About Us

The Kraft Heinz Company is one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world, with eight $1 billion+ brands and global sales of approximately $25 billion. We’re a globally trusted producer of high-quality, great-tasting, and nutritious foods for over 150 years. Our brands are truly global, with products produced and marketed in over 40 countries. These beloved products include condiments and sauces, cheese and dairy, meals, meats, refreshment beverages, coffee, infant and nutrition products, and numerous other grocery products in a portfolio of more than 200 legacy and emerging brands.

No matter the brand, we’re united under one vision: To sustainably grow by delighting more consumers globally. Bringing this vision to life is our team of 39,000+ food lovers, creative thinkers, and high performers worldwide. Together, we help provide meals to those in need through our global partnership with Rise Against Hunger. We also stand committed to responsible, sustainable practices that extend to every facet of our business, our consumers, and our communities. Every day, we’re transforming the food industry with bold thinking and unprecedented results. If you share our passion – and are ready to create the future, build a legacy, and lead as a global citizen – there’s only one thing to do: join our table and let’s make life delicious!

Our Culture of Ownership, Meritocracy and Collaboration

We're not afraid to think differently. Embrace new ideas. Dream big. We empower our people at every level – from entry-level intern to senior leader – to own their work. We share a responsibility to think like Owners – to be mindful of the collective and sustained success of Kraft Heinz – which we apply to every situation, every day.

As part of Kraft Heinz, you're supported to grow and achieve. You’re expected to bring your authentic self to work every day, to lead with humility, and drive outstanding performance at every level – and you’ll be rewarded. You’re given opportunities to leave a mark and build a legacy. But you won’t do it alone. You’re supported by passionate teammates along the way, and our collective, collaborative spirit fuels our incredible progress.

Vaccination & Future of Work Expectations

Our highest priority is always the health and safety of our Kraft Heinz family. We require our office-based, home-based, R&D, and sales team members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless approved for a medical or religious accommodation. This will enable our transition to hybrid work while maximizing the wellbeing of our entire team.

We believe the office is a critical driver of innovation, connection and development, but also realize providing more flexibility to our employees is critical in this new world. Starting in January 2022, the majority of our salaried employees will be able to work virtually for up to two days each week to create a more agile and modern workplace. Some jobs may be required to be performed fully in person depending a role’s responsibilities and requirements.

General information

All posting locations: Glenview, Illinois, United States of America

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Department: 10 - 01 - R&D Management

Date Published: 20-Sep-2022

Job Type: Regular

Description & Requirements

The Kraft Heinz Company is looking for Undergraduate students who want to have a all-inclusive Co-Op experience and learn all about the food and beverage industry.  

As a Kraft Heinz Co-Op Intern- you're hand-selected by our North American Packaging Leadership team to participate in a 6 month immersive program. Instead of going on coffee runs and making copies- you’ll be seated at the table making critical decisions that will influence not only your team- but the overall achievement of Kraft Heinz’s mission.

During your 6-month program- you will join a cohort of other daring Co-Op student into learn directly from Kraft Heinz leaders- join in a function-specific role- deliver tangible business results- and be immersed in weekly learning opportunities and social events. At the 6-month program's conclusion- you will have the opportunity to present your project and results to the North American Packaging Leadership Team. Our program’s goal is to create a direct pipeline into our Direct-hire pool after graduation.

Co-Op Goals:

  • Successfully execute projects at different stages (initiation- development and/or commercialization)- coordinating multiple moving parts

  • Execute- analyze- and form recommendations against experiments via lab testing and plant trials using scientific method

  • Actively pursue technical and business knowledge to understand the big picture of how the project impacts the business (understanding the ‘why’)

  • Through the Co-Op Internship program- we are looking to find the next wave of talent to drive our mission & values

Potential Projects:

We are dedicated to providing an experience that allows for the Co-Op interns to experience life at Kraft Heinz by giving them projects that are essential to their team’s success. Below are two example projects previous co-ops have worked on.

Kraft Heinz recently published the 2020 ESG Report- which highlights critical packaging sustainability commitments- as part of the greater enterprise strategy. Included in the commitments is for all packaging to be recyclable- reusable- or compostable by 2025.

  • Therefore- the co-op was tasked with exploring new packaging that could be recyclable to replace current- non-recyclable packaging. This project established the proof of concept for package material variables to meet recyclability criteria and KHC manufacturing and product performance requirements for products.

Packaging improvements to a high volume product could result in a material reduction of 2 to 4 million pounds annually- which helps support our 2025 sustainability goals.

  • The project challenge was to prove out parity performance of the new packaging in terms of quality tests- product interaction- shelf life- and match performance at the factory site while creating an exceptional package for the consumer and our environment.

You should join us at our table if:

  •  Undergraduate and Graduate Student must be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Packaging- Packaging Science- or another closely related field of study.

  • Undergraduate students must be in their Junior or Senior year of schooling.

  • You have an excitement for setting and delivering against personal goals and massively over-delivering

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills- with a high level of energy- creativity- and interested in growth & learning

  • Being hungry- yet humble comes naturally

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Kraft Heinz is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Underrepresented Ethnic Minority Groups/Women/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity and other protected classes. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for protected individuals, applicants that require accommodation in the job application process may contact HRCompliance@kraftheinz.com for assistance.