Packaging Intern
Northbrook, IL 
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Barilla is one of the leading Italian food groups, a leader in the markets for pasta worldwide, for ready-made sauces in Europe, and for bakery products in Italy. For over 140 years the Company has been run by a family that now has reached its fourth generation. Barilla America, Inc., the U.S.-based division of , Italy's largest food producer, was launched in 1996. Just three years later, Barilla became the No. 1 brand of pasta in the United States. To achieve this milestone in such a short time is a testament to Barilla's history of over 140 years of excellence in food production, brand-building, product quality, and global consistency.

At Barilla, food production is guided by three essential principles: product quality, commitment to nutritionally balanced eating, and, of course, flavor, the unmistakable hallmark of the Barilla brand name. To maintain these standards, the Group engages in extensive research and development that helps us produce the best products, while always considering the concerns and needs of our customers. The Group also operates with respect for the environment and consumer health, and serves as a helpful, caring partner in the communities in which we operate.

Come learn from some of the best! Work alongside talented professionals to contribute to a challenging, exciting and rewarding projects. Our 2021 Summer Internship Program provides real-world experience and an opportunity to build expertise and problem-solving capabilities.

We offer a unique perspective into the world of food manufacturing with a maximum 12-week paid internship in our Technical Packaging Group in Northbrook, IL. As a key player on the Packaging Team, the Technical Packaging Intern will have the opportunity to manage the technical packaging development of new products and processes.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Identify, define, and implement technical packaging solutions using a human-centered design approach, with a focus on promotional activities and customer/channel-driven projects.
  • Support the preliminary assessment and qualification of packaging materials, new suppliers, in line with internal requirements and existing procedures.
  • Evaluate prototypes cross-functionally, considering production lines and food safety. Then develop technical drawings, create technical specifications
  • Support Barilla's Channels (e-commerce, Club, and Food Service) segment identifying key and innovative packaging solutions.
  • Work closely with marketing insights team to analyze and understand research and trends to improve our packaging portfolio
  • Support the industrialization of new Packaging solutions ensuring production line efficiencies and product quality; organizing and leading transport trials
  • Work cross-functionally to identify and implement cost savings opportunities within packaging considering the supply chain distribution and the logistics saturation
  • Leverage established testing protocols to evaluate new packaging solutions.
  • Collaborate with diverse cross-functional teams from across the world.

Qualified candidates will possess the following:

  • Completed Junior year of college with a concentration in Packaging Engineering
  • Completion of core materials classes in Packaging curriculum (i.e. paper, glass, plastic, etc.)
  • Familiarity with AUTO CAD & TOPS or CAPE PACK
  • Understanding of sustainability efforts or needs
  • Effective project management and time management skills
  • Self-driven individual with ability to work independently
  • Solid presentation and communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and maintain attention to detail
  • Strong ability to work in teams and build good relationships high degree of personal integrity and work ethics
  • Proficient in MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel); Advanced Excel skills with formulas and pivot tables a plus

Applicants can expect to hear back from us by December 2020. Thank you in advance for considering Barilla America as a potential employer.

Want more information on what it's like to be a Barilla Intern? Check out this video testimonial of our past Interns:

Barilla is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Barilla to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to characteristics including, but not limited to, age, race, color, culture, ethnicity, nationality, faith, religion, gender, pregnancy, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, veteran or protected veteran status, political opinions, health or disability. We are committed to equal employment opportunity not merely because it is our legal obligation, but because of our firm conviction that it is right and makes good business sense

Barilla is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Barilla to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws and ordinances, nationally and internationally. Other classifications include, but are not limited to, family status, health status, multicultural differences, political ideas, and sexual orientation.


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