Innovation Intern Tech Center - Caldwell, ID

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. We are a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.


Simplot internships are designed to provide meaningful work experiences for students pursuing bachelor and master’s degree programs. All our internships are paid positions that are offered for a designated period. Each posting is unique with the duration and time commitment varied. Interns are assigned specific tasks to accomplish and are expected to participate in a variety of projects based on the business group. With these projects, interns can apply the skills and knowledge they are acquiring in school.


There are many benefits of pursuing an internship with the J.R. Simplot Company. Our goal is to play an integral role in a student’s educational journey by equipping them with marketable skills and an understanding of each of Simplot’s business groups. We strive to instill a strong desire to work at the Simplot Company after graduation.


Simplot’s Food Group delivers a market-leading lineup of relevant, delicious foods for foodservice across a product portfolio of frozen potatoes, french fries, sweet potato fries, flame-roasted fruit and vegetables, avocados, and more.  The R&D team plays a key role at Simplot to bring innovation and goodness to the plate, with great respect for Earth’s resources and giving back to the community.


Innovation Intern

We are seeking a motivated and creative Innovation Intern to join our team. In this role, you will work closely with our Front-End innovation group to assist in the development of new food concepts by building and using consumer and industry insights.  This role will sit within the Product Development department located the Simplot Technical Center in Caldwell, ID.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct research on consumer trends, market dynamics, and emerging technologies in the food industry. Generate, facilitate and analyze customer and consumer surveys
  • Assist in ideation and concept development for new food products. Support the creation of prototypes and assist in testing and refinement
  • Work closely with Marketing Insights to gather market insights and feedback for innovation platforms
  • Assist in the analysis of market data and consumer feedback to inform product decisions
  • Present project objective and key learnings to the Simplot Technical Center staff at the end of the internship

Typical Education

Must be currently enrolled in a college/university Bachelor's or Master's degree program in Food Science, Food Engineering, Food Technology, Culinary Science or a related field. May be enrolled in a Marketing or Business Analytics program with interest in the food industry.

Relevant Experience

  • Strong interest in food product development, consumer insights, and innovation
  • Excellent research and analytical skills
  • Experience with Design Thinking or other innovation methodologies a plus
  • Can work with minimal supervision
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Strongly computer proficient (will be using Insights and Research tools); PowerBi a plus

Required Certifications

Valid Driver's license

Other Information

  • Junior or Senior preferred
  • Limited travel
  • 40 hours/week, compensation based on year in school and academic years completed
  • This is a 12-week summer internship based in Caldwell, ID
  • Candidates local to the Boise area preferred


Job Requisition ID:  16847

Travel Required: Less than 10%

Location(s): FG Tech Center R&D - Caldwell

Country: United States

Wage range or rate of pay: $17 - $21.50/HR 

The compensation offered to the successful applicant may vary based on factors including experience, skills, education, location, and other job-related reasons.

Attractive total rewards package that includes:

  • Medical, dental, vision coverage
  • 401(k) savings plan
  • 10 Paid Holidays (where applicable)
  • Paid Time Off (where applicable)
  • Relocation Assistance Program (where applicable)
  • Education Assistance (where applicable)
  • Benefits details available at

**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.**