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Chemistry & Sensory Summer Intern

At Firmenich people are at the heart of the company, we are committed to equal employment opportunities and value diversity in the workplace.

We have an opportunity for a Summer Intern join the R&D team based in San Diego, CA. The Summer Intern in Chemistry and Sensory will complete a wide variety of activities to support our research projects.  Firmenich provides unique learning opportunities for interns to manage independent projects with guidance from our research scientists and will report their findings at the conclusion of their 3-month term.


Internship to begin first week of June and goes through to the last week of August.  

The working hours are Monday – Friday (37.5 hours per week) 


Key Responsibilities:

  • Chemistry (6 weeks):
    • Assists chemists with synthesis and characterization of target compounds
    • Purifies compounds using a variety of techniques including chromatography, crystallization and HPLC
    • Prepares chemical solutions for assays, following standardized procedures
    • Analyzes results of high throughput screening data
    • Prepares and presents summaries of work for department meetings


  • Sensory science (6 weeks):
    • Trains new subjects for taste test panel participation
    • Designs taste tests for training new panelists
    • Prepares samples using analytical balances and dilutions
    • Executes sensory testing and collects data
    • Analyzes results and makes recommendations
    • Evaluates training progress and measures performance of new versus existing panelists


  • Other responsibilities:
    • Sample testing including density and pH measurements
    • Refines and works with SOP's
    • Adheres to all safety, scientific record keeping, and compliance requirements
    • Performs other duties as assigned


We value:

  • Ability to follow safe laboratory practices
  • Initiative. Enjoys working hard and is energetic towards new and challenging tasks. Not fearful of acting with minimum planning.
  • Time Management. Uses time effectively and efficiently. Concentrates efforts on priorities and gets more things done in less time. Attends to a broad range of activities.
  • Composure/ Flexibility. Mature, able to handle stress, can be counted on in hard times. Not knocked off balance by the unexpected and doesn’t show frustration in resistance.
  • Integrity and Trust. Considered direct and truthful, doesn’t misrepresent him/herself for personal gain. Admits mistakes and presents the unvarnished truth in a helpful manner.
  • Teamwork. Relates well to all people, both within and outside of the Company. Builds an appropriate rapport and constructive relationships. Uses diplomacy and tact.



  • Pursuing a BS degree in Life Sciences preferred, including Chemistry, Food Science, Biology, or related science(s)
  • Computer skills, including Microsoft Office; ability to learn internal software programs.
  • Position is Full Time 40 hours/week. All hours must be worked on site at our San Diego laboratories and during normal business hours (8am-5pm)
  • Ideal candidate will be eager, energetic, reliable and self-motivated and ability to work independently.


We offer:  


  • The ability to be a part of a highly creative and imaginative team in an incredibly competitive and inspiring industry
  • A fast-paced environment surrounded by some of the biggest talents and brands in the food and beverage industry
  • Learn how to understand consumers and how to meet their needs effectively


At Firmenich, we create an environment in which employees are valued, motivated and encouraged to reach their full potential. We foster entrepreneurial spirit and imaginative teamwork with freedom to act within our strategic plans. We recruit and develop the best talents, rewarding them accordingly. Firmenich is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran.

Nearest Major Market: San Diego

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