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Students & Early Careers at Nestlé

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Accelerate Your Career at Nestlé
Define your purpose, explore your dreams, launch your tomorrow

Our goal of growing global impact and leadership requires a focus on helping people of all ages gain work experience and strengthen their professional development skills beyond the classroom. All of our operating companies have several programs designed to provide enriching, professional experiences for students and recent graduates.

Our Programs
Internships

Opportunities for current undergraduate and graduate students that combine technical education with applied work experience in a specific career field.

Management Development Programs

Opportunities to develop essential leadership skills within key disciplines through comprehensive rotational, interactive, and strategically integrated roles.

Apprenticeship Programs

Opportunities to develop your career in manufacturing through a combination of on-the-job training and coursework-based learning

Internships
A summer of opportunity

As an intern, you’ll combine technical education with applied work experience in your chosen career field. You’ll take on impactful real-world projects, build your presentation skills, strengthen your analytical and leadership abilities, and meet other students from across the country.

Bring everything you’ve learned in the classroom into the real world with an immersive internship experience. Contribute to actual Nestlé USA projects, learn from accomplished mentors, and gain food industry knowledge that you can call upon for years to come.

The ideal candidate:

  • Students who are eager to take on complex challenges and demonstrate tenacity and perseverance. Real world problem solvers with a willingness to roll up their sleeves and get the job done.
  • Rising sophomores or juniors currently pursuing an undergraduate degree, or, currently enrolled as a first year MBA student.
  • Able to work 10 – 12 weeks consistently across the duration of the summer.
  • Openness to relocate to headquarter, field, or manufacturing facilities across the United States.

Opportunities in:

  • Finance
  • Sales
  • Marketing (Available to MBA First Years)
  • Legal (Available to 1L)
  • Sensory*
  • Human Resources**

*Nestlé Health Science program

**Gerber program

You’ll do with us what you simply can’t experience in the classroom.

As an intern, you’ll spend an immersive 12 weeks contributing to real projects and making an impact with a premier global manufacturer of pet products. If your full potential could be unleashed, what would you add to the mix?

The ideal candidate:

  • Enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program in a related field of study
  • Able to work 12 consecutive weeks during the summer

Opportunities in:

  • Audit

The ideal candidate:

  • Currently enrolled in a 4-year BA/BS program at an accredited college
  • Has authorization to work in the US
  • Available to complete an 11-week program
  • Strong Interpersonal and organizational skills with the ability to navigate an ambiguous environment
  • Professional goals aligned with Nestlé Nespresso core values and objectives
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills

Opportunities in:

  • Marketing/PR
  • Retail Operations
  • Finance
  • HR
  • TQM
  • Supply Chain
  • IT
Nestlé employee
Leah, Nestlé USA
Leah, Nestlé USA

“My Nestlé USA internship taught me how finance can work together with safety, quality, maintenance, and agriculture—all important pieces of the business. I learned from supportive people who made me feel like a valuable contributor to the Nestlé team, and I would recommend the opportunity to any peer interested in learning about the increasingly cross functional world of finance.”

nestle purina intern
Savannah, Nestlé Purina
Savannah, Nestlé Purina

“Nestlé Purina is so much more than a workplace. The people here truly care about you and want to help you succeed in your career. Nestlé Purina has so many incredible programs for leadership and personal development, work-life balance, and more.”

Nestlé employee
Justin, Nespresso
Justin, Nespresso

“The opportunity Nestlé Nespresso offered me this past summer was more than I could have ever imagined. I began the program with a full week of company background and introductions, allowing me to grasp how the company operates along with meeting the most important people within the company.”

Nestlé employee
Alex, Nestlé USA
Alex, Nestlé USA

“Interning at Nestlé was the perfect segue into my full-time job. I got to complete my very own project, while exploring the professional world, and having fun with my team! Thanks to my internship experience, I have a better network, stronger collaboration skills, and more confidence in my role at Nestlé today.”

purina intern
Tess, Nestlé Purina
Tess, Nestlé Purina

“Nestlé’s programs helped me to gain confidence in my filed and feel ready for a full-time job. I gained connections within the business and had the opportunity to work on real-world projects that were exciting and meaningful. These programs are important because they allow students to have practical, hands-on experiences and learn how to apply their knowledge outside of the classroom.”

Management Development Programs
An immersive rotational experience

As a participant, you will train through a rotational style program in your assigned learning hub. Upon successful completion you will be deployed into a leadership position with one of our operating companies. Willingness to relocate within the United States is required of all Leadership Development Program participants.

Accelerate your career with an opportunity to elevate your skills and knowledge. Learn what it takes to be a member of our management team. Thrive within a rotational program that will make the most of your ideas and initiative as you create the career you’ve always wanted.

The ideal candidate:

  • Students who are eager to take on complex challenges and demonstrate tenacity and perseverance. Real world problem solvers with a willingness to roll up their sleeves and get the job done
  • Self-disrupting and seeks out opportunities to drive change within the organization through creative solutions
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate degree by the start of the program

Openness to relocate to headquarter, field, or manufacturing facilities across the United States

Our Management Development Associate positions are designed to accelerate you to management in manufacturing—the heartbeat of our business. You’ll have a tailored to you experience to learn the end-to-end operations of our factories while developing essential leadership skills within your discipline.

The ideal candidate:

  • Is open to relocation to one or more of our 21 facilities across the U.S.
  • Will have attained a bachelor’s degree in a related field of study prior to starting the program
development program participant
Jason, Nestlé USA
Jason, Nestlé USA

“Nestlé is the ideal place to set the foundation for your career. Being part of the Finance Management Trainee program offers me a wide range opportunities within one company. There are not many organizations that could have taught me how to be this successful out of college.”

development program participant
Catherine, Nestlé Purina
Catherine, Nestlé Purina

“Through the training process and culture of learning Purina promotes, I am now completely comfortable in a manufacturing environment, am able to speak intelligently about most of our equipment, and am able to work with my teams to drive improvements.”

development program participant
Bryton, Nestlé USA
Bryton, Nestlé USA

“Through the Nestlé Coffee Partners Rotational Development Program, I was encouraged to fail fast, learn quickly, and bring my unique perspective to the business. I’ve come out of the program with a network of people, coffee passion, and the personal and professional development that empowers me to conquer whatever each day throws at me!”

development program participant
Scott, Nestlé Purina
Scott, Nestlé Purina

“Since the beginning of my tenure with Nestlé Purina, the company has invested so much in me. For over a year, the company has allowed me to learn and gain such a detailed understanding of the business, from manufacturing, to plan logistics, to corporate supply chain.”

development program participant
Arianna, Nestlé USA
Arianna, Nestlé USA

“Nestlé Coffee Partners has crafted an incredible Rotational Development Program that I am so grateful has launched my career. All three rotations have each had their own focus, but ultimately contribute to a holistic understanding of the business…The exposure to cross functional partners, leaders and business driving projects has been instrumental in my development.”

Apprenticeship Programs
A skill-building opportunity

Earn as you learn as a Nestlé apprentice. As a participant, you'll develop new work-place relevant skills and gain mentorship in your chosen Manufacturing career field. Upon successful completion of this 2 or 3-year program, you will be prepared to perform roles as a world-class technician.

Our Apprenticeship Programs are a combination of paid work experience and on-the-job mentorship that will get you ready for a successful career. The programs focus on the development of soft skills and professionalism, which complement a core technical curriculum.  ​

The ideal candidate: ​

  • Eagerness to learn ​
  • Individuals who embrace our Ways of Winning ​
  • Comfortable working in a manufacturing environment and collaborating with employees out on the floor ​
  • Has the willingness to put in the hours and dedicate the time to their education ​
  • Has a “fail forward” mentality that motivates them to receive feedback and take action ​

We partner with local colleges and the Department of Labor to create and register our Apprenticeship Programs.  ​

​Current Programs:​

  • Advanced Manufacturing Technician​
  • Electromechanical Technician​
  • Electrical & Automation Technician​
  • Maintenance Technician ​
  • Process Controls​
  • Refrigeration Technician​

We are expanding apprenticeship opportunities within Supply Chain to include skilled operators, and our first-ever professional and managerial level apprenticeships.​

Coming Soon: (2022)​

  • Customer Service Associate​
  • Shipping and Receiving Workflow Coordinator​
  • Transportation Coordinator​
  • Warehouse Operator​
  • Warehouse Supervisor
apprentices

“The Apprentice Program is the way to help this area, which is greatly in need of Industrial Technicians. While helping the geographical area, it is also helping me to further my education and better myself within the company.” - Eugene, Jonesboro Factory


​“The Nestlé Maintenance Apprenticeship program is an excellent example of how Nestlé is moving forward with their non-stop strive for continuous excellence. This program is perfect for this area where industrial technicians are in demand and people like myself seek the opportunity to learn the trade and grow with the organization.”​ - Eric, Jonesboro Factory


“It is important to develop talent from inside the business with individuals already familiar with the goals and qualities it takes to succeed at Nestlé. The apprenticeship program gave me the opportunity to challenge myself and develop a new skill set for my career." - William, Anderson Factory


“I think it is essential to any business to foster the advancement of their employees and get them ready for the ‘next step,’ it really is the only way to retain high caliber employees and a very good way to develop new ones. I am taking advantage of the apprenticeship program to further my knowledge and experience to leverage my skills in the future to do even bigger things at Nestlé.”​ - Matt, Anderson Factory

Nestlé Stories: Jessica
All In From the First Run: A Pole Vaulter Takes on a New Professional Challenge

Jessica first interned with Nestlé in the summer of 2019 as a Sales Intern, and returned in 2020 as a Commercial Development Intern supporting Nestlé’s Baking Division. Learn how her experience in pole vaulting helped her embrace a spirit of ‘going all in.’

Nestlé’s Diversity Leadership Symposium

Nestlé’s Diversity Leadership Symposium (DLS) is an annual career accelerator program designed specifically for graduate and undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds. This 3-day event is focused on cultivating strong leadership and business skills through a variety of workshops, panel discussions, and break-out sessions focused on career pathing. It also provides a tremendous opportunity to gain exposure to life and careers at Nestlé, connect with peers from universities across the nation, and interview for internships and management development opportunities with a chance to return to school with a job offer in hand!

The 2021 Diversity Leadership Symposium was hosted in August. Sign up for our Early Careers Talent Community to be notified of when the 2022 event opens for applications!

Available Internships and Management Development Programs
Company Job Title Job Function Job ID Location(s)
Nestlé USA 2022 Nestlé USA Engineering Co-op Program Engineering, Packaging & Quality Assurance 21007834 Jacksonville, IL
Nestlé USA Nestlé USA Legal 1L Scholars Internship (Seattle, WA) Legal & Compliance 143849 Seattle, WA
Nestlé USA 2022 Nestlé USA Factory Management Development Program - Manufacturing Excellence Manufacturing & Operations 21005340 Little Chute, WI
Nestlé USA Fall 2022 Nestlé Packaging Co-Op Engineering, Packaging & Quality Assurance 21006351 Solon, OH
Nestlé USA Nestlé USA Legal 1L Scholars Internship (Solon, OH) Legal & Compliance 143846 Solon, OH
Nestlé USA 2022 Nestlé USA Marketing MBA Summer Associate Internship (Solon, OH) Marketing, Brand Management & eBusiness 21007413 Solon, OH
Nestlé USA 2022 Nestlé USA Factory Management Development Program - Supply Chain Procurement & Supply Chain 21005345 Little Chute, WI
Nestlé USA Spring 2023 Nestlé Packaging Co-Op Engineering, Packaging & Quality Assurance 21007506 Solon, OH
Nestlé USA 2022 Nestlé USA Supply Chain Co-Op Procurement & Supply Chain 21007893 Solon, OH
Nestlé Purina Pet Care Associate Veterinarian (One-year Internship) Research & Development 143387 St. Joseph, MO
Nestlé employee
Anne, Nestlé USA
Anne, Nestlé USA

“My summer internship coincided with the Covid-19 pandemic and I was extremely impressed by how swiftly and smoothly Nestlé pivoted the internship program to a virtual setting without sacrificing quality. Despite the unexpected circumstances, I was still given a challenging and impactful project in coffee innovation, and I learned a tremendous amount from my Seattle colleagues who took the time to teach and mentor me. I’m incredibly grateful for the growth I experienced and am thrilled to be continuing my Nestlé journey as a full-time employee.”

Nestlé employee
Aditi, Nestlé USA
Aditi, Nestlé USA

“Throughout the marketing development program, Nestlé has shown its commitment to new hires by establishing routes of connection for mentors, networking opportunities and professional growth. I’m able to get exposure to functions outside of marketing that has only enhanced my marketing knowledge. My mentors and manager have supported me through every step of my onboarding and day-to-day job responsibilities.”

Nestlé employee
Jeff, Nestlé USA
Jeff, Nestlé USA

“The Nestlé Sales Organization internship provided an incredible opportunity to learn about the consumer packaged goods industry, while giving me exposure to category dominant brands. The project work was fulfilling and I worked with an amazing team that really cared about my development. I created relationships with my mentors during the internship that I still maintain to this day.”

internship participant
Mikayla, Nestlé USA
Mikayla, Nestlé USA

“Nestlé’s people-centric culture is second to none. The emphasis on personal development and mentorship opportunities have prepared me for success. Nestlé and its people have your best interest in mind and will help you reach your goals while challenging you to grow with the company.”

Nestlé employee
Alyssa, Nestlé USA
Alyssa, Nestlé USA

“I am so grateful for both the professional and personal growth this program and the people in Nestlé made possible. Throughout my time in the FMDP program, I discovered a passion for an area I was unfamiliar with prior to starting with Nestle. I am very fortunate for the opportunities, relationships, and experiences thus far!”

Nestlé employee
Peter, Nestlé USA
Peter, Nestlé USA

“My factory internship provided me with critical financial skills translatable to my college academics & future financial roles. The ability to work cross-functionally and collaborate with multiple factory work groups gave me the opportunity to drive critical cost improvements and evolve my own communication skills. I’d strongly recommend the Finance & Accounting internship with Nestlé as it’s a great opportunity to learn, add lasting value to the company, and network out to a large finance organization devoted to fostering creativity & dynamic ways of winning. The program encourages interns to be curious, challenge the status quo, and drive change, which is as unique and rewarding of an internship experience there is available.”

internship participant
Abigail, Nestlé USA
Abigail, Nestlé USA

“Nestle USA’s Factory Management Development Program offers a fast paced learning environment to prepare you to become a manager within about 2 years of starting the program. No other company that I researched has such an efficient and effective management training program. The program allows you to get so much exposure to every function within the factory, as well as exposure to top executives in Nestlé.”

internship participant
Kristen, Nestlé Health Science
Kristen, Nestlé Health Science

“I never imagined I would get to combine my passions for health and wellness and social media to create digital marketing strategies that will impact consumers' lives. My Nestlé internship allowed me to get hands-on experience using social listening tools to uncover untapped consumer insights. It's such a joy to have role models who show me what's possible, fuel my passion for marketing, and restore my belief in my abilities. I know I have become a stronger, more well-rounded, future marketer thanks to the Nestlé internship program.”

Nestlé employee
Latia, Nestlé USA
Latia, Nestlé USA

 “Words could never express my appreciation for Nestlé and the Supply Chain Development Program, but I’ll try my best. From DLS to being officially a part of the Nestlé Family, I have witnessed continued investment in myself and other employees. Extremely grateful for the professional and personal growth opportunities, exposure to cross functional partners, and the challenges presented by manager/colleagues to promote my growth, professionally and personally. Being a part of a diverse and inclusive culture while doing what I love for work is the definition of a top tier experience/opportunity.”