Posted: February 13, 2018

The Confectionery Foundation announces Next Generation program & Career Fair at Sweets & Snacks Expo 2018. College students interested in learning more about working in the confectionery industry are invited to apply for the Next Generation program at the National Confectioners Association Sweets & Snacks Expo on May 23, 2018 in Chicago.

Food Science, Business, Marketing, Engineering, Chemistry, Nutrition, Computer Science or Technology majors as well as FIRST Robotics alumni, are encouraged to apply. This valuable career-immersion day allows selected students to gain an understanding of industry segments and career paths by meeting with mentors and visiting with some of the more than 750 companies exhibiting.
Applicants for this limited invitation should be:

  • aged 20 - 30 years
  • currently enrolled in an educational degree program at a public or private college/university
  • seeking a career in the confectionery industry
  • prepared to submit a current resume and signed waiver by April 20, 2018
  • able to send an industry or academic reference
  • willing to participate in a phone or Facetime interview and a survey as part of the application and event follow-up
  • available to participate in the Next Generation program at McCormick Place from 8 am to 6 pm on Wednesday, May 23rd

How to apply:

  1. Submit the online form at (Invite code: NextGen)
  2. Email with a short note and attach your resume in pdf
  3. Respond promptly to requests for conversations and/or references
  4. If selected, send a Thank You note after the event to The Confectionery Foundation

Past participants have commented on the value of the experience. "To engage face-to-face with company executives is a very special networking and learning opportunity. The Confectionery Foundation's program at Sweets and Snacks Expo was instrumental in shaping my career path."

2018 marks the seventh year of NCA's The Confectionery Foundation career education day at the annual Sweets & Snacks Expo. Student guests are responsible for their own travel.

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