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Research, Development, & Quality Intern - Northbrook, IL







Barilla is one of the leading Italian food groups, a leader in the markets for pasta worldwide, for ready-made sauces in Europe, for bakery products in Italy and for crispbreads in Scandinavia. For almost 140 years the Company has been run by a family that now has reached its fourth generation.


Barilla America, Inc., the U.S.-based division of The Barilla Group, Italy’s largest food producer, was launched in 1996. Just three years later, Barilla became the No. 1 brand of pasta in the United States. To achieve this milestone in such a short time is a testament to Barilla’s history of 140 years of excellence in food production, brand-building, product quality, and global consistency.


At Barilla, food production is guided by three essential principles: product quality, commitment to nutritionally balanced eating, and, of course, flavor, the unmistakable hallmark of the Barilla brand name. To maintain these standards, the Group engages in extensive research and development that helps us produce the best products, while always considering the concerns and needs of our customers. The Group also operates with respect for the environment and consumer health and serves as a helpful, caring partner in the communities in which we operate.


Come learn from some of the best! Work alongside talented professionals to contribute to challenging, exciting and rewarding projects. Our 2019 Summer Internship Program provides real-world experience and an opportunity to build expertise and problem-solving capabilities.


We offer a unique perspective into the world of food manufacturing with a maximum 12-week paid internship in our Human Resources group in Northbrook, IL. As a key player on the team, the Research, Development, & Quality Intern will be exposed to several core competencies within the RDQ job function.


Key responsibilities include:

  • Plan internal events, education and communications for our U.S. locations for our “Good for You. Good for the Planet” sustainability & nutrition efforts.
  • Collaborate with R&D, Culinary, and Human Resources teams to develop an employee Teaching Kitchen curriculum.
  • Propose a creative solution to encourage employees to increase their consumption of 'better for you' foods through our external partnerships.
  • Develop a manual to streamline technical feedback process to the internal team.



Qualified candidates will possess the following:

  • Completed Junior year of college with a concentration in Food Science, Nutrition, Public Health, or related field
  • Interest in Sustainability/Scientific/Nutrition education and communications
  • Effective project management and time management skills
  • A self-driven individual with the ability to work independently
  • Solid presentation and communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and maintain attention to detail
  • Strong ability to work in teams and build good relationships high degree of personal integrity and work ethics
  • Proficient in MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel); Advanced Excel skills with formulas and pivot tables a plus



Want more information on what it’s like to be a Barilla Intern? Check out this video testimonial of our past Interns:



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