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US Foods INTERN - COBOL Programmer (VIRTUAL) in Rosemont, Illinois

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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; and have an opportunity to deliver an end-of-summer presentation to showcase their accomplishments with key business leaders.

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.


With direct supervision and oversight, the intern position provides exposure and opportunity to investigate a career, gain business knowledge and practical application of COBOL programming and mainframe development within the food distribution industry.

US Foods is seeking a talented Cobol/Mainframe Intern to assist the team. The ideal candidate will have experience in writing and compiling COBOL programs. The candidate should also be familiar with JCL.

A number of projects will be assigned to develop the intern’s skills in COBOL/Mainframe applications. Opportunities include customer and employee order entry, warehouse distribution and purchasing applications. We currently use COBOL programming language in our IBM and Tandem Legacy environments.


  • Codes, tests, debug, implements, and documents moderately complex programs.

  • Creates appropriate documentation in work assignments such as program code, and technical documentation.

  • Works with other department members to build programs to meet business needs.

  • Gathers information from existing systems, analyzes program and time requirements.

  • Designs programs for projects or enhancements to existing programs.

  • Assists support and/or project personnel in resolving program issues.

  • Works with supervisor to resolve issues and validate programming requirements within their areas of responsibility.

  • Develops unit test plans to verify logic of new or modified programs.

  • Follow Agile methodology and participate in SCRUM meetings.

  • Communicates effectively (both written and verbal) with excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills.


  • Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Information Science or related area of study

  • Must be enrolled in school during time of internship

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

  • Coursework in COBOL programming


  • Coursework or experience in system analysis and structured programming

  • Coursework or skill in JCL coding

  • Coursework or experience in SOA and other programming languages like Java

Please note: we are not able to provide internships to students that require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B visa status).

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


We're continually updating our safety procedures and taking every measure to ensure the protection of our candidates, associates and customers. Our workplace safety efforts include using sanitized interview rooms, social distancing, providing masks and gloves and sanitizing truck cab interiors. We also have COVID-19 Wellness Checks for anyone entering our facilities and safety barriers in select locations in our production facilities. To help our customers make it in this challenging time, we’re providing robust support including webinars, one-on-one consults with our experts and detailed reopening materials.

US Foods is proud to have donated $10 million in food to help with COVID-19 relief efforts to help our local communities make it. Learn more here ( .

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 300,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With 28,000 employees and more than 70 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and generates more than $28 billion in annual revenue. Visit to learn more.

US Foods may collect personal information from you in connection with the application process. US Foods complies with the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, and its policy may be found here ( .

US Foods, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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