US Marketing (Design & Packaging) Internship
  • Chicago, United States
  • 1-630-623-3000.
15 Jan 2022
Fast Food Restaurant
Job Description

Company Description

About McDonald’s

McDonald’s is proud to be one of the most recognized brands in the world, with restaurants in over 100 countries that serve 70 million customers daily. As the global leader in the food service industry, our legacy of innovation and hard work continues to drive us.

From drive thru updates to delivery to mobile order and pay, we are innovating quickly and growing. Joining McDonald's means thinking big and preparing for a career that can have influence around the world.

At McDonald’s, we see every day as a chance to create positive impact. We lead through our values centered on inclusivity, service, integrity, community and family. From support of Ronald McDonald House Charities to our Youth Opportunity project and sustainability initiatives, our values keep us dedicated to using our scale for good: good for our customers, people, industry and planet. We also offer outstanding benefits including a sabbatical program, tuition assistance and flexible work arrangements.

While most of us are working remote during COVID-19, we're excited to get back to our state-of-the-art headquarters in the booming West Loop of downtown Chicago! It's set up to be a global hub that cultivates collaboration:

  • Take a class at Hamburger University
  • Sample future items in our Test Kitchen
  • Utilize the latest technology to connect with your team around the globe

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to the diversity of our crew members, staff, operators, and suppliers. We promote an inclusive work environment that creates feel-good moments for everyone. We are interested in people who enhance our company culture: Does this role interest you? We encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet every single requirement!

Job Description

Why You'll Want this Internship

Enjoy a flexible work environment where you can think critically and feed your need (and ours!) for innovation. After initial training, dive in with your full-time team to learn the business and enjoy robust programming including our Executive Speaker Series, Lunch and Learns with unique teams like Restaurant Architecture and Happy Meals, Employee Business Network sessions, and other training. We designed this internship to provide a smooth transition into McDonald’s so don’t worry – if you bring curiosity and work ethic, we will bring the know-how.

We believe we are #BetterTogether, so we encourage networking through Peer Lunches and mentorship from industry leaders who want you to succeed and take pride in guiding you to develop into a McDonald’s future leader.

In addition, the capabilities you will acquire set you up for a variety of career paths depending on your interests and strengths, and beginning your career in the McDonald’s Corporate Internship gives you early access to our full-time post-graduation opportunities.


Department Overview

This person will apply their skill-set and knowledge toward tackling a designated summer project. This is an exciting opportunity to have a true impact on the company by designing and implementing solutions for real challenges facing the business. This summer role will sit within a functional team in the US Marketing department as part of the Brand & Content Team’s Visual Identity Center of Excellence.  You’ll have exposure to our National Campaigns, Entertainment & Sports Alliances, Family Marketing, Packaging, Social Media, Loyalty, and more.


This person will work closely with internal and external key stakeholders to navigate the organization and deliver on the challenge he or she has been asked to solve.  Projects may potentially include work in:

  • Learn and consult about visual identity in retail signage
  • Develop promotional packaging for campaigns
  • Participate and learn how to direct food photo shoots
  • Gain a strong understanding of our Digital Asset management system and assist in deployment of the assets
  • Develop merchandise and apparel for campaigns or special marketing event


How You’ll be Compensated 
You’ll be lovin’ your compensation which will include: 

  • $50/hr for the 10-week program (up to 40 hours/week)
  • Housing Stipend 
  • If on-site: Access to the McDonald’s Headquarters facilities (gym, company events, rooftop patio, Global Restaurant) 
  • Company-sponsored networking and social events 
  • May be eligible for Summer Hours schedule


Candidate Requirements

  • Will be graduating December 2022 or Summer 2023
  • Can work Monday-Friday during all 10 weeks of the internship (6/6 - 8/12)
  • Have work authorization and will not require visa sponsorship for future employment
  • Data literate and the ability to turn data signals into consumer-driven marketing insights  
  • The ability to shift thinking across various projects
  • Good Design eye is cost of entry, we are looking for a person who is savvy with people and possesses solid project management skills…a balance between corporate and creative
  • Comfortable with the culture of big, complex organizations
  • A person who is passionate to explore and test innovation
  • Preffered majors: Visual Marketing, Graphic Design 
  • Must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination by date of hire to be considered. Proof of vaccination required.


Personal Characteristics
We are looking for creatively curious problem-solvers that have a passion for design, pop culture, trends and food and beverage.  As a summer intern, you will help lead projects that help shape the future of McDonald’s. Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Someone who can bring an infectious sense of interest and passion for design in a marketing team.
  • Creativity: Someone who can suggest new ways of doing things and brings fresh, new thinking but also willing to learn and absorb current direction.
  • Leadership:  Someone who can collaborate with others whether it’s a hands-on implementation role or a strategic one, this person will help drive solutions
  • Communication: Expresses complex ideas and positions in a clear, concise, and timely manner

Upholds all of McDonald’s Standards of Business Conduct

Additional Information

McDonald’s is committed to providing qualified individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of their jobs. Additionally, if you (or another applicant of whom you are aware) require assistance accessing or reading this job posting or otherwise seek assistance in the application process, please contact

McDonald’s provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to sex, sex stereotyping, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, disability status, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, protected military or veteran status, citizenship status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Nothing in this job posting or description should be construed as an offer or guarantee of employment.


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