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Microbiology Intern

Sargento Foods
Elkhart Lake, WI

Position Duties / Responsibilities
Microbiology Intern  #18-1346
Elkhart Lake, WI
Requisition Number
Elkhart Lake Technical Center
Job Description

Do you have an interest in gaining valuable skills and experiences in food safety and food quality? In this internship role, you will apply fundamentals of microbiology principles, practices and procedures.

Your Story.

You are passionate and knowledgeable about scientific principles in research, pathogen detection technology, development of standard operating procedures for the laboratory, and quality control of microbiological testing. You have a high interest in exploring more deeply your major area of study and future career area of interest in food safety and food quality in an opportunity that combines your classroom experience with real world work experience.

Our Story.

With 2,000 employees and net sales of $1.4 billion, Sargento Foods is a family-owned company that has been a leader in cheese for more than 60 years. We created the world's first, successful pre-packaged sliced and shredded natural cheeses. Sargento is based in Plymouth, Wisconsin, where we manufacture and market shredded, sliced and snack natural cheese products, as well as ingredients and sauces. Sargento is known for the exceptional quality of our products and for product design, packaging and merchandising innovations that have transformed our industry.

Your Passion. Our Culture.

At Sargento, you work for a company you believe in, with a family of people who believe in you. Our culture stems from a simple premise: Hire good people and treat them like family. At Sargento, you can make decisions based on how they affect people as well as the long-term health of our company. You will be encouraged to make a meaningful difference in the community, in the company and in your career. With diverse experiences and tools to learn and develop, you can transform your aspirations into reality. If you're ready for the right place to belong and grow your career, you can find it here.

What You Do.

  • Performs a variety of routine scientific tasks that provide experience and familiarization with technical and other functional areas using the methods, practices, and programs of Sargento Foods Inc. (SFI)
  • Ensures compliance with and/or writes testing SOPs and specifications
  • Performs testing, equipment maintenance, and calibrations according to accredited methods and standard operating procedures. Accurately performs laboratory testing as determined by SFI's QA plan.
  • Applies quality tools and approaches (e.g., root cause analysis, pareto charting, process mapping, cause and effect diagramming, etc.). Collects and evaluates data and writes reports to document deviations from existing programs. Has an understanding of tracking, trending, and data analysis tools.
  • Assists in writing, communication, and training of Quality and Food Safety Systems Programs and standard operating procedures.
  • Maintains written technical documentation and product and process specifications
Equal Opportunity Employer

Your Education and Experience.

  • Must be seeking a Bachelor's of Science degree (BS) in Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, Food Science or related with a Junior status or above.
  • Previous experience in an approved laboratory/QA environment strongly preferred.

Your Qualifications.

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to effectively present information to peers and colleagues.
  • Strong computer skills are necessary for this position, including MS Office (word, PowerPoint and Excel spreadsheet software), Internet, and e-mail.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Additional Information.

  • Opportunity to lead and own significant and meaningful projects with clear set of deliverables; benefiting you with valuable skills and experiences and our company with valuable insights and recommendations.
  • Paid internship/co-op experience; competitive with national intern/co-op compensation rates.
  • Housing provided, if qualified. Must follow corporate housing policy, which does not allow pets.
  • Valid driver's license and vehicle required. There is not mass/public transit system to/from corporate housing location to company locations.
  • Opportunity may include potential travel by plane, train, rental car, and/or hotel. Personal credit card required. Travel and expenses will be reimbursed.
  • Mentoring, career development and community service experiences along with company-wide and county-wide intern events.
  • Summer hours with half day Fridays.

Your Needs. Our Values.

"People-First Culture" - Our people-first culture is founded on a simplepremise: Hire good people and treat them like family. Your team really is your extended family and friends. Our Sargento Family rallies around those experiencing challenging situations and are the first ones to celebrate milestones.

Live Well, Work Well - You are encouraged and enabled to balance your career with interests and activities outside of work. We value Humor and Fun because we can laugh at ourselves and you can't smile without saying "cheese". Our CEO always says, if you're not having fun at work or spending time with your family, then you're doing it wrong.

Career Advancement - We support your career aspirations with individual development plans, career paths, coaching and mentoring through our "promote from within" philosophy. It is not uncommon for employees to start their career in an entry-level position and with dedication, hard work, and our tuition reimbursement program they have the potential to advance into leadership roles.

Caring for Community - When you work here, you can make a difference in the company and in the lives of people in our communities, including supporting the United Way, Habitat for Humanity and Hunger Task Force. We partner with the Green Bay Packers through our 'Touchdowns for Hunger' program which has resulted in donating $1.3 million to date for hunger relief. We support our employees who serve their communities year-round including providing paid time off to contribute to causes that are meaningful to them.

Brand Innovation & Leadership - We're a national brand, owned by a real family. Because we are privately-held every employee is considered part of the Sargento Family and can make a meaningful impact. We seek people who will challenge assumptions and introduce new ideas to help achieve our corporate goals. We are an industry leader because of our quest to find the next breakthrough and have been a Nielsen Award Winner thanks to our game-changing products.