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R&D Lab Technician Intern - Eden Prairie, MN 55344


Milk Specialties Company




The R&D Lab Technician Intern has responsibility for supporting the development of innovative product solutions within the sports nutrition and human wellness space. This role will work in a hands-on team environment, carrying out a broad spectrum of responsibilities, including prototyping, product formulation, process development, scale-up, and commercialization. A successful candidate will have experience in the areas of dry-blended and ready to drink beverages, bars, dairy proteins and dairy protein applications. A successful candidate will also be detail-oriented, possess strong communication skills, organizational skills, and resilience in managing projects in an innovative, fast-paced organization.


  • Assist with product development/ application initiatives from concept development and prototype generation to pilot plant and scale up for various protein products in powder mix, ready to drink or ready to eat
    • Assist with experiments to advance product and application development efforts from early feasibility through product launch.
    • Create and maintain appropriate documentation including technical and experimental plans, experimental design records, and product specifications.
    • Assist with product technical considerations including quality, sensory characteristics, stability, food safety, manufacturability, and appliance functionality. Utilize project management tools to ensure on-time delivery of results
    • Work collaboratively with cross-functional partners to ensure successful commercialization of new products.
  • Support Sales and Marketing by creating samples and prototypes, and by communicating technical findings to the team. This includes sales material and product/application brochure.
  • Partner with cross functional business teams to deliver strategy; provide technical subject matter expertise and foundational product knowledge.
  • Positively engage in a creative, performance driven culture.

Required Qualifications

  • Pursuing a Bachelorís or Masterís degree in Food Science with experience in dairy science, bakery items, bars, dry-blending, and/or ready-to-drink beverage applications, OR BS in Chemical Engineering or Food Engineering.
  • Ability to work 20-30 hours per week.
  • A strong working knowledge of food science and food processing
  • Problem identification and problem solving skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills.
  • Solid organizational skills and ability to manage numerous projects concurrently.
  • Demonstrated leadership and initiative, ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Attention to detail and executional excellence.



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