Internship - Food Safety & Quality Associate

General Mills

General Mills

Quality Assurance
United States
Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Job Description


Food Safety & Quality (FSQ) leads programs and provides technical expertise to ensure the safety, regulatory compliance and quality of General Mills food.


General Mills was named #1 Best Place to Work for New Grads by Forbes and a Top 100 Intern Programs in the US. 


The FSQ Associate will be a key team player on their assigned system(s), with no two days the same within the manufacturing facility. The variety of tasks include: evaluate and implement food safety and quality systems improvements; collect, analyze and interpret data to make Quality driven process capability improvements and assess risk using problem solving techniques.


Key FSQ Responsibilities

  • Lead safety and quality strategy and take action to address gaps and effectively mitigate risk.
  • Collaborate with internal business partners in R&D, Operations, Engineering and Maintenance to validate manufacturing controls and system capability to meet consumer and specification requirements.
  • Manage issues with non-confirming product including risk assessment, data driven decision making and eliminate future occurrences through root cause analysis. 
  • Protect General Mills’ brands and engender consumer trust by ensuring the manufacturing of safe, quality food.
  • Gain exposure to building external relationships with regulatory, industry and audit agencies in support of global manufacturing.
  • Learning from and Leading Operators, Technicians and Mechanics to grow your coaching, team building and people-development skill set.

Interns will experience a robust 10-week program leading business critical projects. Assignments include a variety of manufacturing locations across the country.



  • Great people who deliver outstanding results and are developing technical & business acumen
  • Learning & cultural agility, curiosity & inventiveness are key in Food, Safety & Quality
  • Strong interpersonal & communication skills, passion, enthusiasm, and professional maturity
  • Exemplary people, technical, and process leadership that is ready for an “on the manufacturing floor and hands on” experience!


  • Pursuing any degree, but typically a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D degree in Food Science or Engineering (primarily Chemical / Food Process / Packaging / Industrial / Material Science)

The hourly rate for this position is $23.65 - $27.69/hour. At General Mills we strive for each employee’s pay at any point in their career to reflect their experiences and skills for their role. The pay for this role represents numerous factors considered in the hiring decision including, but not limited to, educational degree in process, major of study and year in school. Beyond pay, General Mills offers a competitive Total Rewards package focusing on your overall development, including subsidized housing & relocation (if applicable & requirements are met), a summer of learning and fun, health benefits, wellbeing support and perks. Specific benefits may vary by role, location, and other employment status factors. 


Applicants for employment in the US must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States and with General Mills (i.e., H1-B visa, F-1 visa (OPT), TN visa or any other non-immigrant status).


We exist to make food the world loves. But we do more than that. Our company is a place that prioritizes being a force for good, a place to expand learning, explore new perspectives and reimagine new possibilities, every day. We look for people who want to bring their best — bold thinkers with big hearts who challenge one other and grow together. Because becoming the undisputed leader in food means surrounding ourselves with people who are hungry for what’s next.