Research Development Intern - Caldwell, ID (15125)

The J.R. Simplot Company
Caldwell, MD
United States
Job Description

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. We are a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.


There are many benefits of pursuing an internship with the J.R. Simplot Company. Our goal is to play an integral role in a student’s educational journey by equipping them with marketable skills and an understanding of each of Simplot’s business groups. We strive to instill a strong desire to work at the Simplot Company after graduation.

Simplot’s Food Group delivers a market-leading lineup of relevant, delicious foods for foodservice across a product portfolio of frozen potatoes, french fries, sweet potato fries, flame-roasted fruit and vegetables, avocados, and more.  The R&D team plays a key role at Simplot to bring innovation and goodness to the plate, with great respect for Earth’s resources and giving back to the community.

Product Development Intern

The Product Development Intern has the responsibility of working with the Food Scientists and Product Development Technologists and Technicians to understand and apply fundamental Food Science principles.  Gathering data and applying these principles help companies to make decisions based on objective rather than subjective factors.


Key Objectives/ Deliverables

  • Work alongside a Product Development Sr Food Scientist designing an experiment using food science principles.

  • Work with the Product Development team executing the design of experiment, collecting and analyzing data and report writing.

  • Support current business needs. Work with cross-functional team including marketing, quality assurance and process R&D to support the Product Development process.

  • Present the project objective and key learnings to the Simplot Technical Center staff at the end of the internship.

Typical Education

  • High School diploma and entry level college

  • Basic knowledge of fundamental Food science principles and materials

Additional Skills / Preferences

  • Food Science courses

  • strong work ethic

  • Self-starter

  • Can work with minimal supervision

  • Good written and verbal communication skills

  • Computer proficient (Microsoft Word, Excel)

Other Information

  • Limited travel

  • 40 hours/week, compensation based on year in school and academic years completed

  • This is a 12-week summer internship based in Caldwell, ID

Job Requisition ID:  15125

Travel Required: None

Location(s): FG Tech Center R&D - Caldwell

Country: United States

Wage range or rate of pay: $17 - $21.50/HR 

The compensation offered to the successful applicant may vary based on factors including experience, skills, education, location, and other job-related reasons.

Attractive total rewards package that includes:

  • Medical, dental, vision coverage

  • 401(k) savings plan

  • 10 Paid Holidays

  • Paid Time Off (where applicable)

  • Relocation Assistance Program (where applicable)

  • Education Assistance (where applicable)

  • Benefits details available at

**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.**