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Sensory Intern

Voyage Foods

Voyage Foods

Thousand Oaks, CA, USA · Oakland, CA, USA · California, USA · United States
Posted on Monday, May 27, 2024

Who we are

At Voyage Foods, our mission is to make delicious, sustainable and accessible foods that are better for people and the planet. All of our products work together to support and sustain a food system designed for everyone, now and into the future. We're a team of food scientists, CPG experts, and professionals with a passion for making good food available for generations to come.

What do peanut butter, chocolate and coffee have in common? They're some of our favorite foods, but are inaccessible and unsustainable. That's why we created our Nut-Free Spreads, Cocoa-Free Chocolate and Bean-Free Coffee. From food allergies to climate change and unjust labor practices, the foods we love are in serious need of an upgrade. Our future-proofed foods are always top 9 allergen-free, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, affordable and most importantly, utterly delicious.

Voyage Foods has raised over $94 million to enable the growth of our teams as well as support demand generated from our retail and B2B partnerships. Voyage Foods’ Series A was led by UBS O-Connor and Level One Fund with participation from Horizons Ventures, SOSV’s Indie Bio, and others. It’s a great time to join our team!

How We Work

We’re a rapidly growing team of people who value diversity in all its forms. We love adding new perspectives and appreciate those who ask questions that help us challenge assumptions, explore new directions, and improve what we’ve already built. We are a group of like-minded difference makers. Curiosity drives our development. We have tenacity and a risk-taking mentality at every level of our organization to keep challenging normalcy. We believe it’s our responsibility to create an environment in which every person can bring their full, authentic selves to work. We push each other to be our best and do our products proud.

About The Role

We are looking for individuals who are detail oriented and thrive in dynamic environments, enjoy interacting with others, and possess exceptional interpersonal skills. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, approachable, and capable of building positive relationships with colleagues and panelists. As a Sensory Intern, you will assist in conducting sensory evaluations and tests to assess the quality, taste, texture, and aroma of our products. Your primary responsibilities will include organizing sensory panels, preparing samples for evaluation, recording and analyzing data, and providing insightful observations and recommendations.

This is a remote hourly position.

What You’ll Do

  • Assist in the organization and execution of sensory tests and evaluations.
  • Prepare samples for sensory analysis, ensuring accuracy and consistency.
  • Support the setup and maintenance of sensory testing facilities and equipment.
  • Record and analyze sensory data, including taste preferences, product attributes, and consumer feedback.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to communicate sensory findings and contribute to product improvement initiatives.
  • Maintain detailed records of sensory tests, results, and observations.
  • Participate in training sessions to enhance sensory evaluation skills and knowledge.
  • Adhere to company policies and procedures regarding product safety, quality, and confidentiality.

What makes you successful / What makes a great candidate

  • Currently pursuing a degree with coursework related to Food Science, Nutrition, Sensory Science, or a related field.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy in sensory evaluation processes.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Clear communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Prior experience in sensory evaluation or food science research is a plus but not required.
  • Enthusiasm for food and beverage products and a keen interest in sensory science.


United States-based roles only: This is a termed, non-exempt position with an hourly range of $22.00-$25.00 per hour. At Voyage Foods, we approach each individual's compensation with a promise of fair market value and internal equity commensurate with experience and specific skill set.

Physical Demands

  • Tasting and comparing the tastes of a full range of foods and food products (including dairy, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, grains, nuts, meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, spices, and other foods) for different characteristics, such as appearance, smell, taste, flavor, and quality of ingredients.
  • Prolonged periods of standing and serving samples