Food Industry Internship Opportunities for 2023

There are an abundance of opportunities in food processing, engineering, food science, R&D, operations, and other areas of the food industry for college students and recent graduates.

Kristen Kazarian, Managing Editor

March 17, 2023

4 Min Read
Food manufacturing internships
If you are looking for an internship for the summer or fall, or even a full-year opportunity, here is a list of companies from around the US offering various positions.Image courtesy of iStock/Getty Images

If you are in high school or college — or you know someone who is — an internship is a great way to jump in to a company to see what it's all about.

Internships and co-ops provide hands-on experience that prepare you for a career. And often, this will lead into a full-time position at the company with which you intern.

Below is a list of 2023 summer and fall internships, to date, available throughout the US. This is not an all-inclusive list, as posts are updated and added regularly.

Information should be available on all company websites. If not, a little legwork won’t hurt — call, email, or look up the company’s LinkedIn page. Companies love those who assert themselves and show interest by going beyond the job notification.

JBS, Pilgrim’s Plant Operations

Quality Assurance Intern, Green Bay, WI

Safety Intern, Mayfield, KY; Various, Mt. Pleasant, TX


Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory Intern, Continuous Improvement Engineer, other internships, multiple US locations

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)

Engineering intern, Decature, IL

Dairy Farmers of America

Plant Operations Summer Intern and other opportunities, multiple US locations

Turkey Hill Dairy

R&D summer internship, Conestoga, PA

Kellogg Company 

Supply Chain internships, Rogers, AR and Lancaster, PA


Anheuser-Busch In Bev

Manufacturing and Operations early-career student programs, internships and co-op opportunities, various US locations

Post Holdings Inc.

Various internship positions, multiple US locations

Smithfield Foods

Operations Summer Intern, Sioux Falls, SD

Grain Procurement, Engineering, and Operations Interns, Rose Hill, NC, and other locations

Mondelez International

R&D - Chemical Engineering and Food Science, Manufacturing, Procurement, Packaging, multiple US locations

American Foods Group

Various summer internships, multiple US locations


 food science tech service intern, plant-based protein, and Intern for Food Applications, Bridgewater, NJ

Conagra Brands

Safety (EHS) Intern and other opportunities in summer and fall, multiple US locations



Engineering Intern and other opportunities, Keokuk, IA

Perdue Farms

Plant Operations Intern, multiple US locations

R&D Intern, Salisbury, MD

E. & J. Gallo Winery

Distillation internship, Process Technology Internship, Chemistry and Systems Biology Internship, Modesto, CA

Lactalis American Group

Import-Export Intern 12 mos., New York, NY

Shearer’s Foods

Material Planning Intern, Massillon, OH

Danone North America

Various internships in summer and fall, City of Industry, CA


Daybreak Foods

Egg Production/Egg Processing Intern, Lake Mills, WI

Schreiber Foods

R&D Intern (year-round), Green Bay, WI

The Hershey Co.

Operations Excellence Intern, summer 2023, Hazleton, PA


OLM Food Solutions

Machine Learning summer internship, Sioux Falls, SD

Reily Foods Co.

Food Science Summer Intern, Knoxville, TN


R&D Summer Intern (Master’s degree), Purchase, NY


Constellation Brands

Lab Tech Summer Intern (food science, chemistry or related), Healdsburg, CA

The J.M. Smucker CO.

Regulatory Intern, Orrville, OH

About the Author(s)

Kristen Kazarian

Managing Editor

Kristen Kazarian has been a writer and editor for more than three decades. She has worked at several consumer magazines and B2B publications in the fields of food and beverage, packaging, processing, women's interest, local news, health and nutrition, fashion and beauty, automotive, and computers.

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