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Quality Food Safety Intern - Lakeville, MN 55044


Post Consumer Brands




Looking to pursue a career in Quality Food Safety at a growing consumer packaged goods company? Do you want to gain hands-on experience in an innovative, mission-driven, consumer-centric organization? Post Consumer Brands is looking for a Quality Food Safety Intern for a 12-week summer 2021 immersive & transformative internship experience. Post Consumer Brands is unique as our core values & mission is at the forefront of our efforts. Consider joining our team to launch the success story of your career journey.

In order to fully realize the value of diversity of talent, experience, strengths, and backgrounds each of us brings to Post Consumer Brands, we are committed to creating an inclusive culture built on these behaviors:

  • Be open to new ideas
  • Listen attentively as a partner
  • Model collaboration
  • Be accountable
  • Respect all viewpoints

Job Title: Quality Food Safety Intern
Department: Manufacturing, R&D
Location: Northfield, MN (Campbell Mill plant – one of the largest plants in the Post network)

The purpose of this position is to provide an opportunity to develop broad-based business knowledge in targeted functional areas where there is a strong desire to build internal talent. This knowledge will be gained through a summer intern program with exposure to several functions across the plant. The ultimate goal is for participants to gain an in-depth understanding of the Post approach to business, so that they can have access to accelerated growth opportunities and position themselves for leadership roles within the company.

The Quality Food Safety Intern may assist in a number of project and/or operations support roles within the plant and will learn all areas of the plant Quality Assurance Department which includes product formulation, sanitation, pest control, product analysis, statistical process control, product testing and interaction with government regulatory agencies concerning quality control. Assignments may include work such as:

  • Quality assurance and food safety program elements
  • Utilization of Quality Assurance data to measure product quality performance.
  • Product quality initiatives related to customer visits and sales and marketing communications.
  • Regarding disposition of HOLD product and root cause analysis.
  • Continuous improvement activities.
  • GMP audits and inspections.
  • HACCP and allergen programs.

Possible Projects include:

  • Validation of Plant HACCP Plans
  • Create an online hold order system to simplify the finished food hold/release procedure
  • Participate in Annual SQF Audit

Specific project and operational roles will be identified 30-60 days prior to the start of the internship, based on business need and intern interests.


  • Candidates must be pursuing a four-year undergraduate or graduate degree or at an institution with an accredited program in Food Science, Food Processing, Engineering, Microbiology or related field
  • Proven leadership, problem-solving and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and in teams
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • The ideal candidate is a self-starter who takes initiative to identify areas of opportunity and take action
  • A high level of competence in computer applications and the ability to use technology as a decision-support tool
  • Ability to identify and evaluate tactical methods to achieve objectives, identify deviations from the plan, and facilitate resolution
  • Ability to handle confidential information and use discretion within and outside of the organization
  • Previous internship or work experience (strongly preferred)
  • Interest in the consumer-packaged goods / manufacturing industry with the desire to start a career with Post Consumer Brands after graduation (strongly preferred)

Additional Program Information & Perks

  • Offering competitive compensation
  • Access to a dynamic internship event program including development, networking, & social activities
  • Eligible for subsidized housing & relocation stipend
  • Cereal galore – enjoy a variety of cereal and oatmeal options in our break room, for free. Free milk, coffee, and conversation included as well. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Learn more about Post Consumer Brands
Post Consumer Brands is a business unit of Post Holdings Inc., formed from the combination of Post Foods and MOM Brands in May 2015. Headquartered in Lakeville, Minn., Post Consumer Brands today is the third-largest cereal company in the United States, with a broad portfolio of products spanning all segments of the category — from iconic household name brands and value ready-to-eat cereals to natural/organic and hot cereal varieties. As a company committed to high standards of quality and to our values, we are driven by one idea: To make better happen every day. For more information about our brands, visit

Post Holdings and Post Consumer Brands provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, status as a covered veteran and any other category protected under applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws.


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