Packaging Engineer Intern (Co-op Program) - Redwood City, CA

Job Description

Balsam Brands is seeking a Packaging Engineer student for our Redwood City, CA warehouse location. This position is responsible for providing engineering support and perspective to the sourcing department in developing product packaging. During this internship you will develop skills critical in assisting with product development. You will support various packaging materials projects and interact cross-functionally with the warehouse operations team, among others. You will assist with package and product testing, respond to packaging inquiries and document all new packaging products. You will have an opportunity to learn and contribute through teamwork with others. This position reports to the VP of Operations with close collaboration with the company CEO. This is a six-month internship starting in either January or June 2017.


  • Is a Junior student at a 4-year Packaging program

  • Related experience/course work in packaging design and engineering

What you’ll do:

  • Identify packaging issues, assist others in researching, analyzing, recommending changes to new or complex packaging challenges

  • Communicate and interpret packaging changes to employees and supervisors through written and verbal communication methods

  • Regularly use active listening skills to identify and respond to other’s needs

  • Thoroughly understand basic packaging principles; recognize more advanced flaws or potential issues

  • Gather critical requirements and research product alternatives

  • Gives input into annual planning and changes to the plan throughout the

  • Work cross-functionally to optimize packaging design

  • Problem solve using root cause analysis techniques

What you bring to the table:

  • Solid understanding of packaging test methods (ISTA and ASTM standards) as well as packaging's impact on cost drivers for product and shipping

  • Fluent in Solidworks or AutoCAD, including modeling techniques for packaging

  • Strong engineering aptitude with good hands-on skills

  • Knowledge of graphic design fundamentals

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively to management and cross-functional team members

  • Ability to work effectively in a fast paced, rapidly changing environment

  • Ability to work independently and organize/prioritize job assignments and tasks within and outside of one’s function

  • Ability to take feedback as a learning opportunity

  • Strong analytical skills Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment

About Balsam Brands: Balsam Brands is a multi-brand Ecommerce retailer with roots in holiday and home décor. We strive for excellence in everything we do and present a unique opportunity to those who are seeking to have a meaningful impact in a fast-paced, high-energy environment.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, our flagship brand, Balsam Hill is partnering with Macy’s to debut "Deck The Halls”, a wondrous float bringing the magic of Christmas to life in the 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®!

Balsam Brands is honored to be the recipient of multiple awards:

  • Forbes: America’s Best Small Companies (2016)

  • Inc. 5000: America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

  • Internet Retailer: Top 500 Retail Websites (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

  • San Francisco Business Times: Fast 100 – Fastest Growing Bay Area Companies (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

  • Silicon Valley Business Journal: 75 Fastest Growing Private Companies (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

The company's outward focus on building trusted consumer brands along with its internal focus on excellence and being a great place to work have propelled it to consistent, rapid growth.

Location: The coop will be based in Redwood City, CA.

Notes: This is a six month internship with the potential for a full-time offer after graduation. The internship could be part-time (20 hours per week) or full-time (40 hour per week). The full-time, permanent position will be located in Redwood City, CA with the opportunity to relocate to Boise, ID after 1-2 years.

Travel requirements: This position will include some travel to warehouse partners (CA-based) as well as to the Boise-based corporate office. There will be opportunity for overseas travel in the full-time permanent position.

Housing: Balsam Brands will assist in covering a portion of housing costs for the duration of the internship. We will also provide up to $500 in tuition reimbursement per semester for the internship.

Contact: Please submit cover letter and resume.

At Balsam Brands, we are dedicated to diversity in our dynamic and growing workforce and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We consider qualified applicants without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, citizenship, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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