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RD&A Summer Intern

Job Category:  Research and Development
Work Location:  Corbion Site
Office Location: 

Lenexa, KS, US

Job Type:  Intern
Job ID:  2134

At Corbion, we exist to champion preservation in all its forms, preserving food and food production, health, and our planet.


Corbion is looking for an Intern who currently or recently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program with an interest and aptitude to work in the ingredient solutions industry supporting internal projects for use in various product segments. This internship is designed to be both educational and practical. In this position, the intern will learn how to take skills she or he may have acquired in school related to his or her particular areas of interest, and apply them to a professional setting. He or she will gain a better understanding of the role that a student/entry level team member can play in a corporate setting, and be better prepared to work in the arena of ingredient solutions.  He or she will have the opportunities to network, define, and build relationships within our business operations, sales, and research & development departments, acting as a great teammate to meet internal deadlines and expectations. Our organization is focused on delivering solutions that bring value for our customers and have decades of experience in the ingredient solutions industry.



  • Managing work projects, working both independently and collaboratively with others, to meet project timelines and deliverables
  • Conducting literature searches, assimilate information and to apply to benchtop trials to advance projects
  • Working with team members to design, conduct and analyze trials and experimental data
  • Maintaining a clean, safe work environment; following established guidelines for good housekeeping, GMP s, and safety
  • Working with our team members and other internal colleagues to meet target objectives
  • Presenting new ingredients post-processing, project status, updates and outcomes to team and key partners
  • Identify areas that can be improved and constructively propose new solutions that increase value and improve business performance; as well as explore multiple possibilities for tackling challenges, think out of the box to determine the best solution
  • Conduct business analysis drawing from needs in the industry to understand and support new business opportunities for Corbion
  • Challenge the status quo and promote ambitious thinking in order to add new value
  • Integrate data sets from multiple sources and utilize tools to support department initiatives and projects
  • Participate in Lunch & Learns, and internship training programs
  • Assist with ad hoc projects as assigned by department staff


Skills, Qualifications, and Education Requirements:

  • Progress towards a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Food Science, Chemistry, Microbiology, Engineering, or Business
  • Basic knowledge and experience in Microsoft Office programs, including, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Interest in hands-on food product or food ingredient development using laboratory and pilot plant equipment/processes
  • Familiarity with experimental design, statistical data analysis and interpretation of results
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written technical communication skills, e. g. making presentations and writing technical reports
  • Ability to think and work independently while collaborating with others in a team-based environment
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver against agreed deadlines
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and handle numerous assignments simultaneously
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Good organization skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Attention to detail


About Corbion

Corbion is the global market leader in lactic acid and its derivatives, and a leading supplier of emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins, and algae ingredients. We use our unique expertise in fermentation and other processes to deliver sustainable solutions for the preservation of food and food production, health, and our planet. For over 100 years, we have been uncompromising in our commitment to safety, quality, innovation and performance. Drawing on our deep application and product knowledge, we work side-by-side with customers to make our cutting-edge technologies work for them. Our solutions help differentiate products in markets such as food, home & personal care, animal nutrition, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and bioplastics. In 2020, Corbion generated annual sales of   € 986.5 million and has a workforce of over 2250 employees. Corbion is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. For more information: www.corbion.com


Corbion is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workplace.  All applicants will be considered equally without regard to race, color, ethnicity, veteran status, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, handicapping condition, membership in an organization or any other non-merit factors.


Corbion provides reasonable accommodation to applicants.




Corbion does not accept unsolicited resumes from individual recruiters or third party recruiting agencies in response to job postings. No fee will be paid to third parties who submit unsolicited candidates directly to our hiring managers. All candidates must be submitted by approved Corbion vendors who have been expressly requested to make a submission by our Talent Acquisition team for a specific job opening. No placement fees will be paid to any firm unless such a request has been made by the Corbion Talent Acquisition team and such candidate was submitted to the Corbion Talent Acquisition Team.

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