Functional Food Center

Internships at FFC

For more than 18 years, Functional Food Center (FFC) has promoted research for further development and commercialization of functional foods for chronic diseases. Join us in the innovative work we do- either by organizing conferences, writing textbooks, or publishing peer-reviewed articles in the journal of Functional Foods in Health and Disease (FFHD). We are looking for dedicated and detail-oriented interns who are eager to learn and hone new skills. We especially welcome students who are looking for an internship with academic credit.

Whether you are looking for an internship to learn more about functional foods and chronic diseases or to develop future professional skills, FFC provides students with many options for personal growth and substantial experience to add to your resume.

Why intern with FFC?

FFC helps students and recent graduates learn more about functional food science and gain excellent research, writing, and copyediting skills. All internships are flexible and based on intern’s objectives. Plus, since all internships are virtual and remote, we accept students from all around the US and cater to their work availability.

As you finish your internship you will receive:
1) Certificate for internship
2) Certificate for a free 12-month membership for the Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds
3) One free conference registration within 12 months of internship
4) Support with recommendation letter if needed
5) If interested, possible academic credit

List of Universities we have had interns from:

UC Berkley

UC Irvine

UC Santa Barbara

California State University

University of San Francisco

Utah Valley University*

University of Delaware*

Miami University*

Doña Ana Community College

West Chester University

Texas Women's University

University of North Texas

Texas Wesleyan University

University of Michigan

The Ohio State University

UT Southwestern Medical Center

University of South Carolina

The University of Texas at Arlington

Ithaca College

VA Polytechnic Institute

Wayne State University

University of New Mexico

University of Bridgeport


The University of Alabama

Manchester University, North Manchester, IN

Dallas Baptist University

Clayton State University

University of Missouri, Columbia

Indiana University Bloomington

University of Wisconsin

University of Maryland

Arizona State University

University of Maine

The State University of New Jersey

Concordia College, New York

Syracuse University

Oakland University

Messiah College

Central Michigan University

San Antonio University

Universidad Bogota

Loyola University Maryland

Michigan State University

* Interns who received academic credit 

Available Internships:

Nutrition and Functional Foods Internship

FFC is seeking interns to write and/or edit bi-weekly newsletters for our 450,000 subscribers composed of scientists, medical doctors, dietitians, nutritionists, and food industry professionals. Also, to help edit, review, and publish articles submitted to the Journal of Functional Foods in Health and Disease (FFHD), a peer-reviewed and open access journal, that strives to develop concepts that help readers understand the mechanisms of disease and the creation of specific functional and medicinal foods used for the prevention and management of various diseases. Lastly, interns to help research and write portions of upcoming functional food textbooks.


  • University student or recent college graduate (Writing, English, Biology, or Food/Nutrition, or Health-related majors are welcome to apply)
  • Extensive editing, proofreading, organizational, and research skills
  • Publishing experience, a plus
  • 15-20 hours/week - flexible schedule (200 hours in total)


  • Produce bi-weekly newsletters for subscriber base (over 450,000 readers)
  • Edit, review, and publish articles submitted to the FFHD
  • Work on content for the upcoming functional food textbooks
  • Writing a review article for the scientific journal
  • Communicate with scientists and health professionals from all over the world

Marketing Internship

FFC is seeking interns who can participate in various stages of marketing for FFC products and conferences. You should be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment, and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of marketing.


  • University student or recent college graduate (Marketing/Advertising, Business, Communication, PR, Food/Nutrition, & Health-related majors are welcome to apply)
  • Marketing and sponsorship experience, a plus
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Extensive knowledge of web and social media
  •  15-20 hours/week - flexible schedule (200 hours in total)


  • Create awareness of journal and society through social media via LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google AdWords
  • Publish and post bi-weekly FFC newsletters to designated LinkedIn groups and individuals on LinkedIn
  • Work on sponsorship partners for FFC international conferences
  • Create database of food and medical industry representatives for future conferences using Excel
  • Utilize various marketing tools for the advertising of conferences, including Vertical Response, Google AdWords, LinkedIn, and website development
  • Communicate with scientists and health professionals from all over the world

Web/Graphic Design Internship

FFC is seeking interns who can help with updating FFC’s website, advertisements, conference badges, and design for conference and textbooks. This is a great opportunity to add to your resume and portfolio.


  • University student or recent college graduate (Web/graphic design, Marketing, PR, Computer Science, or Communications-related majors are welcome to apply)
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign, and proficiency in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator
  • Knowledge of Mac OS and software upgrades and proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
  • 15-20 hours/week - flexible schedule (200 hours in total)


  • Assists in the design and development of layouts for marketing materials
  • Responsible for incorporating current design trends into each unique layout to produce an up-to-date style for custom ads
  • Update website and web page with new content and imaging
  • Design layout for abstract books and textbooks
  • Design handouts (badges, notebooks, bags, etc.) for conferences

More information on a remote internship:

We offer remote internships for students, so interns can work anywhere with reliable internet. All remote interns are required to sign in and out of Skype at the beginning and end of their shift for that day so we can communicate about tasks, projects, instructions, and any questions or ideas they may have. Sometimes we will also have Skype calls to provide better instructions and discuss questions as well, so it is very important for interns to be able to ask questions. In addition, many projects are done via Google doc or sheet so we can review intern's progress and give feedback. Lastly, we give our interns a mid-internship survey to fill out and at the end of the survey to make sure we are helping our interns achieve their objectives for the internship and how we can be a better help for them.

Ready to Apply?

If you are interested in interning with FFC, please specify which internship in the subject line and email your resume to 

Rotational Program at FFC

The Functional Food Center is proud to announce a new employment opportunity. FFC is now offering a one to two-year rotational program to assist college graduates in learning more about the industry of functional foods as well as gaining knowledge in many other areas our company. The program will guide participants in conference coordination, book publishing, journal article editing, grant writing, marketing, and more. Through this program, you will be communicating with professionals in the field of functional foods and collaborate with scientists internationally. You may be able to submit a joint article to FFHD peer-reviewed, open access journal. The goal of the FFC rotational program is to provide participants with the experience and tools needed to succeed in the functional food industry and functional food science.

Participants will:

  • Have ongoing training for further development
  • Gain professional development
  • Learn a variety of different skills
  • Bring new ideas to the company
  • Apply learned skills firsthand

FFC realizes that not everyone knows exactly what to do after graduation and many people need time to explore their options. It is FFC’s goal to help those searching to find success in an area of interest through our rotational program. The rotational program is a part-time paid position that enables workers to gain insight on their future career.

This program is currently open to all those who have completed a minimum of 80 internship hours at FFC.

If you are interested in applying for this great opportunity please email to discuss further details about the program and create a personalized rotational program to fit your interests and abilities.

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