Culinary Science

Food science meets food art in culinary science. If you are looking for a career in food product development where both food science knowledge and culinary creativity come together, this is the program for you!

The Culinary Science degree program is a food science-based degree in which students develop basic culinary skills along with knowledge of the accompanying sciences. As a graduate, you’ll combine food product development skills and entrepreneurial talents with scientific and technological knowledge.

Course requirements

Careers and internships

As a culinary scientist, you will be prepared for employment in food research and development, food marketing, test kitchens, and much more. You’ll gain real-world experience by completing an internship  in food science or the culinary industry. 

Internship Handbook »


Checklist (doc)

Approval Form (doc)

Contact Information Form (Editable PDF)

Weekly Journal Form (doc)

Profile Form (doc)

Cooperating Supervisor Evaluation Form (doc)

FERPA Consent to Release/Share Student Work (Editable PDF)

Career services

Students and alumni of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University are eligible to use the career services in both the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Human Sciences.

Culinary science internship examples

The following are internships completed by other culinary science students: 

Sarah Brekke Iowa State University, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Stephanie DeJong Scratch Cupcakery
Steph Ferguson The Des Moines Embassy Club
Bailey Finn Fincel’s Farm
Emma Grinde General Mills
Angie Gutierrez The Soyfoods Council
Melissa Hansen Hy-Vee, Inc.
Lauren Ingebrand Sara Lee Corporation
Baili Kerns Tyson Foods
Justine Mattuissi Iowa State University, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Krista McCarty Iowa State University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Samantha Mila Meredith Corporation
Katie Ruff Hy-Vee, Inc.
Lisa Schmidt 4-H State Extension Office
Brittany Springmeier The Cafe
Ashley Swanson AMERICANA Restaurant
Anna Vance 4-H State Extension Office
Alex Zuercher Lancer at Edinburgh



Cassie Miller — “Let me tell you about my summer internship”


Student dishes up culinary delight with creation and publication of holiday recipe.

Get involved

You can gain additional professional experiences outside of the classroom by getting involved in clubs and student organizations as wells as professional organizations.

Culinary Science club

Food Science club

Product Development Team

Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

IFT Student Association

IFT - Iowa Section