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AFE Business Internship Program: Bringing top talent to the floral industry

The American Floral Endowment is in its third year of aiming to attract young business professionals to the world of flowers through its Business Internship Program, according to a news release.

An Employer Resource Guide that was created to help companies build a successful internship program is also available, with easy-to-use guidelines and steps to create meaningful learning experiences for the next generation of business leaders. Now’s your chance to host an intern and help eager students contribute to your organization and the floral industry.

With support from participating industry organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada, students will gain practical business experience and develop essential skills to help the floral industry prosper. Open to manufacturers, wholesalers/suppliers, retail floral shops, importers and growing operations, AFE will provide host employers with full-time interns in the following business-related areas:

Management

Accounting

Marketing/Communications

Information Technology

Sales

Analytics

Logistics

Digital Marketing

Graphic Design/Creative

Human Resources

Paid internships will range from 10 weeks to 12 weeks and provide juniors, seniors, and graduate students with exciting learning opportunities within the expanding floral industry. After successful completion of an internship, students can qualify for one of four annual $2,500 scholarships.

The internship program was established in 2015 by a significant contribution from Del Demaree, chairman at Syndicate Sales and past AFE chairman, who has more than 60 years of experience in the floral industry.

To become a potential host employer and download the Employer Resource Guide, visit www.endowment.org/biz.