US Foods Intern - Supply Chain - Transportation Optimization in Rosemont, Illinois

Job Description:

Basic Purpose-

With direct supervision and oversight this position provides exposure and opportunity to investigate a career and gain business knowledge and practical application of a specific function within the food distribution industry.



The US Foods Summer Internship Program provides a forum for students to apply classroom skills and academic training in a real world business environment. In addition to being assigned business-impacting projects throughout the summer, students will be matched with a manager who will meet with them on a regular basis to provide direction on assignments as well as deliver performance feedback and a mentor who will be available to offer day-to-day guidance and support.

Embracing the organization’s core values, the US Foods Summer Internship Program Mission is to TEAM UP to build a supportive learning environment where we TALK STRAIGHT about performance development by delivering constructive feedback and positive reinforcement to deliver SECOND TO NONE program experiences to those students who spend their summers with us.

Interns will also get exposure to US Foods executive leadership; have an opportunity to participate in learning and social events with other interns across business functions within our Corporate HQ; and have an opportunity to deliver an end of summer presentation to showcase their accomplishments with key business leaders. Dependent upon critical business needs and overall performance during the summer, there may be opportunities for students to continue working as a part-time intern during the school year.

US Foods internships are full-time paid positions (40 hours per week from May - August) with the possibility of transitioning to a full-time position post-graduation dependent on availability and overall performance.


  • Provide day-to-day support to the Transportation/Route Optimization group

  • Perform intermediate to advanced data collection and analysis using MS Access/Excel

  • Create mathematical models using appropriate techniques (such as heuristics) and leveraging secondary and tertiary data

  • Develop forward-thinking tools to support operations (Microsoft PowerApps, Tableau dashboards, Macro-enabled reports, etc.)

  • Manage technical projects and initiatives to deliver targeted cost savings

  • Cross-functional collaboration with other departments (Operations, Safety, Quality, Warehouse, IT, etc.)

  • Map out processes and conduct root-cause analyses by applying Lean Six Sigma methodologies

  • Formally present recommendations and findings to senior management

Please note: We are unable to provide internships to students that require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B visa status). Candidates who possess the unqualified right to work in the United States are eligible to apply.

Local candidates are encouraged to apply. For qualified students whose permanent home of record is located outside 50 miles from US Foods Corporate HQ, a stipend will be offered to partially offset housing costs for the summer.

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  • Currently pursuing a 4-year degree at an accredited institution, preferably with completed coursework related to Supply Chain Management, Mathematics/Statistics, Engineering or Computer Science

  • Typically, students currently between their Junior and Senior years or between their 1st and 2nd years of graduate school will be considered for internships

  • High proficiency in Microsoft Access, Excel and PowerPoint

  • Solid foundation in Mathematics and Statistics

  • Data mining; Visual Basic/SQL programming

  • Good verbal and writing skills

  • Ability to learn quickly and work independently with little supervision


  • Must have regular, reliable method of transportation to commute to US Foods’ location


  • Tableau and Microsoft PowerApps

  • Statistics packages such as Minitab

  • Continuous Improvement/Lean Six Sigma

  • Previous internship in distribution setting (warehouse and/or transportation)

  • Exposure to Roadnet and/or Lllamasoft software



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Looking for a well-rounded individual possessing excellent personal and technical skills with a strong desire to gain experience in Supply Chain/Network Optimization

Primary Location: Rosemont-IL

Schedule: Full-time Shift: Day Job

Job Function: Office/Clerical

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Travel: No