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    Internships Infuse Sustainability Into Jobs 

     Today’s emerging generation of employees is seeking a different career path than their parents. How a company addresses environmental and social issues, and how employees can have the opportunity to impact these issues while at work are important factors for today’s young job seekers.  

    In the professional services industry, we see an increasing need for employees (like intern Sarah McElroy, pictured above) with a practical understanding of environmental and social issues, coupled with hospitality and facilities business knowledge. We recognize that a gap exists between education institutions, companies, and the next generation workforce about the practical application of corporate responsibility.  

    In 2011, ARAMARK launched a Sustainability Internship Program, hosted in partnership with the Student Conservation Association. This program was designed to meet a growing need for employees who have a practical understanding of sustainability plus fundamental business knowledge. By creating an awareness of the role sustainability can play in all jobs, we sought to incorporate the subject matter across our workforce.

    The ARAMARK Sustainability Internship Program, created in partnership with the Student Conservation Association, helps fill that gap by giving participants hands-on experience as they implement environmental, health and wellness, and community-oriented solutions for ARAMARK clients at schools, colleges and universities, businesses, national parks and other locations.

    In order to replicate and scale this initiative, we transitioned the program into our Campus Recruiting, which develops a diverse talent pipeline for management and leadership positions at ARAMARK. By embedding sustainability knowledge across all positions filled by ARAMARK Campus Recruiting we’re driving towards our enterprise goal of infusing sustainability into all jobs.

    As Intern Sarah McElroy said, she applied for the program because she likes the idea of sustainability being integrated into more traditional jobs. “In the end,” she said, “sustainability should be in the fabric of every role.”