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The annual AICC Student Packaging Design Competition honors the best student designs entered in three distinct categories and allows AICC members a glimpse of what’s in store for the future of the corrugated packaging industry. Entry into the student competition provides students with the best opportunity to show off their talent and creativity to corrugated packaging and display professionals from around the world.

Download The 2018 Student Packaging Design Competition Application

The qualifying first place winners in the two “Design to an Opportunity” categories compete for cash prizes during ICPF’s annual Careers in Corrugated live broadcast to packaging, graphic design, business, and other college & university schools across the U.S. and Canada--set to take place in February 2019. Industry leaders will serve as judges for this event, which is another outstanding resume-building opportunity for you!

ICPF also offers assistance to all student team participants in acquiring local internships in the corrugated packaging and display industry. Students should e-mail today and indicate their interest in corrugated internships.


2017 Winners

Design to an Opportunity – Structural Challenge
Students had to create a “Hardware Shipper Box” to be sent to customers of a hardware store. The package had to contain 4 traditional 60-watt light bulbs and 1 16-oz traditional hammer. This challenge focused on the structure of the box so it had to withstand the rigors of courier delivery without anything being broken.

First Place Winners

  • “Symplex Set”
  • Clemson University: Jeff Burks and Ben Parkins
Second Place Winners
  • “EZ-Bulb”
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo: Austin Kron, Kevin Rivas, and Derek Breshears
Third Place Winners
  • “Eco-Light Bulb & Box”
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo: Paige Topole, Simeon Comanescu, and Atlanta Nguyen


Design to an Opportunity – Graphics Challenge
Students had to design the graphics for a pet product company’s e-commerce box; a box that would be shipped directly to customers when they ordered products online. This challenge focused on the graphics of the box using one of the following processes: line or screen art, screened images, process or modified process color, or digital printing.

First Place Winners

  • “Chef Chow”
  • University of Texas at Arlington: Michaela Keck, Emily Brown, Reithna Chhoeum, and Emily Opie
Second Place Winners
  • “Ruff N Tumble”
  • Millersville University: Brittany Myers and Eli Brill
Third Place Winners
  • “The Rolling Bones”
  • Michigan State University: Marlee Rothman


Corrugated as Art – Las Vegas Theme
Students had to design a structure of their choosing out of corrugated that was inspired by Las Vegas. The final product must be one-of-a-kind and not commercially reproducible.

First Place Winners

  • “Bellagio Hotel & Fountain”
  • Dunwoody College of Technology: Kristin Warehime, Brann Haugen, and Kristofor Patterson


Past Competition Winners

Please contact AICC for winners prior to 2012.