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MBA intern – 2023 Starbucks Summer Internship Program – Retail Product Management


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MBA intern – 2023 Starbucks Summer Internship Program – Retail Product Management 

Job Number: 230000240 

Job Posting : Jan 3, 2023

Job Posting End Date : Jan 17, 2023

Location : US-WA-Seattle-Starbucks Support Center
Is this role eligible for remote or hybrid work? : Yes-Hybrid

Starbucks - Marketing and Brand Management

Schedule : Full-time
Pay Range : $45.00/hour

Bonus Eligible : No

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From the beginning, Starbucks set out to be a different kind of company. One that not only celebrated coffee and its rich tradition, but that also inspired connection. We are known for developing and supporting students who share this passion and are guided by their service to others. Join us for our 2023 Starbucks Summer Internship Program and immerse yourself in an enduring global company that values people and fosters innovation. At Starbucks we are performance driven, through the lens of humanity; we strive to create opportunities with broader impact. Connect with something bigger and discover your potential.


“Starbucks is not a coffee company that serves people. It is a people company that serves coffee…”

Howard Schultz, founder – Starbucks Corporation

Job Overview/Summary

As an MBA intern, you will be stretched to build on your existing knowledge, challenged to maximize your learning agility, and positioned to make a meaningful and lasting impact on your team. You will connect with senior leaders through your day-to-day work and through Starbucks internship programming, including executive lunch & learns and networking events.


During the Starbucks Summer Internship Program, you will:

Influence business performance: make an impact through value-add project work

Develop professionally: enhance your skills through participation in exclusive workshops and seminars

Foster connection: grow your network as you meet with and learn from Starbucks leaders

Starbucks internships are paid, 11-week assignments. Each student selected for a Starbucks internship may be considered for full-time positions, contingent on performance and budget, upon completion of their MBA program.


About Starbucks Retail Product Experience

Millions of customers around the world leave their homes for Starbucks products – a wide-reaching assortment of beverages, food and merchandise. Whether it’s a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, Impossible Breakfast Sandwich or limited-edition color changing cup, we take pride in delivering products customers love. These iconic staples and seasonal favorites build our brand and are critical to our business. The Product Experience Organization is charged with orchestrating the strategy to uplift the everyday for our customers. This translates to a diverse set of responsibilities including:


Identifying and defining key product innovation territories

Validating and testing new products for national scale

Coordinating product improvements that enhance the brand and improve sustainability

Driving product positioning, naming, pricing, and promotion decisions

Analyzing business performance to inform portfolio strategy


Your work as an MBA intern will offer broad exposure and rich experience across these areas, culminating in an actionable recommendation to shape the future of products at Starbucks.


Core Competencies / Skills

Customer focus and curiosity

Strategic thinking, problem solving and analytical skills

Business acumen and general management approach

Communication and storytelling

Collaboration, relationship management and interpersonal skills



Experience and/or strong interest in retail product management

Active enrollment in an accredited graduate program (MBA or other business-related graduate program)

Expected graduation date between December 2023 and June 2024

Minimum 3 years of relevant work experience



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