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Microbiology Intern

Date: May 12, 2022

Location: Wilmington, DE, US, 19803

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Job Description


IFF Health & Bioscience is a global leader in health, biosciences, food, beverage, and sensory - taste (flavor) and smell (scent) - experiences. We apply expert science to advance market-driven, healthy, and sustainable solutions for the food, beverage, dietary supplement, personal care, and pharmaceutical industries. We use cutting-edge biotechnology across our markets to advance bio-based solutions that meet the needs of a growing population while protecting our environment for future generations. IFF Health & Bioscience supplies 1 in 3 probiotic supplements and has been the key player in the lactic acid bacteria industry for >100 years. Our research focuses on the discovery of next generation probiotics, postbiotics, prebiotics and biological solutions driven by our state-of-the-art microbiome research using a systems biology approach.


IFF is seeking innovative, collaborative MS level graduate student to participate in our internship program at our Wilmington, DE Experimental Station site. IFF interns will have the opportunity to gain hands-on working experience while strengthening their professional skillset.


As a Microbiology / Molecular Biology intern, you will spend your time…


  • Enrichment and isolation of microbes from environmental and animal tissue samples (e.g., water samples, poultry gastrointestinal tracts, organ tissue, litter samples, etc.)
  • Development and execution of microbial functional assays (inhibition assays, biofilm assays)
  • Genetic characterization of strains using molecular biology and bioinformatic tools (PCR, qPCR, RAPDs, BioNumerics)
  • Use of high-throughput techniques and robotics

Job Requirements


We are looking for an intern who can work 10-15 hours per week during the Spring / Fall semesters and up to 40 hours during the summer months.  We are looking for someone who is currently working towards a Master’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Those pursuing a M.S. degree in Biological Sciences with preferences to Animal Health Sciences, Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostics, Medical Sciences or related disciplines will be considered. Other skills we are looking for include:


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Microbiology Lab experience
  • BSL-2 experience.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to work and complete projects within a team environment.


At IFF, we believe that your uniqueness unleashes our potential. We value the diverse mosaic of the ethnicity, national origin, race, age, sex or veteran status. We strive for an inclusive workplace that allows each of our colleagues to bring their authentic self to work regardless of their religion, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, or disability.

Nearest Major Market: Wilmington
Nearest Secondary Market: Philadelphia