On Thursday, the Randolph community got the chance to hear about how cheesecake can be sustainable. Megan Bloomer ’06, the vice president of sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for The Cheesecake Factory, shared her career experiences and offered advice to environmental studies and sciences students. She also provided information about a new remote internship opportunity between her company and Randolph College for the spring 2020 semester.
Based at The Cheesecake Factory headquarters in Calabasas, California, Bloomer oversees and manages the company’s current and future sustainability initiatives. Her primary responsibilities include developing new sustainability initiatives from the ground up, identifying areas for the company to reduce costs and decrease its environmental footprint, and developing company-wide sustainable food sourcing policy. In addition to her work for The Cheesecake Factory, Bloomer is the founder of RAMSHEAD Inc., a leadership consultancy that specializes in teaching and developing consent frameworks within corporate environments.
This spring, Bloomer plans to hire 5-10 Randolph students for a special internship with The Cheesecake Factory. These “Cheesecake sustainability interns” will play an integral part in supporting the company’s sustainability department by creating a complete business case for an ongoing project addressing excess food and diverting food waste. The internship will build responsibilities and skills that are applicable to future careers in corporate sustainability, corporate social responsibility, business analysis, and strategic projects. Students will have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of how a sustainability department functions by interacting with the entire team as well as cross functionally with other departments.
The internships are open to students of any major and will be supervised by Bloomer and Karin Warren, the Herzog Family Professor of Environmental Studies at Randolph. To apply, students should submit a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript to Maegan Crews Fallen, director of Randolph’s Career Development Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is Friday, December 6, at 5 p.m.