Title:  Intern

Requisition ID:  3047

Kalamazoo, MI, US, 49007

Department:  Manufacturing & Operations
Travel:  Up to 25%

At Graphic Packaging International, we produce the paper cup that held your coffee this morning, the basket that transported those bottles of craft beer you enjoyed last weekend, and the microwave tray that heated your gourmet meal last night. 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 products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are collaborative, diverse, innovative individuals who create inspired packaging while giving back to our communities.


With over 25,000 employees working in more than 130 locations worldwide, we strive to be environmentally responsible 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.


A World of Difference. Made Possible.


The Early Career Program is designed to be a highly visible experience. Through a hands-on approach, you will learn various parts of our business and gain technical knowledge of our converting and mill operations. Graphic Packaging interns are assigned a mentor and have opportunities to network with other colleagues and team members in the organization. During your time in the program, you will lead individual and team projects and have an opportunity to make in-person presentations. At Graphic Packaging, your creative ideas and diverse inputs are what keeps us growing. Our Vision 2030 will deliver sustainable solutions to the best customers in the best markets. We’re looking for great people to play on our winning team. Now, more than ever, it’s an exciting time to join Graphic Packaging.



Interns in our packaging facilities will have the opportunity to learn about our packaging converting process while supporting manufacturing, quality, safety and other important functions within our plants. Internship opportunities exist in the areas of:

  • Project, Process, Quality Control, Electrical, Mechanical, Continuous Improvement, Maintenance, Reliability, Instrumentation and Environmental Engineering.



• Comfortable working in heavy manufacturing environment

• Desire to work on projects

• Coachable

• Eagerness to learn and develop

• Needs to be self-starter, be self-directed, take initiative to move forward with ideas, be committed and be able to work with and influence others

• Good analytical skills with attention to detail

• Must learn quickly to analyze data

• Strong oral and written communication abilities

• Ability and desire to work in a team environment

• Proficient with Microsoft Office Applications

• Provide engineering support to other departments as needed

• Ability to work a flexible schedule based on the needs of the business



• Interns and Co-op are a pipeline to our full time Leadership Development Program (LDP) LDP is designed to be a highly visible, 12-month leadership program designed to develop operational, business and leadership skills. The program provides fast-track industry experience through structured learning and a hands-on approach. Upon program graduation, LDPs are offered full time roles in areas like operations, sales, engineering, finance and supply chain.

• Ongoing commitment to developing leaders in our organization.

• Graphic Packaging strives to create a safe, high performance and inclusive culture.

• Competitive salaries & benefits packages for salaried employees.

• Exceptional relocation packages.

• Our employees serve the community through three target pillars:

                  o Preserving the environment

                  o Putting food on the table

                  o Investing in education



• Your prior experiences must demonstrate initiative, intellectual curiosity, strong problemsolving skills, success managing multiple priorities, and working well in a team under deadline pressure.

• Prior experience may include internships, co-op assignments, summer jobs, volunteer work, leadership roles in student or college-affiliated organizations, and/or full-time or part-time positions. Work experience related to field of study is desirable.



• Seeking an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Packaging, Mechanical Engineering or any other technical related degree.

• Advanced Degree considered but not required.



• Generally, your schedule is an 8-hour M-F assignment; however, internship and co-op experience might involve extracurricular, “get out in the world” activity. You are willing to work alternate schedules occasionally, when it gets the job done. This could be early mornings, nights, and/or weekends.

• Punctuality is key – it is a display of respect for your teammates and clients, and it indicates your respect for what you do.

• You’ll occasionally have overnight travel that could include flying or driving.



• Frequent, bending, stooping, squatting, as well as frequent movement throughout the facility for extended periods of time up to 8-hour.

• Occasional Lifting up to 20 lbs.

• Reading computer screen or other electronic devices.

• Use of various office, hand tools or electrical equipment.

• Employee is required to wear steel toe shoes, safety glasses and hearing protecting when in the manufacturing area.

• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to airborne particles and times of increased heat and humidity.

• The noise level in the immediate work environment is normally quiet, however requires exposure to a noisy manufacturing environment.




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 Poster, EEO is the Law.

Nearest Major Market: Kalamazoo