23 November 2023
Foodbuy, a leading UK procurement organisation, worked in collaboration with The London Interdisciplinary School (LIS) to offer three summer internships to students, to support their learning and introduce them to the world of procurement.
The London Interdisciplinary School (LIS) is an innovative London university with a unique Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BASc) degree, the first of its kind in the UK. The course, titled ‘Interdisciplinary Problems and Methods’, is built around real-world challenges to reflect the needs of students today.
The internship provided a valuable opportunity for the students to gain expert industry insight from the team here at Foodbuy. They were given the opportunity to integrate their learning into real world problems and scenarios, whilst being mentored by a range of Foodbuy employees with extensive experience in the industry.
The students worked alongside a range of teams within Foodbuy, such as our Sustainability team, Category Business Management team, and our Account Management team. This provided the students with a range of insight into how diverse the food procurement industry can be, as well as giving them an understanding of our day-to-day activities and company values.
We pride ourselves on our ability to build a positive and supportive work environment, and we are delighted to have provided these students an insight into the opportunities that working in procurement can provide. We received excellent feedback from the interns regarding their time at Foodbuy:
“Working in the sustainability team at Foodbuy has been a really enriching learning experience. The team have taught me so much and have been really receptive to me to me applying what I have learnt through my degree into the projects that I was involved in such as developing the ED&I strategy or helping have clearer visibility on Foodbuy's carbon emissions”.
Logan Veerapatrapillay – Student at London Interdisciplinary School
By supporting the interns over the few weeks, Foodbuy gained access to a diverse range of critical thinkers and problem solvers. The team at Foodbuy also benefitted from extra power within our teams, as well as fresh perspectives and new ideas:
“Having Logan with us for 5 weeks allowed us to inject fresh perspectives and innovative ideas into my core strategic sustainability initiatives. He came with a deep passion for environmental and social responsibility, and his thought process and creativity was superb. Furthermore, training and mentoring Logan provided a valuable opportunity for the more junior members of the team to develop leadership and teaching skills, fostering a culture of continuous improvement and learning.”
Hari Singh – Head of Sustainability and Compliance at Foodbuy UK&I
To learn more about career opportunities within Foodbuy, visit Compass Careers · Foodbuy