R&D Sample Services Intern (FONA)

Geneva, IL, US, 60134

McCormick & Company, Incorporated is seeking a full-time R&D 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.


Launch your career with a Global Leader in Flavor 


At McCormick, you'll join us in “Saving the World From Boring Food” and fulfill your desire to be a part of something bigger than yourself.  Employees throughout our global corporation are united by two things - a passion for flavor and driving results. People are drawn to McCormick because of a culture that challenges them to reach their full potential.  


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.


R&D Sample Services Intern provides essential support to McFONA’s Sample Services and Sensory programs. 



Daily Tasks include:

  • Entering samples into inventory, removing spent samples, monitoring shipping supplies, packaging
  • Assist Sample Sections Team by retrieving selected samples from the Kardex
  • Maintain the Kardex by returning samples and removing expired flavors

Projects include:

  • Organizing and maintaining a stock of pre-selected groups of flavors using spreadsheets and our inventory system
  • Working with Sensory to provide flavor samples for on-going projects
  • Overseeing descriptors generated for a flavor library. Tasks would include:
    • Procuring flavor samples for the project
    • Setting up these samples in the Sensory Lab for tasting
    • Working with the Descriptive Analysis Panel to generate descriptors
    • Processing these results through Compusense and creating an Excel spreadsheet


Cross training with other McCormick FONA departments according to the Intern’s interests including the Sample Service Shipping and Flavor Selections Team.



  • Current enrollment in science or math related college program.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint required,
  • Skills in organizing and maintaining a sample library or inventory preferred.
  • Experience working in a laboratory environment preferred.
  • Prior exposure to and/or familiarity with food manufacturing and GMPs preferred.
  • Ability to lift 25 to 50 pounds preferred.
  • Ability to work independently, learn new tasks, solve problems, and show strong self-motivation and initiative required.
  • Must be able to quickly identify items based on labeling. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment is required.


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