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

Job Description:

Basic Purpose-

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


About the US Foods Summer Intern Program

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.

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.

# EOE Race/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Protected Veteran/Disability Status  

Hours: Full time (40 hours per week) during the summer (10-12 weeks); possible future part-time opportunities (16-24 hours per week) during the school year, dependent upon current critical business needs and overall performance.

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

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • 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
  • 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


Basic Requirements:

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

Additional Requirements:

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

Preferred Skills:

  • Tableau software, Visio
  • Statistics packages such as Minitab
  • Continuous Improvement/Lean Six Sigma
  • Previous internship in distribution setting (warehouse and/or transportation)
  • Exposure to Esri

Physical Requirements:

Job requires worker to:

Sit 60%

Stand 20%

Walk 20%

Drive 0%

Job requires worker to lift:

50-100 lbs. (Heavy) 0%

Job requires worker to carry:

25-50 lbs. (Medium) 0%


Less than 10%

Primary Location: Rosemont-IL

Schedule: Full-time Shift: Day Job

Job Function: Office/Clerical

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Travel: No