General information

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

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 23-Jan-2024

Ref #: R-78644

Description & Requirements

The Kraft Heinz Company is looking for Undergraduate or Graduate 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 U.S 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 ambitious Co-Op interns to 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 US Packaging Leadership Team. Our program’s goal is to build a direct pipeline into our Direct-hire pool after graduation.

Co-Op Goals:

  • Successfully complete projects at different stages (initiation, development and/or commercialization), coordinating multiple moving parts
  • Implement, 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 critical 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 responsible for 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:

  • You are pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Packaging Science, Packaging Engineering and other related majors
  • You’re currently in your (Rising) Junior or Senior year or in Graduate Program.
  • 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

About Us

Kraft Heinz is a global food company with a delicious heritage. With iconic and emerging food and beverage brands around the world, we deliver the best taste, fun and quality to every meal table we touch. We’re on a mission to disrupt not only our own business, but the global food industry. A consumer obsession and unexpected partnerships fuel our progress as we drive innovation across every part of our company.

Around the world, our people are connected by a culture of ownership, agility and endless curiosity. We also believe in being good humans, who are working to improve our company, communities, and planet. We’re proud of where we’ve been – and even more thrilled about where we’re headed – as we nourish the world and lead the future of food.

Why Us

We grow our people to grow our business. We champion great people who bring ambition, curiosity, and high performance to the table as the guardians of our beloved and nostalgic brands. Good isn't good enough. We choose greatness every day by challenging the ordinary and making bold decisions. All while celebrating our wins - and our failures – as we work together to lead the future of food.

Challenging the status quo takes talent. We invest in your purpose and potential by developing skills and nurturing strengths that leave a legacy on our business and a lasting impact on your career. Because great people make great companies, and we’re growing something great here at Kraft Heinz.

Office Collaboration & Hybrid Work Environment

We believe our office environment fuels our collaboration, connection & community as an organization and allows our employees to grow toward greatness. We also believe providing a more flexible and agile model is essential in today’s workplace. A majority of our office-based employees will be able to work remotely for up to two days each week. Additionally, employees who are subject to this hybrid model will be eligible to work from anywhere for up to six weeks in a rolling 12-month period (in maximum two-week increments and according to benefits and tax guidelines). Some jobs may be required to be performed fully in office depending on the role’s responsibilities and requirements.

Kraft Heinz is an Equal Opportunity Employer that prohibits discrimination or harassment of any type. All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Applicants who require an accommodation to participate in the job application or hiring process should contact