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A part of Colgate-Palmolive since 1976, Hill's Pet Nutrition offers the highest-quality pet nutrition available through product lines Prescription Diet® and Science Diet®. Veterinarians worldwide recommend and feed their own pets Hill's products more than any other brand of pet food.

Available in approximately 80 countries around the world, our extensive line of products includes more than 60 Prescription Diet brand pet foods and more than 50 Science Diet brand pet foods.

We believe all animals should be loved and cared for during their lifetimes. That is why we are proud our pet foods can make a difference in your pet's life.

A career at Hill’s Pet Nutrition or Colgate-Palmolive is an excellent opportunity if you seek a global experience, constant challenge, and development opportunities in an environment that respects work/life effectiveness.

Job Title:  2024 Fall R&D Intern - Product Design & Development (June-Dec)

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Feb 24, 2024

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 155750 - Topeka, Kansas, United States

At Hill’s we have a purpose.  Every day around the world, we transform the lives of millions of pet families through pioneering innovation, amazing nutrition, and the best and brightest people. If you’re interested in work that matters, fueled by passion for pets, we invite you to apply to our R&D – Product Development Intern positions. We have an opportunity for a co-op internship starting in June for 6 months.


Our internships are unique in that you will work on a substantial project with one-on-one guidance from one of our many experts in the Animal Health research field.  You will have the opportunity to network with other students in our program  as well as get exposure to senior leaders in our company and our parent company, Colgate-Palmolive. And you’ll get paid while you learn! In your downtime, learn how to network and ask our leaders about their experiences to gain greater perspective and learn how you can fit into our family.



  • Must be current Junior or Senior Food Science, Food Engineering, Animal Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field

  • Minimum 3.0 overall GPA

  • Ability to work in the United States on a permanent and unlimited basis

  • Mobility and ability to relocate to Topeka, Kansas for the summer


The Hill’s Product Development Interns will work closely in a cross functional team with Sensory, Packaging and Product Development scientists.  Our interns will contribute to building a database for our products and support effective decision making regarding product design of food that continues to delight our pets and Pet parents.


Potential projects include:  

  • Working cross functionally to develop an ingredient dosing capability tool for scientists to utilize while formulating.  This tool should require little to no ongoing maintenance to keep it relevant to current plant capabilities.

  • Researching and potentially qualifying new protein ingredient options for our formulation arsenal.  Considerations should include, but not be limited to, animal health, cost, availability (near and long term), sustainability (carbon footprint), nutrition and physical characteristics. 

  • Analysing product stability using both accelerated aging and ambient studies to determine the optimum product design, shelf life and packaging for our products. 


This is a paid internship that provides a very competitive hourly pay rate plus a generous housing/relocation assistance stipend for on-site internships

Salary Range $21.75 USD or $21.75 - $32.00 USD 


Pay is based on several non discriminatory factors including but not limited to experience, education, skills and office location. In addition to your salary, Colgate-Palmolive offers a performance based bonus and competitive benefits package.



Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, veteran status (United States positions), or any other characteristic protected by law.

Are you interested in working for Hill's Pet Nutrition? You can apply online and attach all relevant documents such as a cover letter and resume or CV. Applications received by e-mail are not considered in the selection process. Become part of our team. We look forward to your application.

Work that matters, fueled by passion for pets!  At Hill’s we have a purpose.  Every day around the world, we transform the lives of millions of pet families through pioneering innovation, amazing nutrition, and the best and brightest people. Founded more than 75 years ago with an unwavering commitment to pet nutrition, Hills' mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. 

HILL'S® Prescription Diet® therapeutic pet foods, HILL'S® Science Diet® and HILL'S® Ideal Balance™ wellness pet foods are sold worldwide. Hill’s is a division of Colgate-Palmolive, a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, with sales of products in more than 200 countries.  To learn more about Hill's and Colgate, please visit and, or find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.


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