The Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design’s pallet testing laboratory here at Virginia Tech hires four undergraduate students into its Distribution Packaging Internship Program each summer. We look for experienced laboratory assistants who have an interest in distribution packaging, strive in high performing teams, and can independently be responsible for high precision testing projects and continuous improvement projects. This position is expected to function with relative independence and high responsibility. Candidates will be expected to have strong interpersonal and organizational skills. The lab assistants will be involved in many aspects of the laboratory’s day to day operations and is expected to have a detail-oriented personality.
Applicants of any academic year are accepted, although we are specifically looking for freshmen and sophomores. Only students currently enrolled at Virginia Tech can apply and applicants must be Packaging Systems and Design majors.
Skills that will be valued highly include a knowledge of pallets, packaging, and package testing procedures, and/or industrial experience. While these skills are an advantage in the application process, they are not firm requirements. The most important credentials for an applicant are enthusiasm for the mission of the Center and demonstrated professional goals in the industry. Applicants need to be able to work independently, have a positive attitude, ability to flourish in a team work environment, possess a strong work ethic and strong analytical and interpersonal skills.
All candidates should be able to lift 50 lbs. and be able to work on their feet in an industrial environment. Evidence of serious academic achievement is preferred (GPA of 3.0 or higher is strongly preferred).
In addition, students who are selected for the internship will be expected to enroll in a two-semester, for-credit course sequence called the Sustainable Packaging Designer Trainee Program. This specialized training opportunity is only available to the selected interns and will contribute significantly to the student’s industry knowledge, research capabilities, and workplace professionalism.
The internship is a whole year commitment and it includes the following segments:
• Three months, full-time summer internship (40 hours per week)
• Fall and Spring part-time work experience (8 hours per week minimum)
• Two semesters of specialized academic education (3 credits each semester)
The summer portion of the 2020-2021 internship runs from May 18th – August 21st, 2020. The summer portion is a 40 hour per week commitment – with 3 vacation days (paid), and 5 days of excused absences allowed (unpaid).
In addition, this position includes the aforementioned two semesters of coursework and an additional work commitment of at least 8 hours per week, in the lab, during both the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.
Although, applications are accepted year-round, the selection of the candidates will start February 1st, 2020, and the Distribution Packaging Internship Program starts in May.
Check out the links to the right to learn more about this undergraduate internship opportunity!