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ICPF to Promote Corrugated Packaging Careers to 500 Students

By AICC Staff

January 23, 2020

“This coming February 27, ICPF will conduct its annual Teleconference on the Business of Corrugated Packaging & Displays and the Career Opportunities. As in past years, 450–500 packaging science, graphic design, marketing and sales, supply chain management, packaging design, business, industrial and chemical engineering, and other students and faculty from 18–20 college campuses are expected to participate. This annual event is not a webcast, but a live video conference utilizing professional WKAR TV personnel and TV broadcast equipment at Central Michigan’s public television studios for two-way interactivity.

After their presentation, industry panel speakers Bryan Hollenbach (Green Bay Packaging) and Rich Ford (Packaging Corporation of America), and student moderator Erin Wilson (Virginia Tech packaging science, Spring ’20, and former student intern for ICPF, AICC, Pratt Industries, and Buckeye Corrugated Inc.), will address live questions from students on each of the participating campuses.

Campuses scheduled for participation include Appalachian State University, Bowling Green State University, California Polytechnic State University, Clemson University, Dunwoody College of Technology, Indiana State University, Illinois State University, Lewis-Clark State College, Michigan State University, Millersville University, North Carolina A&T University, North Carolina State University, Pittsburg State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, University of Florida, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Virginia Tech, and Western Michigan.

The Teleconference will conclude with ICPF’s Student Design Presentation Competition. Up to four student teams that participated in AICC’s 2019 student design competition will be tasked to show, tell, and sell their entries by explaining the objective, the research conducted, design, and other background.

Students to Receive Travel Grants to Attend ICPF Student/Executive Dialogue Dinner

On February 26, up to 35 top students from ICPF’s partner universities around the country will join visiting corrugated packaging executives in East Lansing, Mich., for ICPF’s Student/Executive Dialogue Dinner on corrugated packaging careers. Ten or more of the students who earlier have demonstrated an interest in a corrugated packaging career upon graduation will be provided ICPF travel grants to participate in the dinner, along with up to 25 top Michigan State University (MSU) packaging engineering and sales students. The next day, the students will join the 100 or more MSU packaging students in the public television broadcast auditorium to view ICPF’s Teleconference, which will connect an additional 450–500 students from their remote campuses. ICPF Corporate Partner firms seeking more information on potentially participating in the dialogue dinner should email

Don’t Delay—Recruit 2020 Summer Interns and 2020 Graduates Now

Throughout the year, ICPF has over 700 students and upcoming graduates from 35 or more universities in its corrugated packaging network who wish to enter the corrugated packaging and displays industry. These students rely on ICPF to alert them to specific openings in our industry. Therefore, ICPF’s Career Portal and Résumé Bank offer unique opportunities to fulfill your entry-level and student internship needs. In fact, in recent years, an average of seven qualified applicants have applied for each entry-level position and student internship posted on ICPF’s Career Portal. And once a position is posted, the ICPF partner firm then has access to ICPF’s searchable Résumé Bank, which has over 100 current student résumés for your review.

Student intern candidates and upcoming 2020 graduates already are actively seeking positions for this spring and summer. Do not delay in posting your student internships and anticipated entry-level openings for plant operations, sales, packaging design, graphic design, customer service, supply chain management, business office, or related needs. For more information on using ICPF’s recruiting resources, contact or call ICPF at 703-549-8580.

Thank You for Making ICPF’s Holiday Weekend in New York a Success!

Many corrugated manufacturing and supplier firms send multiple couples to ICPF’s New York holiday event who return year after year. While not every couple can participate each year, the event continues to grow with additional new couples who wish to join in this unique industry experience. First-time corporate participants in 2019 included Balemaster, EAM-Mosca, and Hood Container.

ICPF wishes to thank the 2019 registrants and sponsors for making ICPF’s 12th annual Holiday Weekend in New York another sellout and one of the most successful to date. Established in 2007, the annual New York events have combined for a net return of over $1.44 million to support ICPF initiatives.

The 2019 event sponsors included Pratt Industries, BW Papersystems, Fosber America, Bobst North America, Gerber Technology, Greif, Packaging Corporation of America, and Smurfit Kappa.

Corporate registrants and financial supporters included Amtech, Atlas Container, Arden Software, Balemaster, Bobst North America, Buckeye Corrugated Inc., BW Papersystems, Cascades Containerboard Packaging, Corrugated Replacements Inc., DiTech, EFI, Fosber America, EAM-Mosca, Gerber Technology, Göpfert Maschinen, Green Bay Packaging, Greif, Hood Container, JB Machinery, Kiwiplan, Kruger, Landaal Packaging, Packaging Corporation of America, President Container, Pratt Industries, Signode, Smurfit Kappa, StandFast Group, Sumter Packaging, Testing Machines Inc., Wasatch Container, WestRock, the Fibre Box Association (FBA), and AICC.

We also wish to thank AICC, FBA, BCN,, Corrugated Today, NV Publications, PPI Publications, and RISI for providing promotional assistance at meetings, in publications, and on websites throughout the year. Please mark your calendar for ICPF’s next Holiday Weekend in New York, scheduled for December 11–13, 2020.

Richard Flaherty is president of the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation.

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