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Product Development, Coffee Intern

Voyage Foods

Oakland, california

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Full Job Description

The Product Development,Coffee Intern will help our product development team develop and prepare prototype formulations. They will be responsible for assisting with the preparation of sensory samples, small scale consumer samples, compound dilutions and flavor blending for production. 

This is a non-exempt, non-supervisory position based at our Oakland, CA HQ location and will report directly to the R&D Project Lead. 

About You
You are highly-motivated and experienced enough to hit the ground running from day one. You're inquisitive and understand which questions to ask, and how to apply sufficient scientific rigor to answer them. You aren’t afraid to articulate ideas and aren’t afraid to be wrong. Lastly, a startup work environment appeals to you and you’re not afraid to laugh at yourself.

Department Spotlight:

Join the dynamic Coffee Team at Voyage Foods as we offer a unique opportunity for one motivated intern to dive into the world of coffee innovation. As an intern with Voyage Foods, you'll be at the forefront of shaping the future of coffee, contributing directly to the refinement of our processing methods.

This internship is designed to provide hands-on experience in optimizing coffee processing techniques, including extraction, concentration, evaporation, and drying across a range of coffee formats. You'll collaborate closely with our multidisciplinary teams, including sensory, analytical, and flavor experts, ensuring that our products achieve the pinnacle of quality and taste.

If you're passionate about coffee and eager to make your mark in an innovative environment, this internship is your gateway to a dynamic and rewarding experience. Join Voyage as we push the boundaries of coffee excellence together.

What you’ll do

  • Prepare small and medium scale formulation batches of various products
  • Preparation of compound stocks and dilutions as needed
  • Preparation of compound blends for production as needed
  • Help with product development and sensory analysis
  • Help with experimental design, execution, analysis and reporting
  • Safely handle and prepare large volumes of laboratory chemicals
  • Document all experimental procedures in a laboratory notebook 

What makes you successful / What makes a great candidate 

  • Studying Food Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology or a related field. Second or third year students preferred.
  • Knowledge of solution preparation and use of lab equipment including analytical balances and micropipettes is preferred.
  • Willingness to learn and appetite for personal/professional growth
  • Highly detail-oriented with the ability to stay organized
  • Ability to effectively communicate with different functional groups

Physical Demands

  • Tasting and comparing the tastes of a full range of foods and food products (including dairy, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, grains, nuts, meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, spices, and other foods) for different characteristics, such as appearance, smell, taste, flavor, and quality of ingredients.
  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer 


United States-based roles only: This is a termed, non-exempt  position with an hourly range of $22.00-$25.00 per hour. At Voyage Foods, we approach each individual's compensation with a promise of fair market value and internal equity commensurate with experience and specific skill set.


  • Ongoing Team Events, including Weekly Friday Lunches
  • Sick Time Accrual

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