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Food Science R & D Intern

Pacific Seafood has a robust internship program where our goal is to provide a real-world, meaningful experience, where you are exposed to genuine work for an industry leader dedicated to providing the healthiest protein on the planet.

As an intern, you’ll network with cross-functional teams, other interns and company leaders. In addition to your daily responsibilities, you’ll make a valuable contribution to our team by managing projects from start to finish. Projects are driven by business need and you’ll have the opportunity to give a final presentation to our leadership team, showcasing your awesome work.

As a key member of our growing team of food science professionals, the Food Science R&D Intern will be responsible for analyzing and recommending improvements to various stages of seafood production, focusing primarily on Pacific Seafood’s fresh shucked oyster products. The Food Science R&D Intern will be based at the west coast’s largest shucking/packing plant in South Bend, Washington, otherwise known as the “oyster capital of the world”.

Duties include but not limited to:

  • Be a role model in projecting and applying The Pacific Group Diamond Philosophy (Productivity, Quality, Teamwork and Excellence) and promote teamwork at all times.
  • Partner with team members in production to develop an understanding of the entire seafood production process, associated process flows, and costing models through hands-on experience, observation and analysis.
  • Assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the various stages in the seafood production process.
  • Document current-state processes and prepare future-state project proposals, summaries and performance measurements.
  • Observe and analyze plant operations, making recommendations that lead to increased yield, improved product quality, and production efficiencies.
  • Develop monitoring systems that can be used by plant personnel post-internship.
  • Work directly with production supervisors and QA team in monitoring and maintaining FSMA (food safety) and quality standards.
  • Support plant GMP and SSOP practices, ensuring regulatory requirements and customer expectations are met.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate degree Food Science, Food Technology, Food Manufacturing or related field, with a targeted graduation between May 2018 & June 2019
  • Must have experience simplifying complex information and presenting to diverse audiences, including senior leadership


  • Prior work experience in a related field.
  • Food Engineering or Food Systems Chemistry coursework, knowledge of Operations Management and Supply Chain a plus.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations or Other Requirements

  • Valid driver’s license


Other Knowledge, Skills or Abilities Required

  • Advanced analytical skills in Excel.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word & Visio.
  • Ability to cross-functionally network, influence and utilize internal and external resources
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to decipher themes and create stories from large datasets
  • Inquisitive, creative, and process orientated mindset
  • Ability to travel as needed.

Founded in 1941 by the Dulcich Family, Pacific Seafood remains a family-owned and operated company dedicated to providing the healthiest protein on the planet. Pacific Seafood manages all parts of the supply chain from harvesting/fishing to processing, and distribution in order to provide customers with fresh, sustainable, high-quality products. Pacific Seafood Group is headquartered in Clackamas, OR. It employs more than 3,000 team members across 40+ facilities in 11 states.