In a member-driven service association, we know that without dedicated, talented and thoughtful people, we cannot be the organization we aspire to be.
We are committed to maintaining a culture of diversity, integrity and strong business principles.
IFPA is looking for talented, career-focused individuals to join our organization. If you are seeking a challenging and rewarding position that will allow you to pursue your career goals while becoming a valuable member of our team, consider a career with us.
IFPA is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity. It is our policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote individuals, as well as to administer personnel practices and actions, without regard to race, genetic information, marital status, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation or disability, as well as other classifications protected by applicable laws.
For questions about employment opportunities at International Fresh Produce Association, contact Sherif Kamel, IFPA Director, HR & OD, at SKamel@freshproduce.com.
IFPA is committed to cultivating and sustaining a diverse work environment. To be the best association, and to continue to provide our members with creative ideas and business solutions for operating effectively in a complex global economy, we must have the right mix of people. The people we hire can be found only by looking across the full spectrum of gender, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, culture and level of physical ability. For our employees to excel, everyone must feel that their experience is welcomed and valued and that input from all perspectives is encouraged.
Commitment to Work-Life Balance
At IFPA, we understand that finding the right balance between home and career is not an easy task.
Our many work-life programs respond to the needs of our employees and accordingly, they address physical and emotional health, working parent and family concerns and general needs for increased flexibility in order to navigate the different spheres of life. Some of our programs include:
- Onsite Fitness Center
- Employee Assistance Program
- Onsite Kitchen
- Flexible Work/Compressed Schedule Arrangements
- Telework/Remote Office Opportunities
The Career Pathways Summer Internship Program offers experiential learning extension opportunities, beyond the traditional classroom, to create a pathway from collegiate to professional careers.
Internships prioritize direct interaction with industry professionals and support the development of leadership skills and competencies to encourage students to persist in their studies and be prepared to enter the workforce.
Twelve paid, 10-week project-based internships will explore subjects relevant to students' academic studies through hands-on experience with IFPA and the produce industry. There are three available internships in each of these four areas:
- Food Safety Internship supporting the IFPA Food Safety team. Interns will gain firsthand experience as to how federal food safety policy is developed, how foodborne illness outbreaks are handled, and how science and education promote an industry of risk-based preventive approaches.
- Sustainability and SciTech Internship supporting the IFPA Science and Technology unit. Interns will gain firsthand experience of industry sustainability issues, science and technology solutions, regulatory and legislative policies, public and private investment, and related issues impacting industry sustainability.
- Research and Analytics Internship supporting the IFPA Insights and Analytics unit. Interns will gain firsthand experience in conducting research on industry and consumer trends, disseminating research findings to internal and external stakeholders, including industry members, allied industry partners, government and regulatory agencies, and more, to inform and publish research findings, development of technical and education information and programs, and guide industry practices.
- Government, Environmental and Nutrition Policy Internship supporting the IFPA Government Relations team. Interns will gain hands-on experience on regulatory and legislative practices affecting the industry and consumers.
- Must be an undergraduate student (Junior or Senior) in a degree program at an accredited college or university in good standing and be eligible to work in the United States.
- Pursuing a degree in a related discipline e.g., food science, data science, agriculture, environmental science or policy, political science, public administration, or a related field from an accredited institution of higher learning.
- Able to function in a collaborative work environment and independently.
- Possess excellent communication skills both orally and written to internal and external audiences.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
Stipend / Internship Hours and Duration
- Interns will receive $22.00/hour.
- The in-person orientation and wrap-up weeks are on-site at IFPA offices, and the project work is done online.
- All travel/hotel/meal expenses associated with the program are covered, as is a laptop and internet service for those who need it.
- Internships begin the week of May 23 and are completed July 29, 2022.
- Projects require 20 hours per week for completion.
- Attendance at in-person Orientation (prior to) and Wrap Up Session (after project work) are mandatory.
- Applications will be accepted Monday, January 17 through Friday, February 25.
Email IFPA your resume, cover letter (include which internship interests you), and recommendation letter from faculty member.
For questions about this opportunity, email Barbara Hochman, Education & Programs Manager, Talent Attraction, at email@example.com.