Internships & Early Careers

Get rooted in a flourishing career

With over 125 years of investing in our people, serving our communities and taking care of our customers, you can rely on us to help you shape your way. Whether you're looking for an internship, co-op or early career opportunity, we are here to support you.


Our early career roles prioritize hands-on learning experiences, mentorship and challenging opportunities to aid your professional growth. And you won't be alone; many of our employees started their IP journeys as interns.

Still on the fence? Have a look around, explore our core values and mission, our commitments to diversity and sustainability, and learn more about our people and our products. 


Key Features

The benefits you'll experience

Safety First

Safety is our highest priority. Nothing is more important than the safety of our employees, contractors and visitors.

Competitive pay

All of our co-ops, internships and early career employees are compensated for their time and hard work.

Housing Assistance

No matter where your IP opportunity is located, we offer housing assistance so you can focus on learning and growing. 


In addition to hearing from IP senior leaders, you will also have the opportunity to work with an affinity of peers and other leaders.

Real Projects

Work on real-world, hands-on projects that make a difference within our company and help drive business decisions.

Full-time job offers

At IP, we invest in our people. Many of our interns and co-ops receive a full-time job offer after graduation.

Internships & Programs

Explore Opportunities

  • Finance

    Our Finance internships and career path will help you gain essential finance, analytical and leadership development skills. 


    Areas of Focus

    Manufacturing Finance – Industrial Packaging; Global Cellulose Fibers

    Corporate Finance – Audit; Corporate Accounting; Credit; Data Analytics and Robotics; FP&A; Global Operations; Investments; Investor Relations; Tax and Treasury


    Finance Career

    The FORUM Program is designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge of our innovative global finance processes by:

    • Focusing on leadership, development, service and fellowship

    • Enabling you to gain exposure to various departments and businesses 

    • Providing networking opportunities with peers and senior leaders 

    • Equipping early career professionals with tools and a blended learning approach to help you plan your career path

  • Fiber Supply

    Our Fiber Supply internships and career path will help you advance IP’s commitment to sustainability through responsible sourcing, supplier management and inventory planning for fiber raw materials.


    Opportunities within Fiber Supply

    Sustainability and Fiber Certification; Fiber Quality; Finance and Operations; Safety


    Fiber Supply Career

    The Fiber Supply Associate (FSA) Development Matrix helps you grow the skills you need to successfully take on a wide range of responsibilities in Fiber Supply. 

    • Build and maintain supplier relationships

    • Negotiate and procure fiber, including timber, chips, fiber fuel and recovered fiber for our mill partners

    • Learn inventory management

    • Develop professional skills, including negotiations, leadership fundamentals and lean manufacturing tools

    • Develop and support improvement projects for safety and corporate initiatives

    • Ensure environmental compliance through the use of ForSite and BMP Compliance Checks

  • Human Resources

    Our HR internships and career path will help you gain on-the-job experience performing a critical role in employee and labor relations, recruiting and developing employees.


    Areas of Focus 

    Labor and Employee Relations; Training and Development; Employee Engagement; Recruitment; HR Processes


    Human Resources Career

    Our HR Development Program is designed to develop future HR leaders by:

    • Enhancing managerial and functional skill sets

    • Increasing your understanding of the company’s businesses, markets, key customers and long-term strategies 

    • Giving you well-defined responsibilities, deliverables and projects 

    • Fostering an environment that encourages diversity of thought and experience 

    • Nurturing your ability to have an impact on the entire employee experience 

    • Providing opportunities to interact with colleagues from around the world through an annual conference and other events

  • Information Technology

    Our Information Technology internships and career path will help you build technical and leadership skills through our IT experience program and deliver innovative solutions supporting global business processes.


    Areas of Focus

    • Application Development roles are responsible for providing technical application solutions that enable IP to do business every day. Activities include consulting, technical design, development, unit testing, sustain and continuous improvement.

    • Business/Functional roles work to align processes and technologies to enhance business strategies.

    • Systems/Technical roles are found in a wide range of sustain-and-support services departments, covering areas like Help Desk Support, Hardware and Software Support, Data Center Operations and many other key service areas.

    Information Technology Career

    Our Collegiate Onboarding and Rotational Experience (CORE) Program is designed to provide college graduates with a series of experiences that will help prepare you to be a future leader in Information Technology. 

  • Manufacturing Data Analytics

    Our Manufacturing Analytics internships and careers will help you collaboratively drive best practices, innovations and processes and advance IP's operational excellence. 


    Areas of Focus

    Equipment Health; Process Health; Process Analytical Services; Equipment Reliability (Mechanical); Process Optimization in a Pulp/Paper mill, Machine Learning; Predictive Modeling


    Program Highlights

    • Work with other data scientists to create analytical tools to assist the mills with making quicker and better data-based decisions

    • Use Braincube, Power BI and other tools to develop models and insightful metrics and visuals

    • Utilize Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) to assist with root cause and failure analysis (RCFA).

    • Visit mills and other IP facilities

  • Manufacturing Engineer

    Our Manufacturing internships and career path will help you collaborate, build technical and leadership competencies, and network with peers and subject matter experts, while adding value in a manufacturing engineering role.


    Areas of Focus 

    Manufacturing Excellence; Process, Reliability, Project Engineering; Process Control; Environment, Health & Safety, and Data Analytics Tools


    Program Highlights:

    • Earn Lean Six Sigma White Belt

    • On-the-job training and online learning courses

    • Precision maintenance

    Manufacturing Career: Our REACH Program is International Paper’s early career recruiting and development program for manufacturing engineers and safety professionals. Participants are typically degreed or experienced engineers or related STEM professionals who have started their career within the last five years.

  • Packaging Design

    Our Packaging Design internships and career path will help you build the experience necessary to implement the IP Think the Customer engagement strategy. 


    Career Paths

    Structural or Graphic Designer; Lead Designer (Local or National); Design Manager


    Program Highlights

    • Leveraging hands-on development at a manufacturing facility or design center 

    • Providing opportunities to contribute to innovative packaging solutions through optimization and design collaboration 

  • Sales

    Our Sales internships and career path will help you collaborate with customers to tailor and deliver the renewable solutions they need to make their business successful.


    Areas of Focus

    Local Sales; Customer Service; National Accounts


    Program Highlights

    • Use Gantt charts to keep track of meeting deadlines for customers

    • Recover chargebacks in Payee Central

    • Survey customers to compile data for process improvements

    • Use OBA Tracking to assist customers with tracking production and warehousing 

    • Research prospective customers


    Sales Career

    Our Associate Development Program is designed to help college recruits gain experience in sales through:

    • A structured approach through hands-on exposure to the manufacturing and commercial processes

    • Project work designed to develop professional, technical and leadership skills

    • Opportunities to network and engage with senior leaders

  • Supply Chain

    Our Supply Chain internships and career path will help you gain supply chain perspective by working in procurement, sourcing, distribution planning, transportation, logistics, customer service and more.


    Program Highlights

    • Earn Lean Six Sigma White Belt

    • Receive a peer mentor, on-the-job shadowing and classroom training

    • Visit our world headquarters and manufacturing locations

    Supply Chain Career

    For the first three years, individuals will be placed in our Supply Chain University (SCU) LAUNCH program, where you will:

    • Participate in face-to-face and virtual training events

    • Visit IP manufacturing facilities to see our supply chain in action 

    • Network with supply chain leaders from across the company

    • Build a community of colleagues who are also recent college graduates


As we create products people depend on every day, your abilities will be on display for the whole world to experience.

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Our core values

Think The Customer
Include & Engage
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Vision 2030

Explore our commitment to building a better future

International Paper’s sustainability strategy is embodied in an ambitious, enterprise-wide initiative called Vision 2030, a decade-long commitment to building a better future for our company, our people and our communities.