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Vans Sustainability and Social Responsibility Summer Intern
Vans: Be a Part of the Original
“It was never about waving the brand like a flag, it was always about the people” – Paul Van Doren
Vans is the original action sports footwear company, rooted in authenticity and creativity. Founded in 1966, Vans has thrived on a legacy of impacting our greater community through four pillars: action sports, music, art and street culture. We are constantly inspired by the expressive creators within our company and community as they bring new and innovative perspectives to help shape and transform the future of our business.
At Vans, our culture sets us apart and influences everything we do. We are driven by five values:
1. We are determined.
2. We are connected to our consumers and to each other.
3. We are inclusive.
4. We are expressive and fun.
5. And most of all, we are a family.
Vans is a subsidiary of VF, the world’s largest apparel and footwear company, comprised of more than 25 brands. We are leaders in global footwear, apparel and accessories, available in more than 170 countries worldwide. As we continue to expand, VF and Vans take great measures in developing and growing our people.
Vans is founded on a culture of learning. We take pride in our ability to facilitate learning opportunities by providing the resources and tools necessary to support each individual’s pursuit of growth to achieve future goals. In order to prioritize career growth within our company, Vans offers courses on topics such as leadership, communication, collaboration and technical skills to ensure our employees are self-motivated and fulfilled with our rapidly growing business.
By joining the Vans family, you will be immersed in an environment of incredibly supportive and collaborative people. We work very hard across a multitude of large initiatives to bring the Van Doren spirit to life. We live for what we do.
Social Responsibility and Sustainability Intern: Become the Newest Member of the Vans Family
As Social Responsibility and Sustainability Intern, you will have the opportunity to create a plan for recycling and repurposing Vans in store displays and visual merchandise. You will utilize your love of Vans and experience in the retail space to impact our sustainability mission. You will partner closely with our retail operations team, store associates, and visual merchandisers. This project will influence the business beyond the summer and you will leave your mark on creating a more environmentally friendly family.
How You Will Make a Difference:
Research best practices within: VF, the apparel and footwear industry and beyond
Benchmark what we do now vs. competitive set
Conduct internal stakeholder research with: environmental design, retail operations, and finance to understand challenges and opportunities
Develop KPIs and a tracking system to be used by environmental design
Create a plan for recycling seasonal POP, banners and other items from store refreshes
Create communication on the plan for stakeholders within the business
Skills for Success:
Educational/ Position Requirements:
Years of Related Professional Experience: 0-1 year
One previous internship experience desired.
Currently enrolled full time or graduated within one year from an accredited education institution.
A strong participation level and/or interest in various action sports, street culture, music and/or art.
An independent thinker and ability to contribute in an independent environment.
Special Physical and/or Mental Requirements:
Travel by air and overnight, as required 10% amount of time.
Lifting and/or bending 10 pounds amount of weight.
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