The evening before the annual live Careers in Corrugated Packaging & Display Industry Teleconference, the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) hosts an annual student dialogue dinner where select students join the Teleconference speakers and local industry executives for dinner to learn more about corrugated packaging & display industry careers. This annual student dialogue dinner, and other ICPF student dialogue dinners that are periodically conducted at major industry events, also provide a great networking opportunity for students to acquire student internships or co-ops, and to identify potential employers who can offer a corrugated packaging & display career upon graduation.  If you are a student who is interested in participating in a future student / executive dialogue dinner, contact to learn more.

2017 Student / Executive Dialogue Dinner
On February, 22, the evening before ICPF's Teleconference on The Business of Corrugated Packaging & Displays and its Career Opportunities, 19 select students, from Michigan State Packaging, Bowling Green State University Graphic Design & Packaging, Clemson University Packaging Science, Clemson University Graphic Communications and Virginia Tech Packaging Systems and Design, joined Teleconference speakers and local industry executives for dinner to learn more about corrugated packaging & displays industry careers. The industry executives joining in the student dinner dialogue included Andy Pierson (Mid-Atlantic Packaging), Craig Gunckel (WestRock), Jeff Turner (Pratt Industries), Kevin Hinz (Kapstone Paper), Matt Davis (Welch Packaging) and the Teleconference moderator Marysa Kotsogiannis (Green Bay Packaging).
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Have you created student internship opportunities in your business?  Recruiting and training student interns is one of the best ways to identify and effectively recruit upcoming graduates who fit into your succession plan. For those ICPF corporate partner firms that have a student internship program in place, we encourage you to use ICPF's Career Portal to post the opening.  It is effective and once you post an opening, you also have free access to the resume bank there that currently has over 100 resumes recently posted by new graduates seeking corrugated careers and students seeking student internships or co-ops.

For those firms that wish to learn more about creating a new student internship or student co-op program in the near future, contact to acquire additional information to get started.

The International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) offers a myriad of tools and resources for students interested in corrugated packaging & display careers.

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The International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) is committed to working with faculty and expanding its outreach to universities and talented students in order to educate and encourage them to consider the many careers available in the corrugated packaging & displays industry. ICPF's work, in large part, is enabled by financial and other support provided by individual companies that will benefit from ICPF's initiatives. Through industry support, ICPF already has made significant strides. To illustrate a cross section of its initiatives, ICPF has:

  • Placed over $11.5 million in corrugated equipment in colleges and universities to educate students in concepts and skills to better prepare them for a career in the industry. 
  • Jumpstarted, Created or Expanded 19 packaging design programs at U.S. colleges and universities in just the past eight years.
  • Established formal partnerships with over 25 colleges and universities across North America. 
  • Conducted fifteen annual interactive Careers in Corrugated Packaging & Displays Teleconferences to bring the latest developments in the industry to students and faculty on campuses throughout North America.  The Teleconference also is successful in promoting corrugated careers to the over 400 students from the 15 -20 campuses that participate annually.
  • Created a Careers in Corrugated Packaging & Displays Network that currently has over 800 students and upcoming graduates who have joined to specifically pursue student internships and careers in the corrugated industry.
  • Developed a Career Portal and Resume Bank for firms to post entry level positions for new graduates and student internships.  The portal also allows potential student interns and upcoming graduates to post resumes in its resume bank that can be searched by corrugated partner companies. Over 90 % of the openings posted on the portal have been successfully filled utilizing the portal in conjunction with ICPF's Resume Bank and LinkedIn corrugated career network.
  • Developed and Placed Corrugated Curricula to support real-world corrugated instruction in colleges and universities. ICPF's corrugated curricula is accessible to students and faculty directly from ICPF's website.
  • Conducted Twelve Annual Student Corrugated Packaging Design Presentation Competitions that expose students to the corrugated packaging industry. In the annual Best of the Best student run-off competition held during the annual Satellite Interactive Teleconference student winners from the AICC competition are challenged to "show, tell and sell" their entry to their student peers. Students are awarded cash prizes and many participating in ICPF's Best of the Best competition subsequently have been recruited into the corrugated packaging industry.
  • Produced a Powerful Recruiting Tool on DVD that explains the corrugated packaging industry and its careers to students and those outside the industry. Students can access these informational career videos directly from ICPF's web site.

Your support:

  • Helps ICPF maintain its work with colleges and universities, and expand its outreach to students.
  • Helps ICPF maintain and expand its initiatives, like its annual careers in corrugated interactive teleconferences, student design competitions, student dialogue dinners, career portal and corrugated career LinkedIn Network . 
  • Helps ICPF develop new recruiting products to reach students from multiple educational backgrounds to promote the diverse careers in the corrugated industry.
  • Helps ICPF maintain its work to match students and upcoming graduates to student internship and full time openings in the corrugated packaging & displays industry.
If you are struggling to find talented people, you have a greater stake in ICPF's success than you may realize. Your company's financial support will further enable ICPF's work to directly assist you in securing student interns and new graduates to meet your succession planning. .

We welcome and need your support.

For information on how to become an  ICPF Corporate Partner, contact ICPF at or call 703.549.8580.

Each year the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) conducts an interactive Teleconference on the Business of Corrugated Packaging & Displays and the Career Opportunities for packaging, graphic design, marketing & sales, business, engineering, supply chain and related students from colleges and universities across North America. Corrugated packaging & displays industry executives present topics of interest to students and faculty, and answer questions from the 450 - 500 students participating from 18 to 20 remote campuses. The Teleconferences are moderated by recent graduates or student interns from ICPF partner universities who were prepared and recruited to the corrugated packaging & displays industry through ICPF's resources. The Teleconference is not a webinar, but an actual, interactive video broadcast utilizing PBS producers and studios in East Lansing, Michigan. The two hour conference also includes the live  "Best of the Best" student design presentation competition with cash awards to competing student teams.

The evening before the Teleconference, ICPF hosts its annual student / executive dialogue dinner where top students join the Teleconference speakers and local industry executives for dinner to learn more about corrugated packaging & display industry careers.

Faculty are encouraged to contact or call 703.549.8580 for participation information for next year's teleconference. If you are a student who wishes to participate in the Student Dialogue Dinner or the Teleconference, contact or call ICPF at the number above.

2020 Teleconference on the Business of Corrugated Packaging & Displays
ICPF's upcoming interactive Teleconference on The Business of Corrugated Packaging & Displays and the Career Opportunities is scheduled for February 27, 2020. Students and faculty can learn more about "The Business of Corrugated Packaging & Displays" including the business side of corrugated, it’s unique sustainability and career opportunities. Click Here for the 2020 program.

Past Teleconferences
Click below to watch the videos from recent Teleconferences.

Several of the conference topics covered during the Teleconference on the Business of Corrugated Packaging & displays have included the latest innovations and sustainability advances in the corrugated packaging industry; the latest digital printing technology; the diverse and challenging careers in corrugated packaging & displays; marketing and sales careers within the industry; innovations in corrugated structures and graphic design; and the anticipated future for the corrugated packaging industry. ICPF encourages packaging, graphic design, marketing & sales, supply chain management, engineering, business and related students to participate in the next interactive Teleconference. For more information, email ICPF at