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Are you a college student trying to figure out your plans for the summer?



It’s January and yes, you should be thinking about your summer plans now if you are interested in gaining internship experience.  Publix, for instance, will be posting its corporate, distribution and manufacturing internship opportunities in February.

I’m sure you want to know the details, like what an intern here does, when applications are accepted and when internships begin and end.  Well, I have the 411 for you!

Publix’s summer internship lasts 10 to 12 weeks (May through August) at our company facilities in Lakeland, FL.  Interns gain valuable hands-on experience, work on challenging projects, and network with professionals to develop valuable skills beyond what you can learn in a classroom.  Interns are offered competitive pay, and are generally expected to work 40 hours per week, although this varies by department.  We partner with Florida Southern College to provide housing for our out-of-town interns.

As Publix interns, you would

  • receive performance evaluations twice during the summer
  • attend luncheons with Publix executives
  • participate in a local community service event
  • be invited to several after-work socials, and
  • give an end-of-summer presentation to a large group of Publix leaders.

This year’s summer interns will be placed in several departments including: Accounting, Construction, Risk Management, Logistics, Legal, Distribution, Facilities, Human Resources, Loss Prevention, Manufacturing, and Real Estate.

These internship positions will be posted at in February.  You must apply there to be considered.  All interns must be active college students pursuing a degree.  So if you are graduating this May, you will not be eligible.

Let me share a few tips with you:

  1. Read the posting and be sure you meet the required qualifications before taking the time to complete the application.
  2. Make sure you are ready for a summer-long commitment in Central Florida.
  3. If you do apply, avoid any misspellings, typos or grammatical errors.  We are looking for people who know how to give great attention to detail.
  4. Make sure your email and voicemail communications are professional.

For all internship information, please visit Good luck and maybe we will meet in May!

95 Responses

  1. mmeyer February 14, 2013 at 6:03 pm #


    I have heard so many great things about this internship. I am extremely interested! However, I am having troubles finding the application on the Publix website. Can you please help direct me to the application?

    Thank you.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge February 18, 2013 at 9:57 am #

      I’m sorry for your difficulty in finding the internship postings. They are at Click on the NO and then hit the orange-colored Search button in the lower right hand corner. You will see all of our openings, including all internship opportunities. Have a great day!


    • delmar April 22, 2014 at 9:39 pm #

      Hello, I have applied for the internship and I would like to know how long do I have to wait for a response? Thank you.

      • Patti Breckenridge
        Patti Breckenridge April 28, 2014 at 10:09 am #

        Which one did you apply for? 17 of the internship positions have been filled, 7 are in the interview stage, and four are about ready for interviews.

        • kaj10d April 29, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

          Good afternoon Ms. Breckenridge!

          I have also applied for two of the internship positions, business analyst intern as well as the fixes assets intern. When I view my application status it still reads “considering,” so I just wanted to make sure those positions have not already been filled. Please let me know if there is anything else I need to do. Thank you so much!

          Katie Jones

          • Patti Breckenridge
            Patti Breckenridge April 29, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

            Those two positions have not yet been filled.

  2. disla221 February 21, 2013 at 1:41 am #

    Hi I am currently a junior, studying accounting. I noticed you have not posted any internships for the finance department. I was wondering if you will be posting more internships for other departments.

    Please let me know.



  3. gretadupuy
    gretadupuy February 21, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    Good morning Derek. At this time those are the only available internship opportunities that we have for this summer. Have a great day!


  4. chefvi13 February 24, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    If we’re graduating this May, but attending college to finish our second degree next fall (and hoping to enter graduate school right after), would we be able to apply?

    • gretadupuy
      gretadupuy February 25, 2013 at 8:43 am #

      Good morning. Thank you for your interest in an internship. All of the internship openings have been posted and the requirements are posted for each. If you feel that you meet the minimum qualifications please feel free to apply. Have a great day!


  5. chefvi13 March 9, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    Thank you so much Greta for the quick reply! I can’t seem to find the deadlines for the internships, is there a general date I should apply by?

    • gretadupuy
      gretadupuy March 11, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

      If you are interested in an internship and meet the requirements, I recommend you apply. We do not have any time limit on how long they will be posted. Some have already been unposted.

  6. rbxe March 14, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    I love the idea of a Publix internship, However, I live in Georgia and work full time as a CSTL. I think doing an intership would really give me a competitive advantage but I was wondering if Publix is offering any interships in Atlanta? If not an internship, what about any Co-op or work learn programs? Thank you so much!

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge March 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

      We are not offering any internships in Atlanta at this time. Maybe next year! What position is it that you want to learn?

  7. zlehoux1 March 20, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    Thanks for all the info Greta and Patti!
    I was wondering if there is any way I could get information on the real estate portion of corporate, and how I can get familiar with the other areas as well?


  8. cbutler44 April 23, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    I notice that housing is available through FL Southern College for out-of-town interns. Is there a fee for these, or is housing included in the internship? What are the living arrangements for out-of-town interns (roommate in a dorm room, single dorm room, etc) ?
    Thank you!

    • gretadupuy
      gretadupuy April 24, 2013 at 9:46 am #

      Thank you for your comment. Housing is provided to our summer interns through the internship program in a dorm through Florida Southern College. Depending on the number of interns needing to be housed, interns may be assigned a roommate.

  9. cbutler44 April 24, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    Sounds great.
    Thanks for the quick reply!

  10. nolegirl2014 July 2, 2013 at 10:47 am #


    I was wondering is this internship program offered at any other time of the year. Maybe fall or spring semesters? If not, is this the only internship offered by the company?
    Thank you!

    • gretadupuy
      gretadupuy July 2, 2013 at 11:03 am #

      Our internship program is offered during the Summer. If you are interested in a possible internship for Summer 2014 and will be an active college student, please apply directly in February at ~Greta

  11. prestoncobb July 31, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    Great posts Greta and Patti,
    I am a 15+ year veteran of Publix in nearly every department (including management). I am relocating myself and my family to the Lakeland, FL area in hopes to acquire a Corporate position with Publix Super Markets. Are there any tips or advice that could aid my endeavors? I would love to take advantage of the internship program but, sadly, I am apprehensive of my résumé being “lost in the shuffle”. What are your thoughts?

    Keep the GREAT posts coming! I look forward to reading them daily!,

    Preston Cobb

  12. nicoleh November 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    I am currently a Publix employee (of about 6-7years) and am in my first year of law school, does Publix offer internships in the legal department?

    • gretadupuy
      gretadupuy November 25, 2013 at 9:24 am #

      @nicoleh Thank you for your continued interest in Publix and an internship in the legal department. We have had internships before in the legal department. Should there be an opening for May 2014, it will be posted in February at You must apply and meet the requirments to be considered for an internship, should there be an opening.


  13. amybcorreia November 26, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    Hello, I know this is later in the year for this blog, but this was the only organized information I could find about Publix internships. I currently work as a Customer Service Associate in Tallahassee, Florida.

    I would love to better understand the requirement of “enrollment.” I will be graduating Spring 2014 with my undergraduate degree, so does that mean I cannot apply for an internship? Do I have to be enrolled in classes to be considered?

    • gretadupuy
      gretadupuy November 27, 2013 at 10:30 am #

      @amybcorreia Thank you for your continued interest in your career at Publix and in an internship. If you are graduating in Spring 2014 and not enrolled in classes after that, you will not be eligible for an internship. You must be an active college student to be eligible. If you are interested in a support job after graduation, please be sure to visit ~Greta

  14. sbaulac December 11, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    I’m hoping to see a Sustainability internship for Summer 2014!

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge December 31, 2013 at 9:40 am #

      Our summer internships will be posted at in early February. Not sure yet if there will be one in the sustainability area, but thank you for writing!

  15. krichardson December 21, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    Hello Greta! Thanks for the informative post. It’s neat to see how it has remained active with questions for almost a year now.

    I have a question about the 2014 internships – I (unfortunately) had to retire from Publix after 10 years when I left for grad school. I’d love to do my internship with Publix as well, but I can’t tell if MBA students are also eligible. Are internships generally undergrad only, or can I apply as an MBA student?

    • gretadupuy
      gretadupuy January 2, 2014 at 10:45 am #


      Thank you for your interest in an internship at Publix. Summer internships will be posted in early February at Each internship opening will list the requirements including being an active college student and what the year requirement is. Very few may include graduate student eligibility. But please view the openings in February to see if you qualify.


  16. ashleygabriel1 December 22, 2013 at 3:57 am #


    I have been following this blog since March and I am heavily interested in applying for the internship this upcoming spring term. I was wondering when should I be expecting the application to be released for the summer of 2014?

    Thank you in advance,

    Ashley Gabriel

  17. greenolive January 8, 2014 at 10:35 pm #


    I am a former Publix employee that sadly had to leave to go to law school. I enjoyed working for Publix and I would love to return as intern with your legal department. Do you have opportunities in this area for the Summer of 2014?

    Thank You Kindly,

    Olivia Nedd

    • gretadupuy
      gretadupuy January 9, 2014 at 12:41 pm #


      Thank you for your interest in an internship at Publix. Our summer internships will be posted in February at Please check at that time for any openings that you may be interested in and qualify for. For more information on internships, please visit

      Thank you,

  18. tiffanydawson210 January 16, 2014 at 9:26 pm #


    I am a pharmacy student in Pennsylvania and I am looking to relocate to the south. I graduate April 2014. After much research I have decided that Publix would be a wonderful company to work for. I was wondering if Publix offers pharmacy grad intern positions for pharmacy school graduates of 2014. And if so, how do I go about applying for the position?

    Thank you,

    Tiffany Dawson
    University of Pittsburgh
    School of Pharmacy
    2014 Pharm.D. Candidate

  19. shelby.pierce11 January 27, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    I currently work with Publix as Customer Service Staff in the Lakeland and Jacksonville Division and considering applying for a Publix internship this summer. Will we need a letter of recommendation with our application?

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge January 27, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

      A letter of recommendation could be helpful.


  20. derekhgarcia January 29, 2014 at 3:21 pm #


    I have been working for Publix for over 5 years and absolutely love the company. I am currently a Junior Accounting major attending the University of Florida who is interested in pursuing a career with Publix and am also very interested in obtaining a Summer Internship with the company. I know last year that a Corporate Accounting internship was offered and was wondering if that same position would be offered again this year? Also, do you offer internships in your Business Analysis and Reporting Department?

    Thank you very much,
    Derek Garcia

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge February 3, 2014 at 9:21 am #


      Our summer internships will be posted next week, probably on Monday, at Please check the list. FInal choices on which internships will be offered are still in the works.


      • bdaley February 12, 2014 at 10:52 am #

        I understand that setting up internships is hard work, but when you say Publix is going to post them, Publix needs to post them. I have several internship options, but it would be nice to further my relationship with the company, but not if it is unreliable.

        • gretadupuy
          gretadupuy February 12, 2014 at 11:14 am #

          As mentioned in the blog and on the website, the summer internships will be posted in February as they were last year. During the year we have posted several internships as well.

  21. p0908542 February 6, 2014 at 1:37 pm #


    Do you know if there will be any internship opportunities at the Publix Data Center in Atlanta? As a G.R.S. and a computer science major in the Atlanta area, I am interested to see if there will be internships closer to home.

    Regardless, I will be applying for an I.T. internship with Publix. It is just a matter of curiosity.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge February 12, 2014 at 11:20 am #

      I believe the IT internships have already been filled, and I don’t think any of them are in Atlanta.
      All internships that haven’t been filled with returning students or with Publix associates will be posted on our website throughout February, probably starting later this week.
      That website is


  22. lbowman1 February 13, 2014 at 2:42 pm #


    Are the internships under any specific posting on the jobs site?

    Thank you,

    Lee Bowman

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge February 16, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

      Most of the internships will likely be posted next week, Lee. They will be clearly labeled as internships.
      A few more may be posted the following week.


  23. tylerk2 February 15, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

    I have been following this blog for sometime now and have been checking the internship postings religiously. I applied for the one internship that got posted for HR Investigations and immediately got an email saying that I did not meet requirements, thanks for applying. I am a junior in college and the posting says sophomore. Could this be why I was denied? Are they only excepting sophomores for internships? Will there be more posted? To my knowledge I meet every requirement it has listed other than that I am a junior.
    Thanks for all the useful info in this blog, Tyler K.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge February 16, 2014 at 2:39 pm #


      Each of the internships has its own required qualifications. It’s very important to read them as they are not negotiable. So if a posting says the internship is for a sophomore, then a junior will not be selected. However, the internships differ on what academic level a student can be to qualify. I hope this helps.


      • tylerk2 February 17, 2014 at 10:56 am #

        Thank you very much for the reply!

        • Patti Breckenridge
          Patti Breckenridge February 17, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

          You are most welcome!

  24. dje13 February 19, 2014 at 9:12 am #


    Are there currently any internship posting available on I saw Patti’s post stating that they would most likely be posted next week, however I also saw that Tyler, in the post above, was able to apply for a posting. Could you please clarify this for me. Thanks so much!


    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge February 19, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

      I believe one of the internship openings has been posted, but the bulk will be posted in the next 10 days.


  25. tblease February 24, 2014 at 9:06 pm #


    I saw that a few of the internships have been posted. However I did not see one for either advertising or public relations like there was last year. Do you happen to know if there is going to be an internship for either category in Lakeland this summer?


    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge February 25, 2014 at 10:21 am #

      There are many more internships that will be posted, hopefully by Friday.


  26. gretadupuy
    gretadupuy February 25, 2014 at 10:51 am #


    There actually will not be any openings for either advertising or public relations this summer.


  27. laurencohen February 25, 2014 at 12:41 pm #


    Thank you for the opportunity to complete these internships! I just finished and applied for the Food Safety/ Quality Assurance internship. I’m currently a rising Junior majoring in Public Health. I look forward to hearing back regarding this position!

    Thanks for your time,
    Lauren Cohen

    • laurencohen February 25, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

      Also, I just submitted my application and for some reason it says I do not match one of the qualifications, although I read through them and I match them all. Is there someone I could talk to about this?

      Lauren Cohen

      • gretadupuy
        gretadupuy February 25, 2014 at 3:45 pm #


        Thank you for your interest in an internship at Publix. Based on one or more of your answsers to the questions that you answered on the questionnaire you did not meet the minimum qualifications.


    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge February 25, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

      Thank you for applying!

  28. p0908542 February 25, 2014 at 8:03 pm #

    Is it certain that there will not be any openings for IT internships? I am a Publix employee, and I have been checking nearly daily for openings for IT internships since the beginning of January, but none were posted. How should I have gone about applying for this internship if they were not posted but were still filled?

    Thanks for the information,


    • gretadupuy
      gretadupuy February 26, 2014 at 8:30 am #


      Thank you for your interest in an internship at Publix. If there is an opening for an internship in a business area, it will be posted. All internship positions are posted at If you do not see a posting for a certain department, that means we do not have an opening for that department or the position is being filled by a returning intern.


  29. derekhgarcia February 26, 2014 at 12:14 pm #


    I know you are being bombarded with questions, but I only see one internship available for the accounting department and I am wondering if there will be any more posted? I have put off my internship search because I have been waiting on Publix so now I am getting nervous.

    Thanks for a reply,

    • gretadupuy
      gretadupuy February 27, 2014 at 4:29 pm #


      Thank you for your interest in an internship. Internships are being posted throughout the month of February. But please understand that sometimes others may be posted later and during the year. It is up to you to check the openings on the site and set up a job search agent. We do not know the openings until they are posted. Good luck.


  30. lbowman1 March 10, 2014 at 4:39 pm #


    Any idea on when the decisions for the internships will be made?



    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge March 10, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

      Some have already been made. The rest should be made by April 1.
      Thank you for inquiring, Lee.


  31. caroliya March 20, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

    Is there an age requirement of 21 for these internships? This was not listed on the job posting. After putting much effort into completing my application, I received an email saying that I do not fit the minimum requirements which was due to not selecting “yes” on the last page’s question about being at least 21.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge March 25, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

      I’m waiting for our internship coordinator to advise me on your situation. I will get back with you when I have an answer.


    • gretadupuy
      gretadupuy March 26, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

      Thank you for your interest in an internship. Any internship that has an age requirement, which some do, will be listed in the requirements. Also, Publix’s automated email does not list the reason(s) an applicant did not qualify.


  32. agreenough March 23, 2014 at 1:06 am #

    Is there any type of interview process for the internships? Or will the positions be accepted based on our application alone? And if we have not heard anything by April 1st, is it safe to assume we were not selected? I just want to ensure I do not accept another opportunity elsewhere before I have heard back from from the Publix internships. Thank you!

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge March 27, 2014 at 4:44 pm #


      I haven’t been able to reach the Internship Coordinator since she has been promoted to another position. But I did find out that there are phone interviews for finalists for internship positions.
      I’m sorry it took so long to get you an answer.


  33. agreenough March 25, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    Is there any type of interview process for the internships? Or will the positions be accepted based on the application alone? And if we have not heard anything by April 1st, is it safe to assume we were not selected? I just want to ensure I do not accept another opportunity elsewhere before I have heard back from from the Publix internships. Thank you!

    • gretadupuy
      gretadupuy March 26, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

      We are currently in the process of accepting applications since the internships are still posted. All interns will be hired by April 30th.

  34. cameron April 2, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    I turned 14 today and wanted to help out my family this summer, since my dad lost his job. Are there any jobs for kids my age at Publix? I live in Boca Raton and I can ride my bike to the Publix on Palmetto road.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge April 2, 2014 at 10:34 am #


      Congratulations on turning 14!
      What a great person you are to want to help your family.
      We do hire 14-year-olds but not many because of federal restrictions on the number of hours you can work.
      Here’s what I recommend.
      Go to the Publix on Palmetto Road and apply.
      Then speak with a manager and briefly explain why you would make a great Publix associate.
      Then ask what the chances are that you will be hired.
      I hope this helps!


  35. jamario April 7, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    Good afternoon,
    My name is Jamario Bell and I applied for the SQA Test Analyst, Information Systems summer internship position 2 weeks ago. After reading the postings about the IT internships already being filled I was just curious to know when the hiring managers would start contacting potential candidates. I received an email saying that I met the minimum requirements for the position but since than I have received nothing. I have heard nothing but great things about working for Pubix and I am so eager to learn that I am willing to do the internship for free. Please let me know when they will begin conducting phone interviews. Thank you for your time.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge April 9, 2014 at 11:45 am #

      We have 33 intern openings this year, so the screening is proceeding differently for different positions. All interviews will be completed in April, primarily before the 15th. Thank you for applying!


      • mrainey April 14, 2014 at 4:09 pm #


        Going off of your response about internships, would it be safe to assume one should look elsewhere for opportunities this summer if they are not contacted by the 15th? I submitted my application for the law student internship about two weeks ago and I haven’t been contacted save for the automated replies informing me that I meet initial requirements. Thank you.

        • Patti Breckenridge
          Patti Breckenridge April 15, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

          A new law internship posting will go up this week. This replaces the old posting. Some of the qualifications have changed. Please apply.

      • duffymarcus April 14, 2014 at 5:27 pm #


        My name is Marcus Duffy and I applied for the Law Student Intern position. My application status went from considering to cancelled. Does cancelled mean I am out of the running for the internship? Thank you.

        • Patti Breckenridge
          Patti Breckenridge April 15, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

          A new law internship posting will go up this week. It replaces the old one. A few of the qualifications have changed. Please apply.


          • mrainey April 16, 2014 at 8:59 pm #


            Thank you very much for the heads up. Do you know when it should be up by and/or if it goes by the same title? Thank you.

          • Patti Breckenridge
            Patti Breckenridge April 21, 2014 at 9:49 am #

            It now looks like they will be choosing a candidate from the first posting and not reposting. Sorry for the confusion.
            I believe an offer has been made.


  36. nolelaw February 9, 2015 at 6:22 pm #

    Could you please inform as to if there will be a law student intern this coming summer. Thanks.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge February 11, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

      There will not. Sorry.


  37. futurengineer February 19, 2015 at 9:02 am #

    Good morning I just applied for a couple positions in Lakeland through INROADS, I was wondering what was the average time correspondence to know if I got the internship position.

    • futurengineer February 19, 2015 at 9:28 am #

      The departments I applied for Distribution and Manufacturing.

      • Maura Satchell
        Maura Satchell February 24, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

        That’s wonderful! Best of luck to you!


    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell February 24, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

      It varies with each position and other circumstances. You will be contacted if you are considered among the most qualified for an opening.

  38. mnn357 March 6, 2015 at 11:15 am #

    Are there any open spots for IT related internships?

    • Marcy
      Marcy March 9, 2015 at 11:48 am #

      Hi! Nneka sent you an email about this question. Let me know if you need any further information.

      Thank you,

  39. bhrich March 26, 2015 at 2:12 am #

    Hi! Is it possible to work student intern hours in a Publix pharmacy without doing the full 10-12 week internship? We have rotations for part of May/June so it would be impossible to get 10 weeks in before school starts back.


    • gretadupuy
      gretadupuy March 27, 2015 at 9:35 am #

      Hi Brea!

      I am not sure if you are inquiring about a “rotation” or an internship, however, here is our information on Pharmacy Intern “hours” we don’t offer formal “Internships” in Pharmacy.

      Publix does not currently have a formalized online selection process for Interns, nor do we have specific locations for out-of-state, out-of-country or summer specific programs. We do however, have intern positions available periodically in various locations. The best avenue to pursue these opportunities would be to submit your application in any Publix location. Please note your application will be active for 30 days.

      Additionally, as intern hiring decisions are made at the store level and is based on available hours, I would encourage you to visit the Publix Pharmacy you would like to intern with and introduce yourself to the Pharmacy Manager at which time you could inquire about intern hours and any available opportunities at that specific location.


  40. christian7 February 15, 2016 at 1:35 pm #

    Hello, I am currently considering applying for the internship. I have already earned an undergraduate degree in psychology but began school again to earn a degree in information technology now. I work full time and have a spouse. I was wondering were these internships offering job opportunities at the end contingent upon how well one performs? I would love to do this but would like some security knowing that I would still be able to take care of my family when it is over if I did well.

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell February 16, 2016 at 12:53 pm #

      There is no guarantee of job offer, Christian, sorry. But there is housing provided for the intern during the interim. Are you a Publix Associate? You’d keep your position if you attended the internship program in that case.

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