During the past decade, ICPF has donated or placed over $12.5 million in corrugated equipment (CAD systems, sample tables, testing systems, presses, rotary die cutters, stackers, dryers and related equipment) and other resources to advance college and university curricula to better prepare those students planning to enter the corrugated industry. (The shelf value of the additional donations of design and related software far exceed this $12.5 million figure.)

The Career Portal portion of ICPF's website additionally provides a listing of available internships and entry level positions in the industry to which students and recent graduates can directly apply online. Since the free Career Portal is regularly visited by industry recruiters, upcoming and recent graduates are encouraged to post their resumes there as well. Not only has the portal been a successful tool for students to acquire internships and new graduates to secure careers, it is a successful resource for firms in the industry.  Over the past several years, almost 90% of the openings posted there have been filled by a combination of direct application through the career portal, use of its resume bank and ICPF's Corrugated Packaging & Displays Career LinkedIn Network.

ICPF's online corrugated curricula is available free through its website for packaging, graphic design, flexography, business and related faculty and their students. It also serves as a resource for ICPF corporate partners in their work with new employees, community colleges and technical schools. The corrugated curricula provides a comprehensive overview of corrugated manufacturing, from a brief history to details on production, design, performance specifications, testing processes, and corrugated packaging's role as a cost-effective, high-performance, renewable, recyclable and sustainable packaging choice.

ICPF has distributed thousands of its Careers in Corrugated DVD to colleges, universities, high schools and corporate partners.  The DVD presented information and video clips on the industry and its many different careers for new graduates. These video clips are available under the Careers in Corrugated section of the website, making this information accessible to a broader spectrum of students.

Over the past 30 years, ICPF has conducted numerous other educational initiatives, programs, and competitions to advance student and faculty knowledge of the corrugated packaging industry, and the exciting career opportunities this $30.8 billion-a-year industry offers. Several of these include a National Logo Design Competition for graphic design students, the annual International Careers in Corrugated Teleconferences for colleges and universities across North America, dozens of student /executive dialogue dinners, six national Chair Affair design competitions with winning entries displayed in the National Building Museum in Washington D. C. where Vern Yip of Design Star and Trading Spaces fame served as ICPF's Honorary Chair; and ICPFs annual, live, Best of the Best student design presentation competition where student teams are challenged to "show, tell, and sell" their corrugated designs to fellow students during ICPF's annual teleconferences. More information on these and other programs are provided on this website.

ICPF is an independent, non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation. The Internal Revenue Service has approved ICPF as an philanthropic, educational foundation that may accept tax-deductible contributions from companies, individuals, and other organizations. ICPF is largely supported by individual corrugated manufacturers and supply companies, and is co-sponsored by AICC - The Independent Packaging Association (based in the Washington D.C. area) and the Fibre Box Association (based in the Chicago area).


AICC (which along with the Fibre Box Association serves as a co-sponsoring association in support of the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation - ICPF) conducts its own annual Student Design Competition that recognizes the best student team packaging & display designs entered in three distinct categories. Entry into the competition provides students and their college/university packaging design programs with a great  opportunity to showcase creative talent and successful programs to corrugated packaging and display professionals from around the world. The competition guidelines are usually released each December, with student design entries due by early June.

Provided that half of the original team is comprised of underclassmen, the 1st and 2nd place winning teams of students in the first two categories of AICC's annual competition are eligible to participate in ICPF's own annual "Best of the Best" Student Design Presentation Run-Off Competition.  The student competition is conducted the following  February 
during ICPF's Careers in Corrugated Packaging & Display Teleconference that is broadcasted to colleges and universities across North America.  During the live competition, the qualifying student teams are provided five minutes to "show, tell and sell" their winning entries for cash prizes. More information on the AICC Student Design Competition can be found on AICC's website.

The International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) expands technical education opportunities at educational institutions across the country to benefit both students and corrugated industry employees through asset donations. ICPF has increased the acquisition and placement of corrugated equipment assets at educational institutions in which the industry has input into the development of the corrugated curriculum.

Look below to see the schools that have received ICPF asset placements and/or curriculum support.

AICC - The Independent Packaging Association represents, and protects, the business interests of the independent sector of the corrugated, folding carton, and rigid box industries.

The Fibre Box Association (FBA) is a non-profit trade association that represents North American corrugated packaging manufacturers and strives to grow, protect and enhance the overall well-being of the industry by providing member-valued programs and services.

International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) corporate partners are committed to attracting talent into the corrugated packaging & display industry. They are independent corrugated manufacturers, integrated manufacturers and suppliers to the industry. ICPF Corporate Partners make predetermined pledges to support ICPF's mission.

Pledge levels to become a partner are based upon size of company, with similar sized companies requested to make similar size pledges.  (Please see list of corporate pledges from link below.)  Pledges for a corrugated manufacturer (a CorrAlliance pledge) begin at $50,000 (for one location) and a base rate of $100,000 for multiple locations. Pledge levels for supplier companies (a PaceSetter pledge) begin at $100,000. The pledge can be paid over time ranging from one year to 10 years, with the average being 5-7 years. ICPF is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation and pledge donations to ICPF are tax deductible in the U.S. to the full extent of the law.

If you decide to make a pledge this year in order to review the resume bank or to post a position on the career portal, you can postpone the initial pledge installment to the first quarter of 2022 if preferred.  Upon your corporate commitment by letter (please contact ICPF for sample), ICPF would prepare a release for the trade press announcing your firm as a new ICPF Partner, and the pledge to which you have committed.

Pledges from ICPF's Corporate Partners support ICPF's mission to generate a stream of increasingly qualified students to enter the corrugated packaging and display industry, now and into the future.  ICPF creates and builds partnerships within the higher education community, assists in the placement of corrugated equipment and other resources to advance corrugated curriculum at colleges and universities, works to expand the placement of student interns within the industry, and promotes corrugated packaging & display career and entry level job opportunities for packaging engineering, sales, structural & graphic design, business, industrial engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, supply chain management, mechatronics and related graduates. More information on ICPF initiatives can be found on ICPF's website.

In addition to supporting ICPF initiatives and the future of the corrugated industry, following are other special benefits to becoming an ICPF Partner.

  • Your company recognized in the international corrugated packaging trade press for the pledge/donation through use of a mutually developed press release. A mutually agreed upon press announcement of the new partnership (to go in the trade press and in your local communities) would be released either immediately or in the month you believe is most useful to your firm.  The partnership also will be announced in the AICC - The Independent Packaging Association and Fibre Box Association monthly publications and at their upcoming annual meetings.
  • Membership on the ICPF's Advisory Council to work with top executives in the integrated and independent sectors to address workforce issues and recommend programs and initiatives to support the industry's future through ICPF.
  • Access to posting internships and entry level positions on ICPF's website's career portal that is a component of ICPF's active student internship and new graduate corrugated packaging & displays careers network.
  • Access to ICPF’s website's career portal to search its student intern and new graduate resume bank.
  • Access to ICPF's corrugated curricula that is available to faculty and students, as well as to corporate partners for use with training new employees, sales personnel, etc.
  • Recognition at major national and international industry events, including the AICC and FBA national meetings.
  • Recognition in ICPF e-publications and events targeted to the industry and to packaging, graphic communication, business and other students and faculty.
  • Recognition on the ICPF website.
  • Recognition at ICPF events.
  • A listing on ICPF’s website with a complimentary logo or banner ad and link to the partner's own corporate website.
  • Recognition during ICPF’s annual careers in Corrugated Teleconference briefing to packaging, graphic communication, sales, engineering, business and related students and faculty.
  • Recognition in ICPF’s annual Careers in Corrugated Teleconference program and video distributed to schools nationwide and to industry executives.

Click here to see a list of ICPF corporate partners and their pledge levels.

For more information on becoming an ICPF corporate partner, contact ICPF at rflaherty@icpfbox.org or call 703.549.8580.