself.

The things that I have learned over this summer will be something that I can develop upon in my future endeavors, and it is all thanks to Jacquie’s expertise, patience and enthusiasm for turning things into “teachable moments”.                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                           -Colgate University Junior

“Working with Jacquie was a great experience. In a small business you’re quickly thrown into the mix and are given a lot of responsibilities in a variety of categories – from the administrative side to marketing to content and business development. On top of that, Jacquie’s approach to tackling sustainability, by applying her background to her passion, is truly inspiring and has stuck with me as I’ve moved through my career. I will always be thankful for my time with Junkie Jacquie!”

-Barnard Environmental Policy Graduate

“I truly cannot thank you enough for bringing me under your wing, and giving me the opportunity to intern with you. You not only gave me valuable work experience and the chance to learn some new things, but also greatly helped me focus on what I want to do with my life career wise. I will do my best to keep your “place in the universe” advice with me as I continue to move forward. You are doing an incredibly job, and I’m excited to watch your website grow.”

-Fordham Environmental Studies Graduate

“Although I had worked in many office jobs prior to J. Ottman Consulting, this was the first time I felt that my opinion in the way the business was run was truly valued. In the first month of the job, I learned all about business models and played a hands on role in brainstorming a new model for WeHateToWaste.com.

I learned all about how to manage an online community by publishing stories and social media posts that would prompt positive conversation and debate. In this process, I became very knowledgeable about WordPress, Mailchimp and Hootsuite and developed a skill in crafting tweets and Facebook posts. I honed my skills in social media marketing and learned how to engage our audience though different social media streams.

One of the most valuable experiences I had during my time at J. Ottman Consulting was putting together and delivering a webinar to a major client, Ingersoll Rand. It was a great opportunity to be able to have been given a large amount of responsibility in this project and play a major role in developing the content and putting together the slides. This experience also included learning how to put together a compelling business proposal for a potential client, and I will most definitely be using these skills in my future employment.

Finally, perhaps the most favorite things I learned were all the wonderful ways to prevent waste in my life and the lives of those around me. I can really see a difference in the way I viewed the world at the start of working at J. Ottman and the way I see it now. I learned so many effective ways to influence others to prevent waste both in my personal life and work life and plan to base my entire career on waste prevention thanks to Jacquie.”

-Intern from Melbourne, Australia

Thank you so much, Jacquie, for the wonderful opportunity and experience I had at J. Ottman Consulting and We Hate To Waste. I really learned a lot about a number of different things. Having never worked in an office setting, learning the basics of office management and administrative tasks will help me for years to come. Client interaction through professional phone calls, and sending professional emails, is an important skill to have for the future.

I learned how to use applications such as WordPress, Hootsuite, SurveyMonkey, and Mailchimp, which I had little experience with prior to working here. These will be extremely valuable technical tools as I move into the corporate world. Writing a post for the website allowed me to improve my writing skills. Working with PowerPoint to help put together presentations for We Hate To Waste, and learning how to properly frame things in order to get people interested and excited, was very rewarding. Additionally, promoting We Hate To Waste through social media allowed me to understand the importance of making connections to similar business people with like-minded goals, and how partnering with others to spread the word is a key component of sustainability and success. I learned the importance of reaching a large audience who is passionate about your cause, and the value of creating your own audience by influencing others to be just as passionate as you are.

More importantly though, was the knowledge gained from your impressive background and experience with green marketing. Through monetizing We Hate To Waste, I learned how businesses can and need to be sustainable, but can do so while remaining relevant and competitive. I particularly learned a lot from your idea about “your place in the universe.” As I move forward and pursue a career, knowing I can create my own occupation and make sure it is aligned with my goals and personal values is very comforting and enlightening. Thank you again for this wonderful experience, and I wish you all the best with We Hate To Waste and the workshops! I will be more than happy to continue to contribute whatever I can with the little time I have available from afar, but please keep me in the loop!

Thanks again, Jacquie.

– New School, Graduate Student

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