Attracting and developing top talent is a priority at AFB International. As the pet food industry continues to grow and advance, our workforce needs are expanding and evolving too, requiring new knowledge, techniques and leading talent to help meet our clients’ needs and industry challenges.
In collaboration with our parent company, Ensign-Bickford Industries (EBI), AFB actively participates in EBI’s University Relations and Recruiting program, designed to recruit and hire top student talent, to build a pipeline for tomorrow’s workforce.
Our program takes a team-based approach to promote all EBI companies and the intern and employment opportunities available to students. We collaborate with five key universities: Purdue University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Clarkson University, University of Connecticut and University of Southern California. All were selected based on their academic excellence, curriculum, programs and diverse student populations in the STEM field.
For students, AFB internships provide a unique opportunity to be a key team member on large, cross-functional teams tackling complex projects that have a direct impact on our business. They have opportunities to work and learn from senior company employees, as well as participate in professional development activities. AFB’s collaborative and team-focused culture creates a structure that delivers a positive and rewarding experience for each student.
In 2019 you will find EBI companies participating at partner university career fairs. We will also continue to support students’ education and career development through campus lectures, industry roundtables, mock interviews and resume reviews, or student days at AFB’s headquarters in St. Charles, Missouri.
Special thanks to AFB’s senior leadership team for their active involvement and continued support of the University Relations and Recruiting program. We also want to recognize all AFB and EBI employees whose dedication and passion for this initiative is guiding both the students’ aspirations and future of AFB.