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US Foods INTERN - Supply Chain - Logistics Network Strategy (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.

Basic Purpose:

The Logistics intern will be responsible for supporting the Logistics Operations and Network Strategy Teams in analysis, planning, execution, reporting, and follow-up rotations of Logistics programs and initiatives. He or she will also be working with internal and external stakeholders to coordinate, organize, and follow through on program initiatives.

Intern will be exposed to the US Foods® Logistics Programs, and will learn the strategy, functionality, and execution behind each. Intern will also be exposed to working in a cross-functional environment, understanding how to both balance their workload to meet timelines while remaining aligned with internal teams.


Interns will be placed in one of the following departments:

Network Strategy

Freight Rate Maintenance:

  • Identify logistics income and margin improvement opportunities through data analysis of current managed lanes, along with analyzing current delivered lanes for conversion

  • Drive increased logistics income and margin improvement by conducting freight rate analysis as it relates to published and market freight rates.

  • Conduct root cause analysis on current logistics pain points and suggest solution options along with implementation plan and timeline.


  • Analyze and suggest improvements in product movement via alternative modes of inbound transportation

  • Assist in development of procedures to support expansion of unique transportation solutions e.g. cross dock, boxcar rail hub, redistribution facilities, etc.

  • Assist building operational blueprints to support optimization of inbound freight consolidation and replenishment patterns using company inbound network programs

Planning and Analysis:

  • Analyze cross-functional logistics performance and identify issues critical to operational success; create problem solving strategies that address the issue end to end

  • Use data driven decision making and smart automation to create processes that standardize workflows, remove inefficiencies, grow the logistics network

  • Create management communications to clearly outline progress and results

  • Create reporting that allows for total visibility across all arms of the supply chain

National Accounts and Vendor Negotiation

  • Assist team on inbound product supplier transportation cost benchmarking by evaluating lanes that need rate appreciation and attention to adequately represent true market costs

  • Participate in negotiations process to learn how to approach and resolve freight cost and rate issues where lanes show differences to benchmark or contract data

  • Assist in analysis to provide leverage with category management to influence vendor rate decisions

  • Research and create inbound solutions for national concept proprietary vendors

Carrier Development

  • Support the carrier and USF fleet tariff process including; developing carrier rate agreements and managing the database of carrier relationships.

  • Support the maintenance of carrier capacity commitments within the transportation management system including creation and maintenance of entities, carriers and routing guides.

  • Support senior team members in conducting performance management for other functions in the form of ongoing results analysis on key metrics such as case conversions, on-time delivery, freight rate trends, carrier rates, unanticipated / one-time costs, receiving patterns, etc.

  • Support senior team members in tracking financial KPIs for Logistics department including Gross Freight Income, Net Freight Income, Managed Case %, etc. Support deep dive analyses into any variance or outlier KPI results through segment or PO level investigations

Operations :

  • Work directly with the Load Planning Team and Logistics Network Strategy Team to drive freight revenue and income across all divisions

  • Planning and execution of shipments using multiple software systems

  • Analyze financial impact of requests from divisional purchasing, operations, suppliers, and the transportation providers related to detention, unloading, and other accessorial charges and makes the decision on whether to approve or deny additional charges

  • Analyze on-time service to divisions; identify issues, provide/implement resolution, track results to completion

  • Assess the effectiveness of load execution and manage the changes required to ensure effective execution of the load


  • Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in Supply Chain, Business Analytics, Operations Management, Finance or a related field

  • Must be enrolled in school during time of internship

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

  • Comfort working in a remote environment

  • Experience with pivot tables

  • Demonstrated analytical abilities

  • Self-starter who is eager to learn and has a drive for results

  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team


  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • High collaboration and project management skills to work across a broad business base

  • Highly organized with a strong focus on detail and accuracy. Ability to thrive in a complex, high demand, evolving environment, requiring quick responsiveness. Must be able to handle multiple priorities while maintaining focus on the bottom line

  • Must demonstrate a high degree of written and verbal skills

  • Work effectively in a team environment, while also able to work effectively as an individual with minimal supervision

  • Experience with Tableau, Llamasoft, SQL, TMS

Please note: We are unable 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 (https://nam05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.usfoods.com%2Fabout-us-foods%2Fcoronavirus-covid-19-resources.html&data=02%7C01%7CLisa.Murgas%40usfoods.com%7Cfada00c50c5045879c0808d8097da41d%7C832c6ba93f7845f3b4b0d28c2893ca8a%7C0%7C0%7C637269782506338922&sdata=Vy20BbaKWZN4WMZKw%2Bub4ENEEg%2Bym5ekvSfNQfHEftw%3D&reserved=0) .

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 www.usfoods.com 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 (https://www.usfoods.com/content/dam/usf/pdf/Policies/HR/USFCCPApolicy.pdf) .

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.

EEO is the Law poster is available here (https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf) .

EEO is the Law poster supplement is available here (https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/OFCCPEEOSupplementFinalJRFQA508c.pdf) .

Pay Transparency policy statement is available here (https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ofccp/pdf/pay-transp%20EnglishformattedESQA508c.pdf) .