R&D Intern Summer 2024


McCormick & Company, Incorporated is seeking a full-time R&D Summer Intern in Hunt Valley, MD located at 204 Wight Ave.  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 Hunt Valley, MD 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.

Position Overview

The Sensory Science Intern will work alongside the Sensory team, based in McCormick’s Technical Innovation Center in Maryland. The Sensory team at McCormick provides actionable consumer feedback to our R&D peers throughout the organization. The team is constantly looking for new methods and technologies to help us bring back best in class consumer insights to secure our product’s preference.

This position is a ten-week internship (June – August 2024) that requires working 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Typical working hours will fall between 8 AM and 5 PM.

Schedule accommodations will be made for the right candidate. This is a paid internship having a scaled hourly rate, dependent on experience. 


Key Responsibilities

  • Assist with data collection and processing. E.g., learning and using our current databases, statistical analysis tools and automated dashboards
  • Conduct an independent research project in an area of agreed upon mutual interest. Proposal, execution, and written and oral presentation expected at conclusion of internship.
  • Collaborate with our sensory scientists to understand data collection, data needs and make recommendations on structure and tools. Support may include working with existing tests’ data to create databases, analysis shortcuts and dashboards.
  • Orally present a summary of work completed and accomplishments at conclusion of internship.
  • Throughout the summer, the intern must demonstrate the ability to:

    • Learn from a new discipline (Sensory and Consumer Science)

    • Pair up with scientists to understand data needs

    • Identify areas of opportunity to streamline and align

    • Assess problems, and propose solutions

    • Ensure regular and transparent communication of project progress

    • Exhibit self-motivation and initiative


Required Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled as a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior going in the 2024-2025 academic year.
  • Currently pursuing a degree in Food Science, Psychology, Behavioral Science, Culinary Science, Data Science, or related field.
  • ​​​​​​​Project and time management
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Power Bi, and/or other programming languages (R, Python, etc.)

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.


As a general policy, McCormick does not offer employment visa sponsorships upon hire or in the future


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: Baltimore