FedEx Logistics is offering part-time jobs for Mississippi Valley State University students to support its customs brokerage operations, the FedEx subsidiary announced Wednesday.
FedEx Logistics said in a news release the historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) employment program will provide professional opportunities for students while building a diverse talent pipeline for the Memphis company.
FedEx Logistics aims to open a satellite office at MVSU’s Itta Bena, Mississippi, campus in August. The office will be staffed with students who will have a chance at working with FedEx full time after graduation, the release said. There are 48 open positions at the MVSU office, according to FedEx.
“We are thrilled FedEx Logistics has chosen MVSU as the first institution for its HBCU campus satellite office program,” said Dr. Jerryl Briggs Sr., president of MVSU, in a statement. “Our students’ response to joining the FedEx Logistics team during their matriculation at MVSU has been tremendous. We envision a long-lasting relationship with FedEx Logistics that will be beneficial to both organizations, and we are excited about the opportunities this collaboration will provide for our students.”
MVSU students “in good standing” can apply at FedEx’s jobs posting site or by contacting MVSU Career Services Center.
The part-time positions will support the FedEx Logistics International Import Clearance department, according to FedEx.
“Responsibilities vary and may include data entry, classification, documentation, customer service, and other office-related tasks,” FedEx spokeswoman Rachael Simmons said in an email. “The positions include a competitive hourly rate, 20-25 hours of work per week, tuition assistance, and access to health, dental and vision benefits after 90 days of continuous service. No experience is required, and training will be provided.”
One part-time job posting on FedEx’s jobs site is for a “customs trade agent” position located on MVSU’s campus. The job is responsible for coordinating documents required by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and government agencies on behalf of those importing into the U.S., per the posting.
“I am extremely proud of this groundbreaking program and working with MVSU to help deliver a better future for its students and FedEx Logistics,” said Thanh Anderson, vice president of Global Support Services at FedEx Logistics, in a statement.
FedEx Logistics aims to expand the program to other HBCUs after the launch at MVSU, Simmons said.