/ Asked by Joice
Hi, I am looking for internships in the field of food science in the food industry around Seattle, Washington. There don't seem to be many available and most entry-level positions don't seem to be posted online. What should be my search strategy?
Answered by Tanya, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on Monday, March 2, 2015
In my past career I worked in the service industry and what I can tell you is that many of these entry level positions are word of mouth. I would also recommend signing up to an intern specific job posting as many times companies will solely advertise and opportunity through this specific medium.

Your question did not mention but, ensure you are searching for the right opportunities, i.e food science versus culinology.
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Monday, March 2, 2015
If you have not worked with your career office you might want to consider that.  Often they have contacts from companies that visit on campus so that is always something to consider.  Another tip would be to research companies in Seattle of interest.  You might find places that are seeking summer help/internships.  The last tip to offer is networking.  Networking is always a way to get in the door.  Often these types of opportunities are not well advertised so networking comes in handy.

Good luck! 
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Have you tried connecting with companies on LinkedIn that are in the food industry and are also located in Seattle, Washington? Their LinkedIn pages might have more information regarding where to find their job postings or even when they make the majority of their jobs available. Sometimes they even have jobs posted on their page as well that you will find of interest. Another recommendation I have is to go to your career services office at your school. They often have contacts from companies that that will be of interest to you. Networking with these individuals will be key in achieving an internship in the food industry. Good luck!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Good morning,
As you start your internship search when it is location specific sometimes it is best to start with your college career services department. That office on campus has connections and relationships with various businesses and can help you narrow your search.
Best of luck!


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