Food Science Intern - Strategic Technologies Chicago, IL





Sara Lee North America is looking to add a Food Science Intern, to its Research and Development team for the summer of 2011.  The intern will report to a scientist on the product development team and work out of the Sara Lee Research and Development  center located in Downer's Grove, Illinois.  The selected intern will have the opportunity to manage a project on the product development team as well as assist in the hands-on development of products for the Retail and Foodservice business units.   The position provides the opportunity for the successful candidate to take the first step in a potential long term R&D career at a dynamic Fortune 200 company. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the hands on development of new product, line extensions, quality improvement, cost improvement, ingredient substitution and applied technology related projects.
  • Assist in any stage of development from concept to commercialization.
  • Become familiar with formula development and develop literacy in Sara Lee computer systems.
  • Perform bench top and pilot plant experiments.
  • Collect and analyze data.  
  • Familiarity with bench-top, pilot plant processes and equipment.
  • Familiarity with the product development process.
  • Collect and analyze data from experiments and generate appropriate reports and issue a summary report/presentation to the R&D Leadership Team.
  • Other duties as needed and/or assigned.



  • Undergraduate in junior/senior year in Meat Science, Food Science or Bakery Science.
  • Master student in Meat, Food, or Bakery Science.
  • Willing to relocate to Downer's Grove/Chicago Metro area, IL for 11 weeks.
  • No sponsorship available


Each and every day, Sara Lee (NYSE: SLE) delights millions of consumers and customers around the world. The company has one of the world's best-loved and leading portfolios with its innovative and trusted food and beverage brands, including Ball Park, Douwe Egberts, Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean,Sara Lee and Senseo. Collectively, our brands generate nearly $11 billion in annual net sales. Sara Lee has approximately 33,000 employees in its continuing operations worldwide. Please visit for the latest news and in-depth information about Sara Lee and its brands.


At Sara Lee, we believe that careers are as unique as individuals.  That's why we offer employment opportunities that give you ownership of your career.  With the resources of a global corporation and direct responsibility to make it happen, you can be confident that you'll always be able to perform your best and be recognized for it.  At Sara Lee, the difference is you.


The Sara Lee compensation program is designed to provide you with comprehensive, flexible benefits that enable you to select those features that best fit your needs. Our benefits include, but are not limited to: medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, life, short and long term disability, retirement plans, and tuition reimbursement. 


 An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer



 Product Development

Primary Location

 US-IL-Downers Grove (Metro Chicago)



Education Level

 Bachelor's Degree

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