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Food Safety Internship at IFPA

The International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) is offering paid, 10-week project-based IFPA Career Pathways Summer Internships that explore subjects relevant to students' academic studies through hands-on experience with IFPA and the produce industry. The orientation and wrap-up weeks are in person at IFPA offices, and the other 8-weeks are online. There are three available internships:
Food Safety Interns will be responsible for supporting the IFPA Food Safety and Regulatory team, working in collaboration with Sustainability, Research and Government and Nutrition Policy interns. Interns will gain firsthand experience as to how federal food safety policy is developed, how foodborne illness outbreaks are handled, and how science and education promote industry implementation of risk-based preventive approaches to maintain the safety and quality throughout the fresh produce supply chain.
  • Create or update fact sheets on pathogens of concern to the produce industry (e.g., Salmonella, Cyclospora, Listeria), new food safety policies (e.g., sampling and testing, root cause analyses, etc.), quality-related industry challenges and regulations and/or practices (e.g., agricultural water safety), and other relevant topics.
  • Gather, compile, and summarize data and information related to outbreaks and recalls associated with fresh produce.
  • Work with member volunteer groups to capture the discussion of workgroup topics (e.g., on whole genome sequencing, produce safety audits).
  • Support the preparation of presentations for produce safety meetings and trainings.
  • Work collaboratively, applying knowledge and skills, to complete assigned projects
  • Build technical, leadership and communication skills
  • Develop emotional intelligence, problem solving and accountability competencies
  • Get firsthand experience of IFPA, the industry and its career opportunities
  • Benefit from structured peer-to-peer networking sessions, which, combined with the direct engagement with industry members and a personal ‘career ambassador,’ contribute to a robust learning environment
The program offers a Total Stipend of $4,400 for the 10-Weeks. This part-time internship requires approximately 20 hours each week and is tentatively scheduled to begin the week of May 15th and conclude July 17th. Travel costs for in-person meetings, accommodations, and other outlined expenses will be covered by IFPA, as is a laptop and internet service for those who need it.
Applications will be accepted through Friday, February 10th. Interested applicants who possess minimum qualifications for this position must first create an account to continue to the IFPA 2023 Summer Internship Application. For more details, please review the complete
Food Safety Internship Job Description which includes detailed application instructions.