Along with providing valuable experience, internships can be a direct pathway to that first job. Employers increasingly use internships to develop a pool of qualified applicants. In fact, according to the College Placement Council, 35 percent of 624 companies recently surveyed said interns were their most important source of new full-time employees.
A typical internships usually lasts about 3 months during the summers although some food companies offer co-op or work-study programs that extend into the fall or spring semester. Typically, an intern will be assigned to a project and will be expected to prepare and present a written report at the end of the summer.
Among the many companies that have recently offered internships to food science students are:
- H.J. Heinz Company
- Del Monte Corporation
- ConAgra Foods
- Campbell's Soup Company
- Hershey Foods
- General Mills
- Kraft Foods
- United States Department of Agriculture
- National Institutes of Health