Internship Specialized Nutrition ingredient interactions in powdered infant formula products

Would you like to contribute to the development of high-quality infant formula products for the brand Friso? Are you curious about understanding ingredient interactions and how these interactions impact the final product properties? Then we are looking for you!

The R&D department of Specialized Nutrition in Wageningen is developing new and improved products and processes for infants and toddlers for the Greater China market. For this vulnerable group, nutritious products with premium quality are critical. Premium quality for our consumers includes the ease of dissolving the infant formula powder and this will therefore be the focus of this internship.

Internship Specialized Nutrition ingredient interactions in powdered infant formula products

What we ask

To be successful in this position, you have/ are:

  • Final year of relevant MSc/BSc study, e.g., Food Technology, with good foundation of food technology and food ingredients, and basic knowledge of dairy technology and processes;
  • Skillful communicator within R&D and towards colleagues, in English language, both oral and written;
  • Independent in project planning and organizational skills;
  • Pragmatic, proactive, hands-on mentality, flexible and creative;
  • Ambition to pursue a future career in product development.

What we offer

We offer an interesting and challenging internship position, providing you the opportunity to develop yourself in your work field. You can count on sufficient professional supervision and a reasonable internship allowance.

If you have any questions regarding this internship position, please contact, Esther de Kort (

We only process applications received via the website.

Vacancy description

In this internship we will focus on understanding and optimizing the ingredient interactions in the concentrated wet phase before spray drying. These interactions impact spray drying and, subsequently, the solubility of the final infant formula powder.

You will start this internship by collecting internal/external information about what is known so far. After preparing a research proposal, you will perform lab trials and analyses on the prepared samples. You interpret and present results regularly to the relevant stakeholders and will write a final report at the end of your internship.

This is a 6 month internship with a preferable starting date in August/September 2024.

Staying true to who you really are, that is your starting point at FrieslandCampina. Because it is precisely by embracing our differences that we can grow together. We want to create a working environment that allows all employees to bring their best and authentic selves. If who we are suits you, but you're not sure if you're the best fit for the role, we still encourage you to apply so we can help you find the role that fits you best.

You will work in the Specialized Nutrition team, which consists of c.a. 60 colleagues working on infant food. You will report regularly to a senior development specialist, who will help set the scope of your internship. Moreover, you will be in close contact with research development experts and will get help from lab technicians and regular discussions and support by development specialists.  The work will be based in our Wageningen Innovation Centre and your home office.

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