Career Pathways Program

Helping to Attract University Students to the Produce and Floral Industry

These programs are designed to attract the best and brightest students to begin a career in the fresh produce and floral industry. Students are paired with industry mentors, participate in customized education sessions and are fully integrated into international, national and regional events.


Listing of our Career Pathways Programs

Career Pathways at CPMA Convention & Trade Show

April 12-14, 2016 | Calgary, Canada

Career Pathways at PMA Tech Knowledge

May 16-19, 2016 | Santa Clara, California USA

Career Pathways at PMA A-NZ Fresh Connections

May 17-19, 2016 | Brisbane, Australia

Career Pathways at FPFC Southern California Expo

July 17-19, 2016 | Anaheim, California USA

Career Pathways at PMA Fresh Connections Floral

July 13 – 14, 2016 | Miami, Florida USA

Career Pathways at PMA Foodservice Conference

July 29 – 31, 2016 | Monterey, California USA

Career Pathways at NEPC Annual Produce and Floral Expo

September 20 – 22, 2016 | Brewster, Massachusetts USA

Career Pathways at FFVA Convention

September 28 – 30, 2016 | Naples, Florida USA

Pack Family Career Pathways at PMA Fresh Summit

October 12-16, 2016 | Orlando, Florida USA


Learn more about our Career Pathways Programs

Created in 2004 by Jay Pack and the Produce Marketing Association (PMA), the original Pack Family Career Pathways program brought the first group of top students and faculty from universities across the country to the PMA Fresh Summit International Convention + Exposition. The Pack Family Career Pathways program is supported by charitable contributions from the Jay and Ruth Pack Family Foundation and the PMA.

A Career Ambassador is assigned to each student to serve as an industry adviser, answer questions, introduce them to other industry professionals, and simply help them embrace the myriad of opportunities and rewards the produce industry has to offer.

Interactive Educational Workshops
Students attend customized workshops designed specifically for undergraduate students. Depending on the time available during the event workshop, topics could include:

  • Industry Overview of the Produce and Floral Supply Chain – Industry leaders explain the produce and floral supply chain and “how it all fits together”.
  • Career Panel Workshop – A panel of industry leaders share their passion and insight on the rewards and challenges of a career in our industry.
  • Industry Tours – Participants get to see firsthand the day to day happenings of our businesses.
  • Young Professionals Session – Young professionals, those recently entering the industry, sit down with the students to answer questions and share their experiences, giving them a “glimpse from the inside”.

Networking Opportunities
During the programs, students are given time to walk the exposition floors and meet industry professionals. Students may also be invited to attend networking events.

Student Engagement
Students are given assignments prior to the start of the programs to help prepare them for the event and add more value to the entire learning experience.

Program Sponsors

Thank you 2015 sponsors!

Founding Contributor

A Special Thank You to the Jay and Ruth Pack Family Foundation for providing opportunities for university students and faculty members to attend this year’s Fresh Summit.

Presenting Sponsors

Ontario Greenhouse
Taylor Farms

Reception Sponsors

Earthbound Farms
Grimmway Logo
Produce Pro

Support Sponsors

Apio/Eat Smart
California Avocado Commission
Mixtec Group
San Miguel Produce, Inc.
West Pak Avocado, Inc.


Student Directory

Looking to fill an internship or entry level position?

Then visit our Career Pathways Student Directory. You can use this directory to locate bright young talent that has participated in our Career Pathways program.

If you are looking for a student you met at a recent trade show and can not locate in our student directory please contact Megan Nash at +1 (302) 607-2160 or

Please Select a Program and Year to Search the Directory:


In their words, what Career Pathways means to them.

Read how our contributors are making a difference one university student at a time.
Read how our Career Ambassadors feel about volunteering their time.
Former participants making a difference in our industry.



Career Pathways participants have taken their first job or internship in the industry


of Career Pathways participants are still in the industry today

Over 150

university students and faculty participate in Career Pathways each year


university students have participated in our Career Pathways