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The classroom in only the beginning of the learning process for developing a professional Food Science career. Lectures and laboratory experiences lay the basic foundations for understanding principles and practices of the food industry. Being an intern in the industry helps students learn how to apply these experiences to their future careers.

An intern is usually a junior-senior level student who assumes short-term project status responsibilities. In the Food Science department, summer internships are very popular. Although internships are not guaranteed, the department uses a variety of resources to help students find and secure internships. Some of these resources include making student resumes available, publicizing job opportunities, and arranging interviews. Internships are beneficial to our students. They reinforce the classroom study of scientific principle by actual work. Our students mature professionally with experience in the work setting. Internships help build our student’s confidence in their chosen field. Students also can gain information on the type of employment they wish to have after graduation.

"The [internship]experience was great, and I could not have figured out what I wanted to do in the future without them."

Quotes from our Food Science Students

“Internships are a great way to see what “real-world” food scientists do on a day-to-day basis.”

“They [internships] were a lot of fun and gave me a great picture of what I would be doing after graduation.”

“They [internships] helped me figure out what direction I wanted to go in.”

“The [internship] experience was great, and I could not have figured out what I wanted to do in the future without them.”

“I had a great time and everything I learned helped me in my classes.”

“Getting hands on experience helped me better understand what I was learning in the classroom.”