Food Science internships enable students to get experience related to their field of study, usually while receiving wages. Interns often return to campus with a better understanding of how their course work relates to the real world and with a clearer picture of their career goals.

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
  • Unilever
  • ConAgra Foods
  • Campbell's Soup Company
  • Nestle
  • Hershey Foods
  • General Foods
  • Kraft Foods
  • Mars
  • Cargill
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • National Institutes of Health

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