Global Sourcing Sustainability Intern
Prepared resources and conducted research and analysis around IP’s global footprint (ie, social and environmental impact) through its sourcing practices. Provided strategic recommendations for sustainability integration across the company based on current company practices, peer benchmarking, and trends in the industry and across large corporations.
Focused directly on my specific area of interest. Lots of freedom to expand on my core project and branch into other related areas. Lots of access to Director and VP level people.
My main project was not as challenging or stimulating as it could have been. But it allowed me to interact with many different kinds of people at the company, and I was able to move beyond it into more interesting work once I had a handle on it and demonstrated that I had the capacity to do so.
Creating a supplier sustainability handbook outlining IP’s values, expectations, and practices around sustainable sourcing, to be used with suppliers but also as an internal education tool and with other external stakeholders. It involved gathering input from all the sourcing units (think everything from wood fiber to energy for a mill to corporate services like IT and HR) as well as business Directors and the Sustainability team – and combining it into a user-friendly and substantive resource that will continue to evolve as needs and policies change.