The Quincy University/Dot Foods Partnership offers QU students exceptional career opportunities with one of the nation’s largest and most respected privately held firms. Selected undergraduate QU students will have the opportunity to explore promising future careers with Dot Foods through a structured, yet flexible, fellowship. This partnership between QU and Dot Foods offers students the opportunity to participate in Dot Foods’ mission and ongoing growth while furthering their studies at QU.
Participating students can choose between an array of professional possibilities including accounting, information technology, sales and marketing, warehouse and transportation operations, and more. The Company is searching for dedicated individuals that can be mentored into becoming productive members of the Dot Foods family and the service industry, in general.
Accepted applicants will begin the program in the Spring semester of their freshman year with a series of five full-day seminars, which will continue through the end of their sophomore year, totaling 15 seminars. During their junior year, students will participate in a semester-long Internship, equivalent to three credit hours and to be completed during one full day per week, as well as monthly phone consultations with their Dot Foods mentor during the non-internship semester. The following summer, students will participate in a second Internship; this internship completes the Dot Fellowship program. Internships include the opportunity for Project Development.
In addition to these components, students will have the optional opportunity to participate in further Summer Employment or Internships during their first two summers at QU. Furthermore, students who qualify will have the option of participating in a Senior Year Internship during one semester, equivalent to six credit hours and to be completed during two full days per week, and monthly phone consultations with their Dot Foods mentor during the alternate semester.
Once the Fellowship is complete, each participant will receive a performance review by Dot Foods. The results of these assessments will factor into students’ selection for Priority Job Placement or other employment opportunities. In addition, students who complete this program and become employees of Dot Foods are eligible for graduate studies funding.
Freshman students from all majors are encouraged to apply for this opportunity. Special consideration will be given to applicants with majors relating to Dot Foods careers. Applicants with a 3.0 or above GPA and an ACT score of 20 or above will also be considered.
To apply for this Fellowship opportunity, please complete/obtain the following items:
- Application Form (Click HERE to download)
- Three letters of recommendation in each of the following categories: employment, academic, and leadership/community service
- An essay that demonstrates interest in and a desire to learn about Dot Foods, as well as establishes initiative, experience, and goals.
Send all documents to QU Office of Admissions, 1800 College Ave., Quincy, IL 62301 or e-mail them to
Select students will interview with a team of Dot Foods employees. Students who participate in these interviews will receive interview feedback to assist them in the future.
Students attending the 15 required seminars will receive a per-semester stipend.
During the project development and internship stages, students will receive hourly wages and a possible stipend, upon completion
Students will receive hourly wages and partial housing stipends during summer internships.
Transportation from QU to Dot and back will be provided for all students.