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75 Associates

The average number of full-time associates and summer interns we hire each year in North America.

20 Universities & Colleges

The number of schools we hired from during the 2018-2019 college season in North America

14 Businesses

The number of Sonoco business units that look to hire into their programs


Percentage of our Leadership Team who came from our intern or training program(s).

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Emerging Leaders Program

The Sonoco Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is for students either seeking a summer "intern" position or a full-time opportunity. Each Sonoco division has a uniqueness about them, but each one has a program that is designed and guided by the same core competencies; Technical Skills, Leadership Training, Business Insights and Cultural Integration. We have opportunities across functions such as Manufacturing & Operations, Research & Development, Accounting & Finance, Supply Chain Management and Sales.

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Full-Time Associates: Your career journey begins here.

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) look similar but different depending on what business unit you join. Your title may be a Manufacturing Associate, Rotational Finance Analyst, Supply Chain Associate, Sales Associate or even an R&D or Technical Engineer.

The core of the program remains the same. The programs typically last 12-18 months where you'll develop your skills by working on impactful projects in focused areas such as Safety, Budgeting, Mentorship, Accountability, Risk Taking, Communication, Collaboration and Innovation. 

We provide medical benefits, retirement benefits, relocation assistance and much more!

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Internships: Try us out for the summer.

Our Internship Program is designed to be a stepping stone into a full-time associate role in the ELP. Our programs last approximately 12 weeks and you'll do similar work to full-time associates, but on a shortened timeline. We assist with housing and relocation costs, because we know college students have a tight budget.

We'll provide opportunities through the summer to connect and engage with other summer associates across the company as well as senior leaders, either through our annual Summer Event, or through connecting you to our Diversity & Unity resource groups. 

Each of our divisions use this time to 'test the waters' with the hope that you head back to campus with another offer in hand!

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Upcoming Events

Whether it's a career fair, information session, networking event or club/organization meeting, we want to meet you! 

No current upcoming events, check back at a later date. 

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Who We Hire: Manufacturing in a Lean Industry.

We value all perspectives and backgrounds, and look for qualities and characteristics that fit the Sonoco culture first and foremost. However, there are specific majors that tend to fit our needs better than others. Don't see your major listed? That's okay, still check out our openings to see if you might fit a specific role. 

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Have a Question? We have the Answers!

1. What is Sonoco's Emerging Leaders Program (ELP)? 

The Emerging Leaders Program is designed for college students or graduates to gain the skills and experience they need to quick start their career. There are two types of positions within the Emerging Leaders Program, summer internships and full-time opportunities. Open positions vary each year when it comes to departments and divisions.


2. What sets our program apart from others?


Our Emerging Leaders Program has been around for over 40 years! Our program is not only project-based but extremely hands-on, giving participants the opportunity to take what's been learned in the classroom and former internships and apply it to real world business situations. Our ELP participants have the chance to make true impacts from day one. 

Every person in the program will have opportunities to become experienced in the following areas: 

  • Leadership Training
  • Various technical skills based on the area of focus
  • Business Insights
  • Cultural Integration

Former ELP members have continued to thrive with Sonoco and have progressed to a variety of positions including Plant Managers, Financial Analysts, Account Development Engineers, and more! Many of our current Sonoco leaders began their journey as part of the Emerging Leaders Program.  


3. Where will I be located? 


Locations of openings vary each year. Some positions are located at our global headquarters in Hartsville, SC, while some positions are in our other U.S. locations including, but not limited to, Chicago, Memphis, and Orlando. The job postings which are available to view in August, show specific location details. We also assist with relocation costs.

4. Do interns get paid? 

The answer is YES! All internships are paid and we also help with a summer housing allowance.

5. What does the timeline look like? 

Applications for intern and full-time associate positions are available starting in August each year and can be completed online. We are looking for December or May graduates for open full-time associate positions, which will start in January or June the following year. Summer internship positions typically run from May - August.

6. Who can I contact if I have specific questions about Sonoco's ELP?  

Sonoco's University Relations Coordinator is here to help!

For questions, send us an email!
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Career Fairs & Beyond.

To support our 160+ operations in North America, we host or attend 60+ campus events every fall season. Some of the schools we attend include the University of South Carolina, Clemson University, Michigan State University, The Citadel, NC State, University of Tennessee, and many more throughout the entire United States!

We host virtual events throughout the year for college students to attend on a variety of informative topics. We also attend virtual college career fairs.

Check out the "Upcoming Events" tab above for event specific details and pre-registration links!

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Hear their stories.

One core piece of our culture is Development. The Emerging Leaders Program is designed to train you to grow as a future leader by providing you the opportunity to acquire new skills, work in teams, and lead projects. The exposure and experiences your receive are the catalyst to your growth.

Want to know more about the projects you can work on? Hear it from current and former summer and full-time associates.

Meet the Sonoco Recruiting team.

  • Sonoco Employee

    Kelly H.

    Manager, Global Talent Management
    Alma Mater: Francis Marion University

  • Sonoco Employee

    Nia R.

    University Relations Leadership and Diversity Programs Manager
    Alma Mater: Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

  • Sonoco Employee

    Jessica S.

    Employer Brand & University Relations Coordinator
    Alma Mater: Coker University

  • Sonoco Employee

    Erin J.

    Talent Acquisition Business Partner
    Alma Mater: Clemson University

  • Greg T.

    Talent Acquisition Business Partner
    Alma Mater: The University of Alabama

  • Sonoco Employee

    Claibourne R.

    Talent Acquisition Business Partner
    Alma Mater: Coastal Carolina University

  • Sonoco Employee

    Josh I.

    Talent Acquisition Business Partner
    Alma Mater: Point Park University

  • Sonoco Employee

    Madison W.

    Talent Acquisition Business Partner
    Alma Mater: University of Houston