Career Opportunities

The Places You'll Go

Many alumni have launched their careers in the food and pharmaceutical industries, clinical research, non-profit programs, healthcare fields, and regulatory agencies. Many work as food process innovators, product developers, regulatory agents, or laboratory researchers.

Food Science graduates are often employed by prominent companies such as Kraft, Unilever, and Frito-Lay. Others join regulatory agencies such as the FDA and USDA striving to strengthen food safety standards.

Bioprocessing Science graduates are desired by biotech companies at the forefront of new technologies, such as Biogen, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, and Novozymes. Careers in bioprocessing and biotechnology could lead to important solutions for global issues, such as climate change, food and energy security, and infectious diseases.

Graduates of Nutrition Sciences often earn positions in clinical trials research, the healthcare industry, or non-profit development. Many go on to pursue professional or graduate studies as registered dietitians and physician assistants.

See where you can go with a degree from FBNS.


Current Openings

External job boards that may benefit FBNS students and graduates include:

As we foster relationships with leaders in industry and our alumni, many reach out directly to recruit FBNS talent. The openings below are sent directly from our contacts and updated regularly. Positions will be removed once the posting has closed or after two months of promotion, whichever occurs first.



Degree Qualifications


Research and Development Intern
(2 positions)
Perdue Foods,  Salisbury, MD Rising Junior, Senior or Graduate Student pursuing a BS, MS or Ph.D. degree in a relevant field of study: Meat Science, Food Science, Packaging Science or related majors preferred 10/2/2023
Research Assistant I Michigan State University, Lansing, MI Bachelor’s degree in food science, human nutrition, psychology, neuroscience, chemistry, or a related science field 9/21/2023
Project Coordinator/Extension Associate NC State Extension, Raleigh, NC Post­-baccalaureate credentials or a Bachelor’s degree with at least three years of equivalent professional training and experience 9/19/2023
R&D Intern Summer 2024 McCormick, Hunt Valley, MD Sophomore, Junior, or Senior with enrollment as a Food Science, Engineering, Chemistry, Nutrition Science or other central science major for the 2023-2024 academic year. 9/8/2023
Food Science Internship US Army Combat Feeding Division, Natick, MA BS, MS, or Ph.D. in Food Sciences and Technology or related discipline 9/7/2023
R&D Food Scientist Summer Intern 2024 Tyson Foods, Inc., Arkansas Degree in food or meat science-related fields, preferred. Must be in good standing; entering Junior or Senior year or pursuing Master’s or Doctorate degree, required. 8/21/2023
RD&A Scientist Kerry MS or Ph.D. (bioprocess/biosystems engineering, food engineering, food science, chemical engineering, or another related field) 8/14/2023

NC State's Career Development Center

NC State’s Career Development Center offers ePACK, a system that allows you to search and apply for internships and jobs, schedule appointments with career counselors and on-campus interviews with employers, and find career fairs and related events.

Other resources to help develop your skills and connect with employers include:

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Professional Organizations

Professional organizations aim to advance a profession and support the interests of those working in that profession. They facilitate innovation, communication, and connection.

Popular organizations for FBNS students and alumni include:


Competitions allow students to gain experience, connect their interests to real-world projects, and potentially gain recognition.

Popular annual competitions for FBNS students include: