Spring 2017 Interns at Tony's Fine Foods
The Perishable Foods Council began the Intern Program in 2002, providing students from UC Davis the opportunity to learn more about the perishable foods industry. Soon after that, the program was expanded to San Jose State. Hundreds of students have had the experience of visiting companies, learning about the milking of cows on the farm at the beginning of the food chain to the finished product at the retailer, ready for the end-user. As a result of their experience, students have gone on to work in the industry. Two former interns won a prestigious award for their work on a small solar powered LED light which can be used to increase egg production in third world countries. Some of the interns have also gone on to win scholarships in the scholarship program. Board member Bill Rudolph was instrumental in expanding the program and making it available to more students. In recognition for his years of service, the intern program has been named The Bill Rudolph Intern Program.
Interns at Mary Ann's Baking Co.
Internship and Leadership Program
The Internship program gives students a unique opportunity to gain insights to all aspects of the food industry. It is the council’s goal to foster the future of our industry. Recent tours have been to Nugget Markets, Tony's Fine Foods, CCD Innovation, USDA, Taylor Farms, Rubicon Bakers, Clover Stornetta Farms, Mary Ann's Baking Company, Concannon Winery and Fiscalini Cheese Company. Thank you to those companies and the others who have participated.
- Partnering with UC Davis and San Jose State University
- Two programs annually with 10-15 students per semester lasting for seven weeks each
- Introduce students to the food industry from farms, manufacturing, distribution, sales and value added opportunities such as viticulture.
- Exposing students to all aspects of the industry from Food Science to Sales
- Leadership program selects past interns to lead and help coordinate future programs.
Interns visiting Bayer
To learn more about the program, please contact Lacey Starkweather, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gallery of Photos from the recent Intern Series. Click on photo to open slideshow.
Hear from our interns...
In the future, I hope the Perishable Food Council tours will continue on because I know that there are many other food industries that I have not seen in California. Taking one semesters' worth of tour just doesn’t seem enough!
“In all, what I really wanted out of this internship was paid many times over. I wanted a glimpse at the different food aspects that may interest me. Being given a glimpse of many different options in the food industry has helped determine where my career may lead and I will be forever grateful.”