Berkey Creamery Production Plant Intern

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Berkey Creamery


The Penn State Berkey Creamery is currently seeking a student intern to assist in the processing of dairy products in the Creamery Plant. Duties include: Assist in the production of dairy products in selected areas of manufacturing including fluid milk processing and bottling; ice cream processing and packaging; cultured dairy products processing and packaging; Assist in production support activities from receiving of materials through distribution of finished products inclusive; Assist in the operation of equipment including completing pre-operative and post-operative activities; Perform sanitation or inventory count duties as requested; Rotate responsibilities as deemed appropriate to enhance experience and support manufacturing including cross assignments in Quality Assurance/Quality Control; Assist in the development of SOP’s and SSOP’s and other manufacturing procedures; Prepare supplies for routine production including ingredient preparation, packaging preparation, etc.; Conduct routine monitoring of finished products to assure compliance with all quality/regulatory standards including in-process quality checks; Assess equipment and methods for improved manufacturing performance; Actively participate in trials in the Creamery plant or Food Science pilot plant in conjunction with the Technical Service Staff and Creamery Management; Collect, analyze, review and summarize production data, as required, to support manufacturing; Participate in productivity efforts as assigned; Participate in safety and quality inspections; Prepare written final reports; present summaries of findings to Creamery Management and Food Science Staff, as deemed appropriate; Participate in off-site field trips to enhance learning as deemed appropriate; Maintain clean work areas to the satisfaction of the supervisor; Interact with Creamery Management and Staff, Technical Service Staff, Food Science Staff and other internal or external associates as deemed appropriate; Participate in special projects or perform other tasks and duties as requested by supervisor; Any other tasks as trained and assigned by Supervisor. The intern position is under the direction of the Berkey Creamery Management and Food Science Department. The intended outcome of the internship is to gain a basic understanding of the concepts and skills associated with dairy products processing through a hands-on approach. The position requires active physical and mental participation in the plant activities during the times of plant operation (10:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. weekdays). The position requires a minimum of 10 hours per week commitment. Pre-requisites: Preliminary coursework in Quality Assurance, Food Science or related fields. Preferably experience in a laboratory or food manufacturing environment. Must comply with Good Manufacturing Practices.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088