Berkey Creamery Product Development 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 with new product development and/or existing product renovations. Duties include: Formulate new products and/or renovate existing products; Research and order ingredients, supplies, packaging, etc. to support development efforts; Prepare laboratory prototypes using laboratory/kitchen equipment; Conduct trials in the Food Science Department Pilot Plant using pilot equipment; Coordinate and actively participate in trials in the Creamery plant using plant equipment in conjunction with the Technical Service Staff and Creamery Management; Collect documentation, as required, to support the manufacture of new or revised products in the manufacturing plant; Prepare documentation associated with the development/renovation of products including detailed formulas, manufacturing processes, product specifications, nutritionals, etc. using designated software systems; Design and conduct storage stability studies including analytical, physical, microbiological and organoleptic testing as deemed appropriate for the product; Perform or coordinate testing and related activities for storage stability studies; 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 as requested by supervisor; Perform other tasks and duties as requested 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 product development through the various stages of the development process. This is a hands-on position that requires preparation of lab and pilot samples as well as participating in plant trials should products go to production. The position requires creativity as well as attention to detail including the ability to translate efforts into documented formats such as summary reports or finished product packets. Student should have food science experience or similar exposure to food product development at the lab, kitchen or pilot plant level. Student must be able to work independently as well as with a diversified group of people. The position requires a minimum of 10 hours per week commitment and the candidate selected must be able to follow Good Manufacturing Practices for the food industry. Ideally, an 18-month commitment is preferred beginning at the start of Spring Semester and ending at the completion of Spring Semester the following year. Summer employment (up to 40 hours per week) is available and expected. Applicants should be able to dedicate approximately 10 hours per week during active semesters with a maximum of 20 hours permitted. Hours are flexible based on course work and other job commitments. Selected candidates will assist with training the next rotation of interns. This means that the first Spring Semester will be working in conjunction with the current Product Development (PD) Intern with transition to independent work during Summer and Fall Semesters then assisting with training of the next PD intern in Spring. Pre-requisites: Preliminary coursework in Food Science or related fields. Preferably experience in a laboratory, pilot plant or food manufacturing environment. Strong interest in product development.

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