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It’s Not Too Late to Recruit 2021 Student Interns and Graduates

By AICC Staff

March 22, 2021

The International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) continually works to attract the best and the brightest students for available jobs and internships within the industry. Every year, over 750 packaging engineering, sales and marketing, graphic design, packaging design, business, supply chain management, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, and related students and upcoming graduates demonstrate interest in corrugated packaging careers by joining ICPF’s corrugated packaging career network, posting their résumés, applying for openings through ICPF’s Career Portal, and participating in ICPF’s educational programs and interactive broadcasts. On average, over 120 student interns and new graduates are hired annually through ICPF resources.

If you are an ICPF Corporate Partner or are considering becoming a partner, it is not too late to begin recruiting for 2021 by posting 2021 summer internships/co-ops and openings for upcoming 2021 graduates on ICPF’s Career Portal. It is simple and fast. Contact for information on posting openings and to access ICPF’s Résumé Bank for upcoming graduates and students. For those seeking applicants for immediate entry-level openings, there are some December 2020 graduates available as well.

The following is a cross section of upcoming graduates and student interns who currently are available through ICPF’s Career Portal.

width=61Katie K. (Michigan State University [MSU] packaging science major, graduating May 2021) is president of MSU’s Student Chapter of CoPPAC and the ICPF student representative at MSU. She conducted a six month co-op in Ohio at Nestlé and has been a sales floor associate at Target since January 2018. “I attended the virtual ICPF Student/Executive Dialogue Dinner and enjoyed hearing all that this unique industry has to offer. Additionally, I will be attending the April 2021 ICPF teleconference to hear more about potential career opportunities. I am interested in corrugated design, production, sales, and R&D.” Katie is seeking a full-time position upon graduation in May.

width=61John C. (University of Wisconsin–Stout [UW–Stout] packaging major with a project management minor, graduating May 2021) serves as the ICPF student representative at UW–Stout. “UW–Stout has prepared me to enter the field of packaging with a vast array of relevant knowledge. Through UW–Stout, I was given the opportunity to attend the ICPF Student/Executive Dialogue Dinner and teleconference in February 2020, where I met corrugated packaging industry professionals to learn about careers. ICPF is extremely helpful by providing information and ways to enter the corrugated packaging industry. For example, the Career Portal on the ICPF website has job postings from multiple companies across the United States. I have been highly recommending the portal to students as a resource.” John has specific interests in R&D as well as design. He is seeking a full-time opening upon graduation in May.

width=81Isabel S. (Rochester Institute of Technology [RIT] packaging science major with an immersion in economics, graduating May 2021) is currently a lab technician in the RIT Packaging Dynamics Lab, a research assistant, the president of RIT’s student chapter of IoPP, and serves as an ICPF student representative at RIT. She has conducted co-ops as a packaging development engineer at DePuy Synthes Cos. of Johnson & Johnson and as an R&D packaging engineer at PepsiCo. Isabel additionally was a teaching assistant for Packaging Metals and Plastics. Isabel is an IoPP certified professional in training, an ISTA certified packaging lab professional (technician level), and a certified lean Six Sigma green belt. “ICPF has been a great resource, from using the Career Portal to seeing what positions are available in the corrugated industry. Attending ICPF’s Student/Executive Dialogue Dinner was an invaluable experience to speak with other students and executives while networking. I am looking forward to promoting the corrugated industry as an ICPF student representative.” Isabel is seeking a full-time packaging engineer opportunity upon graduation in May.

width=75Michelle C. (University of Florida marketing major with a minor in packaging science while in graduate school for a master’s degree in international business, graduating May 2021 and December 2021, respectively) says, “I am grateful to Richard Flaherty and the whole ICPF community for teaching me more about the packaging industry and opening the door for career opportunities in corrugated. ICPF’s Student/Executive Dialogue Dinner introduced me to industry leaders I now look up to and aspire to work alongside one day. The Career Portal has provided an efficient and accurate method to stay up to date with the latest internship opportunities. I am pursuing packaging sales, given my strong interest in consumer behavior, marketing, and relationship management, as well as my diverse background in business.” Michelle is seeking a summer 2021 internship upon completing her undergraduate degree this May, as well as a full-time position after completing her master’s degree in December.

width=65Sam S.O. (California Polytechnic State University [Cal Poly] industrial technology and packaging major with a concentration in packaging sciences and a minor in Spanish, graduating June 2021) has served in two separate research assistant positions at Cal Poly, holds a current position as the career readiness and networking chair for the packaging student board, and serves as an ICPF student representative at Cal Poly. “Last year, I participated in ICPF’s teleconference and in the recent virtual Student/Executive Dialogue Dinner that reinforced my interest in a corrugated packaging career. My areas of interest lie in the design, manufacturing, and engineering processes of corrugated packaging and production.” Sam just accepted a position to which he applied through ICPF’s Career Portal.

width=77Matthew H. (RIT packaging Science major, graduating May 2021) is a research assistant (stretch wrap and apple tray research), a teaching assistant (PACK 211 and 312), and an ICPF student representative at RIT. In addition, he has completed six-month internships at Steelcase, Nestlé Professional, and Hershey chocolates. “I initially connected to ICPF through its corrugated packaging career network on LinkedIn, where I found more about ICPF and the resources they provide to students. I was able to participate in ICPF’s Student/Executive Dialogue Dinner this past December, which was a valuable experience to talk about corrugated packaging with industry professionals. The ICPF portal also has been a valuable tool to learn more about the opportunities in the corrugated industry.” Matthew is seeking a full-time packaging engineering position starting in June.

width=73Cole B. (Clemson University packaging science major with a minor in business administration, graduating May 2021) is the recipient of the Robert Testin Outstanding Packaging Science Senior Award. He participated in co-ops at Disease Control Technologies LLC and Robert Bosch LLC. “I was introduced to ICPF by Elizabeth Anderson, who serves as ICPF’s student representative at Clemson. She suggested I use ICPF as a place to network with professionals in the corrugated industry. Since then, I have participated in Student/Executive Dialogue Dinners and used the Career Portal to begin my job search. These are invaluable resources for students and new graduates to expand their professional network.” Cole is seeking a full-time corrugated packaging sales position after graduation in May.

width=72Gloria C. (Virginia Tech packaging systems and design major with a minor in business leadership, graduated May 2020) participated in ICPF’s Teleconference on the Business of Corrugated Packaging & Displays in February 2019 and February 2020. “I am a Baltimore- area resident and am currently enrolled in a six-month digital marketing certification program through the University of Pennsylvania Experience Lab, LPS. My corrugated packaging career interests include marketing and sales, design, and the sustainability aspects of packaging.” Gloria is seeking a full-time position for June 2021.

width=99Richard Flaherty is president of the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation.

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