New Product Development Intern

R&D/Product Development Bakersfield, California


During your time as an intern, you will get the chance to apply your classroom knowledge to a real-world business environment. Working as part of the R&D team you will be exposed to ice cream product development and provide strong hands-on technical support to R&D Scientists across a wide range of Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream product development activities.


Assist R&D Scientists/Engineers prepare for execution of experiments, prototype development and bench top trials by:

    Set up equipment, weigh, and mix ingredients, proficiently operate equipment, collect samples and data, tear down and clean equipment according to GLPs/GMPs established for the food industry

    Execute experiments and analyze the physical chemical properties of prototypes in the analytical lab under the direction of R&D Scientists that involve testing ingredient substitutions, formula changes, process variables, etc.

    Collect, organize, and maintain experimental samples/data

    Maintain sample inventories of sample prototypes for shelf-life studies, retrieve requested samples for evaluation and sensory tests as directed by R&D Scientists

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Detail oriented and analytical
  • Inquisitive and curious
  • Strong hands-on aptitude for set-up/operation/maintenance of lab and bench top equipment
  • Very good knowledge of MS office (Excel, Power Point)
  • Full command of MS Excel to analyze data and transform graphically
  • Excellent computer skills with ability to transfer data/information from various software applications into MS Excel for management
  • Good command of English language, both oral and written
  • Respect to confidentiality and company policies


Minimum Qualifications

    Completion of two years college level courses in food science, chemistry, biochemistry, engineering or related scientific discipline with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

    Experience working in a lab environment, conducting experiments, documenting results, etc.

Preferred Qualifications:

    Prior work experience in an R&D laboratory, food manufacturing, quality assurance, or related fields


On-site in Bakersfield, California.