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2021 Summer Internship Program

Quotes from Past Participants

“The tasks I was required to do had a lot of variety including filling out reports, demographic research, completing store audits, store visits and evaluations, demos and public relations, and meeting specialty food and cheese buyers in stores.“

“I was always kept busy with stimulating work throughout my time. I was given various real world tasks such as being a project manager and an organizer for a promotional plan. When I was given projects, I was also allowed to work on my own and was not micromanaged.”

“I found my internship experience to be incredibly beneficial to my understanding of how sales and marketing work in the specialty foods industry. Every single day gave me hands-on experience talking to deli managers and promoting our cheeses or selling new products.”

College Students in their Sophomore or Junior Year are Eligible to Apply for Internships.

The Cheese Importers Association of America Qualified Importer Program (CIAA QIP) is sponsoring summer internships to introduce students to careers in the Cheese Importing Industry, including the marketing, supply and distribution of imported specialty cheeses.

As a CIAA intern, you will develop skills in leadership and communications, help create and develop marketing strategies, and conduct research and analysis. You will be exposed to the day to day operations of a cheese importing firm and develop an understanding of all facets of the internal supply chain, including logistics, warehousing, transportation and order revenue management. Outstanding candidates that are admitted to the program will be placed with premier cheese importing firms for a 10 week period during the summer months.

Accepted candidates will receive a $600.00 weekly stipend. In most cases, students are responsible for their own housing. Do not miss out on an incredible internship experience that will expand your knowledge of specialty cheeses and expose you to the daily management of a premier cheese importing firm. Placements are limited; apply now before all positions are filled.

View the Internship Flyer.
View job descriptions available in 2021.


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