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

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 & 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, by posting their resumes and applying for openings through ICPF’s Career Portal, and by 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 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 accessing ICPF’s resume bank for upcoming graduates and students.  Over 300 active resumes are posted there.

Following is a cross section of upcoming graduates and student interns who currently are available through ICPF’s career portal. 

Katie K. (Michigan State University 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 Nestle 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 2021.

John C. (University of Wisconsin – 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-S, 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 research & development as well as design. He is seeking a full time opening upon graduation in May.

Isabel S. (Rochester Institute of Technology Packaging Science 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 Companies of Johnson and 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 (CPIT), 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. 

Michelle C. (University of Florida Marketing major with a minor in Packaging Science while simultaneously in graduate school for a Master’s Degree in International Business – graduating May 2021 and December 2021.) “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 of 2021. 

Sam S.O. (California Polytechnic State University Industrial Technology & 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 ITP 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 which 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. At the writing of this article, Sam accepted a position to which he applied through ICPF’s Career Portal.

Matthew H. (Rochester Institute of Technology, 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 6 month internships at Steelcase, Nestle 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 2021.

Cole 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.

Gloria C.  (Virginia Tech Packaging Systems & 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 currently enrolled in a 6-month digital marketing certification program through the University of Pennsylvania Experience Lab, LPS.  My corrugated packaging career interests include marketing & sales, design and the sustainability aspects of packaging.”  Gloria is seeking a full-time position for June 2021. 

Jane V. (University of Florida Chemical Engineering with a concentration in packaging science – graduating May 2022) “My areas of interest within the corrugated industry are process and manufacturing engineering. By participating in the ICPF Dialogue Dinner last December, I learned more about the areas and career opportunities of the corrugated industry as well as made future contacts for a potential summer internship. I would highly recommend everyone interested in the corrugated industry to use the ICPF career portal to apply for positions.”