Operations Intern - Processing (Summer 2023)

Operations
Coopersville, MI
Internship

About fairlife, LLC

Job details

fairlife, LLC is a Chicago-based dairy company that creates great-tasting, nutrition-rich and value-added products to nourish consumers.

With more than $1B in annual retail sales, fairlife’s growing portfolio of delicious, lactose-free, real dairy products includes: fairlife® ultra-filtered milk; Core Power® High Protein Shakes, a sports nutrition drink to support post-workout recovery; fairlife® nutrition plan™, a nutrition shake to support the journey to better health.

A wholly owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola company, fairlife, LLC has been recognized by both Fast Company and Nielsen for its industry leading innovation.

The company is driven by its values of caring for people, the animals that supply us with milk, and the planet. By providing nourishing products, implementing stringent care standards for animals, and stewarding efficient operations and responsible packaging, fairlife, LLC puts a focus each day on making a positive impact for all. 

To learn more about fairlife and its complete line of products, please visit fairlife.com.

about our internship program:

The Fairlife Summer Internship Program is designed to welcome interns across our locations to gain meaningful experience and social and professional development opportunities. For 10 weeks, interns will work in one of our three locations: Chicago, IL, Coopersville, MI, or Goodyear, AZ. fairlife’s paid internship program also offers a summer full of social, professional, and community engagement events including exposure to our senior leadership and executives across the business in small group settings, insight into company initiatives, off-site field trips, and for those qualified and selected, an opportunity to pursue a full-time job opportunity.

The fairlife 2023 Summer Internship Program will take place from 6/5 through 8/11 at one of the fairlife locations: Chicago, IL, Coopersville, MI, or Goodyear, AZ.

job purpose: The Processing Intern will be focused on supporting multiple initiatives within the Processing department including development of training materials around our batching operation, streamlining our sanitation programs, and developing tools to help monitor key process indicators in Processing.  This 10-week program provides the student with an opportunity to learn and develop their teamwork and people management skills. 

skills/qualifications required:

  • Must be currently enrolled in a four-year undergraduate degree program, entering the fall semester as a sophomore, junior, or senior or are working towards a graduate degree
  • Preferred focus on Engineering, Food Science, or other food processing field.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0, or higher
  • Demonstrated ability to work well within a team dynamic and environment. 
  • Ability to analyze large amounts of data and develop actions based on that data to improve the process. 
  • Ability to handle ambiguity and work in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment

project overview and guidelines:

  • Write SOP’s and procedures for current CIP systems.
  • Optimize CIP cycles in conjunction with Hydrite and plant sanitation support to drive chemical and time savings in Processing. 
  • Work in conjunction with R&D, Batching Tech to optimize batching procedures and mix instructions on all product families.  Looks for way to reduce cycle time without compromising product quality or consistency. 

learning objectives:

  • Gain working knowledge of CIP systems with production manufacturing environment. 
  • Develop knowledge of current batching systems, and procedures and how to optimize the procedure to reduce non-productive time in the batching cycle. 
  • Work in a team environment and grow leadership skills needed to a lead a team or project. 

working conditions and physical requirements:

  • Up to 10 hours sitting/standing/walking
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

food safety requirements:

  • Notify supervision of any repairs or adjustments that are required that may affect product quality or food safety.
  • Understand, observe, and comply with the handling and usage of the color-coded container policy while in the Production Areas.
  • Perform all duties necessary to meet Company, Customer and/or Government requirements/standards as prioritized by the Company.
  • Ability to initiate action to prevent the occurrence of nonconformities relating to Food Safety and the Quality of the product, processes, quality system, or safety system.
  • Identify and record any problems relating to Food Safety and the Quality of the ingredients, processes, quality system, or safety system.
  • Control further processing or delivery of nonconforming product in terms of Food Safety and Quality issues until the deficiency or unsatisfactory condition has been corrected.
  • In the event of absence, another employee with the same skill level will assume the duties and responsibilities as required.

internship location: Coopersville, Michigan

schedule: On-site, Monday-Friday with a set schedule

internship duration: 6/5 through 8/11

reports to: Sr. Processing Manager

fairlife, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. All qualified applicants and employees will be given equal opportunity. Selection decisions are based on job-related factors.

In addition to its nondiscrimination commitment, the Company will also provide reasonable accommodation of qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the Company. If you have a disability and would like to request accommodation in order to apply for a position with us, please email [email protected].

fairlife, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. All qualified applicants and employees will be given equal opportunity. Selection decisions are based on job-related factors.

In addition to its nondiscrimination commitment, the Company will also provide reasonable accommodation of qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the Company. If you have a disability and would like to request accommodation in order to apply for a position with us, please email [email protected].