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Summer 2024 Intern, Sensory Lab

Your Opportunity as a Sensory Lab Intern 

As an intern within our Sensory Lab, you will perform routine sensory panel testing of finished goods both with internal employees and external panelists (including adults and children). You will provide quality customer service to panelists and support laboratory projects which includes assisting Sensory staff with the set up of taste panels, running the panels, performing regular laboratory upkeep, etc. You will work closely with our R&D Products Research team.  You will conduct a Sensory project and give a presentation on your findings at the end of your internship.   


Location: Orrville, Corporate Offices 


Work Arrangements: 75% -100% in office expectations  


In this role you will:  

Apply sensory evaluation methodologies to organize and execute consumer and trained panels through independent and teamwork, including product procurement  

Maintain thorough lab records with instructions, protocols and panel execution records 

Maintain clean and organized laboratory work environment including managing lab supply inventory 

Maintain a strong focus on customer service to effectively communicate and have positive interactions with all panelists/consumers 

Work and communicate effectively and productively with peers and project teams 

Provide support to training other departments or locations for sensory evaluation needs, such as Research & Development or plant quality teams 


What we are looking for:  

A Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing in school with requisite educational experience in Food Science, Nutritional Science, or related science field  

A GPA of 3.0 or higher   

A well-rounded skill set including strong time-management, communication, teamwork skills, and a familiarity with sensory evaluation/lab research testing 

Experience with Virtual Reality (VR) and/or Augmented Reality (AR) is a plus 


Why the J.M. Smucker Company’s Internship Program is Right for You 

Looking for a world-class internship program at a Fortune 500 company? At Smucker, we’re committed to offering you that world-class experience and the opportunity to:  

Learn: Realize your potential in a collaborative, supportive environment where you’re part of the Smucker Family and challenged to be your best.   

Grow: Receive hands-on training from a dedicated mentor and connect with peers and leaders across our Company.   

Lead: Contribute to high-profile projects that support our strategic priorities along with opportunities to get involved in many ways including our continued progress on the journey to become the organization we expect to be on inclusion, diversity and equity. We firmly believe that an inclusive environment and diverse organization strengthens our Company and enables every employee to reach their full potential.  


Beyond the purposeful work you'll be doing each day, we offer a wide variety of perks to help make your experience a memorable one. Examples include: 

Unique opportunities to network and engage with company leadership 

Participate in tailored professional development sessions 

Take part in networking events and outings with fellow interns 

A fully equipped fitness center with a basketball court, indoor walking track and rec league sports 

The Orchard, our gourmet cafeteria serving breakfast and lunch, with specials derived from seasonal and local ingredients 

A competitive compensation package and paid corporate holidays 

Employee discount at our Company Store 

Housing stipend for those relocating for their internship 


Learn more about working at Smucker: 

Our Internship Program 

Our Thriving Together Philosophy Supporting All Impacted by Our Business  

Our Continued Progress on Inclusion, Diversity and Equity  


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