Dream job alert: Break into the candy industry (and create your own gum)

Do you have a taste for the sweet science behind candymaking? How cool would it be to get behind-the-scenes in the business of confections – just like Willy Wonka, except without the part where Violet turns into a blueberry? Apply for a paid internship at Mars Wrigley Confectionary, the makers of M+Ms, Skittles, Twix, Snickers, and Orbit gum.

Mars Wrigley seeks a self-starting social-media maven with a passion for improving their community and possessing top-notch writing and communication skills (journalism or creative content skills welcomed, but not required) for an internship focused on helping the company give back.

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The internship will give one intern the opportunity to work closely with Mars Wrigley Foundation leadership, corporate affairs, and community engagement teams. The program will culminate in a Mars Volunteer Program event at the end of the summer.

The experience will be chockful of opportunities to learn of every side of the business, from behind-the-scenes visits to manufacturing sites and sampling candy, gum and chocolate that hasn’t reached the public yet to creating your own flavor of chewing gum in R&D labs. There’s also the business of giving back locally: leading volunteers to increase oral care access in underserved communities, restoring local gardens, and beautifying the Chicago River.

The internships runs 8-12 weeks, and not only is it “fully paid,” but as a bonus, you get a year’s worth of free candy on top of that. You’ll work out of the company’s headquarters on Goose Island in Chicago.


As it turns out, there are a few qualifications – entry is more than just winning the golden ticket.

  • High school graduate or equivalent; college degree preferred
  • At least 21 years old as of May 20, 2019
  • Committed to effecting change in the community; previous experience in running programs or events preferred
  • A strong entrepreneur and self-starter, preferably someone who isn’t afraid to ring every doorbell in every neighborhood on Halloween
  • Candy knowledge: able to distinguish between the chocolate used in SNICKERS® vs. M&M’S®; name all five fruity flavors from the Skittles rainbow; and prove they can keep a potted peppermint plant alive for at least eight weeks
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Well-developed organizational skills; ability to manage multiple projects and priorities at once
  • Photo/video editing and production skills
  • Active and knowledgeable across social media platforms
  • Experience in journalism and/or creative content development preferred but not required
  • Interest in traveling to Chicagoland Mars Wrigley Confectionery offices, manufacturing sites and media events during standard business hours

Apply here.

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