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Title:  Sales Intern

Requisition ID:  15085-159

Battle Creek, MI, US, 49017

Category:  Sales & Business Development
Travel:  No Travel Required

At Graphic Packaging International (NYSE: GPK), we produce the box you may have poured your child’s cereal from this morning, the microwaveable tray that heated your lunch, the paper cup that held your coffee throughout the day, and the carrier of those bottles of craft beer you may enjoy tonight! We’re one of the largest manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging for some of the world’s most recognized brands of food, beverage, foodservice, household, personal care and pet care products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are a team of collaborative, innovative, passionate individuals who are committed to providing consumer packaging that makes a world of difference.

With almost 18,000 employees working in more than 70 locations in North and South America, Europe and the Pacific Rim, we strive to be an environmentally responsible leader in our industry and in the communities where we operate. We are committed to workplace diversity and offer compensation and benefits programs that are among the industry’s best to reward the talented people who make our company successful.

If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, we’d love to hear from you. Learn more about us at www.graphicpkg.com.

Inspired Packaging. A World of Difference.


Sales Internship Position Summary

Located in the Battle Creek sales office, the sales intern will have the opportunity to learn about working in the fields of Packaging Engineering and Sales, gain valuable carton expertise and learn about specs, trials, and consumer-driven package design, and interact closely with various functional areas within Graphic Packaging and the customer. This Internship is a gateway to future GPI full-time Positions: High exposure to Sales Management Development Program.

Position Summary

  • Manage and/or provide support for multiple packaging projects from beginning to implementation by working with the customer and internal cross functional areas.
  • Complete specs, support trials, complete sustainability reporting, and work closely with CAD to create consumer-driven package designs.
  • Work as a GPI employee on-site at Kellogg Corporate Office in Battle Creek
  • Travel with GPI Technical Sales Team Member to customer (Kellogg) and GPI plant locations
  • Will work with primary, secondary and tertiary packaging
  • Learn about folding carton and paperboard industry by attending GPI Carton College and via various projects and support assignments
  • All other duties as assigned


This Job Description is not intended to be all-inclusive. The employee will also perform other reasonably related business duties, as assigned by immediate manager and other management personnel.


Graphic Packaging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications for the job in question. We do not base our employment decision on an employee's or applicant's race, color, religion, age, gender or sex (including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic identity, genetic information, disability, veteran/military status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Click here to view the EEO is the Law Poster 

Required Skills

  • The ability to deal with a variety of customers, both internal and external, in a highly professional and diplomatic manner.
  • Ability to persuade, negotiate, and sell. Positive outlook.

Required Experience

  • Junior level courses completed at Michigan State University School of Packaging.
  • Excellent interpersonal, telephone, presentation, oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Must be a self-starter, highly motivated and be able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • PC proficient in Windows-based programs, Microsoft Excel, and the internet. CAD skills a plus.
  • Strong technical aptitude. 

Nearest Major Market: Battle Creek
Nearest Secondary Market: Kalamazoo

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