AFE Develops Employer Resource Guide For Floral Internship Programs

AFE Develops Employer Resource Guide For Floral Internship Programs

young-professionalsThe American Floral Endowment (AFE) recently developed a new Employer Resource Guide to accompany its Business Internship Program, which is now in its second year.

According to AFE, the guide was created to help greenhouse and floral companies build a successful internship program, with easy-to-use guidelines and steps to create meaningful learning experiences for the next generation of business leaders.

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AFE’s Business Internship Program draws emerging young business professionals to the world of flowers and promotes the floral industry as a viable career path. For businesses, it’s a chance to host an intern and help eager students contribute to your organization and the 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 several 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 to 12 weeks and provide juniors, seniors, and graduate students with new 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 of Syndicate Sales, Inc. and past AFE Chairman, who has more than 60 years of experience in the floral industry and strong business acumen.

Visit endowment.org/biz to become a potential host employer and download the Employer Resource Guide. AFE encourages companies to sign up to become a host employer by Dec. 1, 2016, when students will begin applying for 2017 internships.