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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 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

Universities we have had interns from:

UC Berkley, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, California State University, University of San Francisco, *Cornell University, *Boston University School of Public Health, *Utah Valley University, *University of Delaware, *Miami University, *Liberty University, *The State University of New Jersey, 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, SMU, The University of Alabama, Manchester University, Dallas Baptist University, Clayton State University, University of Missouri, Indiana University Bloomington, University of Wisconsin, University of Maryland, Arizona State University, University of Maine, 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 1,200,000 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)
  • Candidates must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.


  • Produce bi-weekly newsletters for subscriber base (over 1,200,000 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)
  • Candidates must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.


  • 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)
  • Candidates must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.


  • 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.

Who can apply:

Due to logistical and time zone limitations, we do not accept interns from outside the United States.

If you are interested in learning more about functional foods, we highly encourage you to check out our Certified Functional Food Scientist/Professional programs, which are educational programs. For details about how to get started, payment, and program options, please click the link below.

Ready to Apply?

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