Academy of Food Marketing Co-op
What Is the Food Marketing Co-op?
The Food Marketing Co-op program allows you to alternate periods of classroom study with paid employment in the food and allied industries. By the time you graduate, the co-op program can provide up to 12 months of paid work experience with two separate work placements, which will help you stand out when applying for jobs after graduation.
The job market is extremely competitive today, and an undergraduate degree may not be enough to land you your dream job. Employers are looking for exceptional candidates who have on-the-job experience as well as a great education. They are looking for candidates who can hit the ground running when beginning a job without requiring extensive training, and a co-op will equip you with the skills needed to do so.
- Brand/product management
- Market research
- Account management
- Sales representatives
- International marketers
If you have any questions, please contact Mimi Null at 610-660-1601 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Join a Food Marketing Co-op?
There are numerous advantages to joining the food marketing co-op program:
- Applied learning in a project-based program.
- Paid work experiences (earn approximately $30,000).
- Work with corporate teams on meaningful projects.
- Exposure to multiple companies and categories including consumer packaged goods companies and retail (from marketing to supply chain).
- Develop a personal network of valuable industry contacts
- Increases learning potential.
- Provides a pathway to employment.
- Gain a competitive advantage with an advanced resumé & interviewing skills.
Typical Co-Op Work Schedule
|Freshman||5 courses||5 courses||4 or 5 courses|
|Sophomore||Work||5 courses||4 or 5 courses|
|Junior||5 courses||Work||Work (through June)|
|Senior||5 courses||5 courses|
Tuition, Housing and Financial Aid
While students are on co-op semesters:
- They are considered full-time students.
- Stay in on-campus housing or move off-campus during work assignments.
- Summer semesters last 9 weeks (ending in mid-July), 4 days/week (M-TH).
- Co-op students pay the same eight-semester tuition as non-co-op students.
- Co-op rarely impacts financial aid packages negatively.
Participating Co-op Employers
The following companies represent only a partial list; a full list is available upon request.
- Bayer Healthcare
- Bimbo Bakeries USA
- BJ’s Wholesale Club
- C&S Wholesale Grocers
- Dietz & Watson
- Giant Foods
- The Hershey Company Hormel Foods
- Johnson & Johnson
- Key Foods
- KIND Snacks
- Mars, Inc.
- Wakefern Food Corps/ ShopRite
- Weis Markets