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Jacqueline Bliss

Major: Food Science


Minor/option/emphasis: FSHN-Food Science and Industry

Company/Organization: Sokol and Company
Company/Organization website: https://www.sokolcustomfoods.com/
Destination: Countryside, IL
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: ebeirman@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
I worked in the Research and Development department at Sokol and Company. My job was to formulate products and take the analytical data of these samples to make sure they were up to standards. Aside from that, I also got to watch production runs of various products and I also researched various starches used at Sokol.

I accomplished...
The greatest accomplishment of my experience was that I got to present a product I formulated at the IFT Food Expo Conference that was held in Chicago. It was awesome being able to show hundreds of food scientists a product I spent so much time developing.

I learned...
The biggest lesson I learned was that it is important to ask questions and to not be afraid to speak up. I had a goal this summer to learn different aspects of food science during my internship and since I communicated that with my boss, I was able to get the most out of my internship.

Advice for others...
My advice is to learn as much as you can during your internship. From this internship I already have a heads up on some of the courses I am going to have to take in the future at ISU.

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