We offer a Sustainable Packaging Designer Trainee program (SPDT) here at the Center. This program selects the best students out of their class; based on their academic performance, professionalism and personal skills, and gives them more in-depth training which will better prepare them for a future job in the industry. They are expected to work as a laboratory technician during their academic career and they will participate in an internship as well as specialized coursework. Students who graduate from the SPDT program will make excellent industry employees!
The Sustainable Packaging Designer Trainee (SPDT) program is the most hands-on college level training program offered in the United States. Every year, 3-5 students are selected based on their academic performance, professionalism, and personal skills to be part of the program. The program includes a three-month, full-time summer internship, two academic classes, and two years of part-time work experience as a laboratory technician at the Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design.
No. There are no testing fees associated with these projects. If extensive materials are needed, it’s expected that these required materials will be provided by the company who suggested the project.
The submitted project needs to:
During the term, students work on various industrial projects. These projects are academically challenging and expand students’ knowledge in at least one of the fields of packaging. Each semester, our supporting members have the opportunity to submit a project for consideration as the students’ projects. Our faculty then selects one or two of the members’ projects per semester for the students to work on. At the end of every semester, students will present the results of their work to the supporting companies. Potential projects must meet the program’s guidelines, which are listed previously.
If you are an Affiliate Member of the Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design, you automatically become a supporting member of the SPDT program. If you are not currently a member of the Center, then you can become a supporting member for a $500 annual fee and one year of commitment.
If you would like more information, please contact Laszlo Horvath at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (540) 231-7673.