Hormel Foods Corporation Research and Development Intern - Columbus Craft Meats in Hayward, California

Product Development Intern

Company Description:

From a small, old world Italian craft meat shop in North Beach, San Francisco to one of the most successful national producers of authentic cured craft meats and all natural deli products, Columbus has evolved and grown organically one customer at a time, staying loyal to our home base in the San Francisco Bay Area. Family owned for 90 years, we understand the value of high quality products, staying true to our core values, and loyalty to our consumers and community. Our products drive our business strategy of aggressive expansion through new product innovation leading the craft meat market with a focus on clean, high quality, all natural, experiential foods that delight our consumers and customers. Columbus Craft Meats joined the Hormel Foods family in October 2017.

Job Description: Under the guidance of a senior Food Technologist, the R&D intern will conduct a research project to explore, identity, validate and implement new processing, ingredients, equipment, and technologies that will support and drive the growth of Columbus deli and salami business. At the end of the internship program, the R&D intern will also present the research findings and make the appropriate recommendations to the business team to drive the business forward.


  • Conduct literature research/review on assigned projects.

  • Conduct experiment design on assigned projects.

  • Project may include:

  • Product formulation

  • Process/Product Troubleshooting

  • Testing new ingredients and processes

  • Conducting meat quality audits

  • Preparing and presenting food prototypes for review by sales, marketing, operations and R&D.

  • Work on production floor (meat processing) and collect data

  • Data processing and analysis

  • Perform chemical and physical analyses.

  • Develop nutritional analyses, and nutritional database management.

  • Apply nutritional information into calculations, formulations and database

  • Participate in technical team meetings

  • Other responsibilities/duties as required


  • Must have at least Junior status and major in Food Science, Animal Science or related field with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills are necessary for success in this position.

  • Knowledge of and experience with sensory analysis, statistics and nutritional programs is beneficial

  • Experience working at a USDA meat processing facility would be beneficial

  • Possess a strong work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit

  • Have an open mind and embrace the diverse culture of the SF Bay area.

  • Must be a Citizen or National of the United States, a lawful, permanent resident, or have authorization to work in the United States

  • Applicants must not now, or any time in the future, require sponsorship for an employment visa

Location and Hours:

  • Position is based out of Hayward, California.

  • Position is full time, 40 hours per week beginning late May and ending mid August.


  • Competitive salary

  • Paid housing allowance

  • Reimbursement of all expenses incurred on the job

Application Instructions:

Please visit http://www.hormelfoods.com/careers to apply online.

Hormel Foods Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

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