R&D Intern Summer 2024 (FONA)

Geneva, IL, US, 60134

McCormick & Company, Incorporated is seeking a full-time R&D Lab Technician Intern Summer 2024 at FONA located at 1900 Averill Rd, Geneva, IL.  This is a 10-week internship (June 2024 - August 2024) which requires 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday.



Our 10 week Summer Internship Program in Geneva, IL allows college students to get a glimpse into what it's like to be a part of the McCormick family - rich in flavor, culture, and employee empowerment.


During your time as an Intern you will sharpen your leadership skills, work on real-world challenges, and collaborate with the best leaders in the industry.  You will also have the opportunity to network with executives, participate in social events with other interns, and give back to the community. We are looking for the next generation of problem solvers to drive change within McCormick.  Are you up for the challenge?


PLEASE NOTE : Candidates who require visa sponsorship for employment now or in the future will not be considered for this position.


This role focuses on the application science of flavoring customer products in the Health and Nutrition Business segments (Healthcare, Performance Nutrition Beverage, Performance Nutrition Bars, Cannabis Edibles and Beverages). This person will work closely with Flavor Creations, Analytical Sciences, Regulatory, Product Safety and Quality, and Sales departments.




  • Assist Product Developers & Technicians with lab tasks / duties
  • Developing basic benchtop application / confection formulas
  • Setting up and screening flavors for oral evaluation
  • Responsible for the preparation / set-up of raw materials, finished products and retention samples
  • Manage lab inventory of raw materials, snack base, & supplies needed to support daily tasks.
  • Precise lab record / data keeping.
  • Maintain sanitation and lab organization
  • Setting up samples for daily sensory panel analysis of finished products and retention samples
  • Effectively communicate with related departments on projects and products as required



  • High school diploma or equivalency.
  • A minimum of twelve (12) college credits/CEUs OR in lieu of college credits, 1-2 years of lab experience.
  • Strong PC skills required. Experience operating in a Windows environment, managing files and handling data.
  • Experience in a Food manufacturing environment or lab and knowledge of food safety is a plus.
  • Professional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including conflict resolution.
  • Ability to be self-directed and motivated.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Ability to manage time and prioritize work effectively.
  • Experience following principles and making informed decision.
  • Strong troubleshooting skills and ability to identify analyze and solve problems.
  • Ability to present information to peers in a logical manner.
  • Must possess strong teamwork capabilities, flexibility to adjust to customer demands including weekends and overtime on short notice.
  • Ability to work in a challenging and fast paced environment with changing practices.
  • Ability to lift 10 pounds continuously, 20 pounds frequently and 50 pounds occasionally.
  • Solid math skills including the ability to work accurately with formulas and decimals.



  • SAP and Devex experience.
  • Experience maintaining confidential information.


McCormick & Company is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.


United by flavor. Driven by results.

As a McCormick employee you’ll be empowered to focus on more than your individual responsibilities. You’ll have the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself—to have a say in where the company is going and how it’s growing.

Between our passion for flavor, our 130-year history of leadership and integrity, the competitive and comprehensive benefits we offer, and our culture, which is built on respect and opportunities for growth, there are many reasons to join us at McCormick.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago