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Human Perception Internship - Princeton, NJ


Looking to put your learning to the test and apply your education thorough an exciting summer opportunity?


Through our paid summer internship, students can discover all our industry has to offer. Our interns are given hands-on, holistic view of what it takes to run a global F&F company. From networking events to resume building we’ll set you up for a long and rewarding career, at Firmenich & beyond. 


Our Princeton, NJ office is seeking an intern for our Human Perception & Bioresponses department.  The working hours are Monday – Friday (37.5 hours per week) during the summer months.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Accurately prepare samples of materials for sensory studies
  • Run sensory panels by following instructions of senior team members
  • Maintain a well-organized lab and inventory
  • Maintain and operate olfactometers
  • Assist with simple data analyses if needed
  • Assist with software programming of sensory tests



  • Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Chemistry, Psychology, or related field
  • General knowledge of sensory science and/or neurobiology of sensation
  • Previous lab experience desirable
  • Basic computer knowledge and high comfort level with learning new software
  • Legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship
  • Live in or around the Princeton area OR have reliable transportation to the office
  • Must be available from June to September
  • Must be willing to work 37.5 hours per week


We value:

  • Eye for detail & organization - do you pay attention to the minute details of project or task?  Are you organized?
  • Excellent communication - do you have the ability to communicate clearly and concisely?
  • Enthusiasm - do you bring energy to performing a task?
  • Good time management - can you make progress on multiple tasks concurrently?
  • Strong interpersonal skills - do you project a positive, friendly attitude with panelists and colleagues alike? Are you good at both giving and taking directions?
  • Curiosity - do you strive to learn?


We offer:

  • Networking events
  • LinkedIn Profile Workshop
  • Resume writing & Interviewing workshop
  • The opportunity to develop sharpen existing skills in sensory science and develop new ones
  • The opportunity to be a part of a highly creative and imaginative team
  • The ability to see the workings of the Flavor & Fragrance industry and real-world applications of sensory science
  • A chance to start developing a network of future colleagues


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function. Firmenich is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran

Nearest Major Market: New Jersey