Research and Development 2023 Summer Intern
Minneapolis Research and Development - PURIS Holdings
Job Type

Summer 2023

Join PURIS and be a part of our aspiration to build a PLANT STRONG PLANET.

The goal of this Research and Development internship position is to provide opportunities for students to gain real world Research experience in the Protein and Food Innovation industry and to help students develop professionally in a progressive manner with an increasing amount of responsibility. The position will provide an excellent opportunity to gain real world experience while working under the supervision of experienced Food Scientists to meet the company goals pertaining to process improvement, design, product commercialization, and continuous improvement in Food Safety, Quality, and Innovation.

All Research and Development Interns must also embody the PURIS Core Values: Integrity, Leadership, Openness, Global Vision, Adaptability, and Partnership.

Summary of Essential Job Functions:

Benchtop Assistance

  • Help increase R&D productivity by assisting in preparing, testing, and cleaning up after batches.
  • Creation of formulas as directed by R&D Team.
  • Conducting experiments to obtain data for white papers.
  • Conducting ingredient characterization research
  • Assisting in maintaining lab policies and procedures (ex. GMP, Ingredient Inventory, Nutrition Software Management, etc.)

Shipping Process

  • Maintaining samples shipment process.

Marketing Assistance

  • Assist the marketing team in preparing food for marketing material shoots.
  • Assist in prepping samples and marketing material for tradeshows and events.
  • Help develop content for blogs, social media and other upcoming events.
  • Other fun projects and duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma required
  • Pursuing a degree in food science or other relevant field
  • Minimum GPA 2.7

Additional Requirements:

  • Demonstrated strong teamwork skills, with the ability to lead, participate and/or work directly with cross-functional teams and/or individuals
  • Demonstrated strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated clear, informative, persuasive and collaborative verbal and written communication skills.
  • Resourceful, continuous learner who enjoys solving problems and challenges.
  • Self-motivated and committed to safety and quality
  • Work well independently and within diverse groups.
  • An ideal candidate would have the potential to be hired full-time in PURIS Research and Development the internship.

Documents required for application: Cover Letter, Resume, Academic Prep with grades and GPA (please include and indicate all transferred courses, along with courses in progress)

PURIS brings growers, makers, and eaters together to feed the growing plant-based revolution. We are reimagining what it means to be environmental stewards at every step in the food journey from seed to shelf.

Join the MOST INNOVATIVE FOOD COMPANY OF 2021 named by Fast Company Magazine!

Innovation is in the PURIS DNA. Since 1985, our company’s focus has been feeding people, and as luck would have it, the path to nourishing people mirrors the path to nourishing the planet, itself. And what began as a mission to breed more resilient crops has blossomed into something much greater -- a company taking leaps forward in regenerative agriculture, state of the art manufacturing processes, food security, and global supply chain transparency.

Check out our website ( to learn more or email for more info.

PURIS is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

The hiring process for successful candidates includes successfully completing a team interview, background check, pre-employment physical, and negative drug screen. We E-verify all new hires.