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2024 Summer Food Additives Internship

🚀 Summer Internship

Washington, DC

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Summer Internship

Healthcare•Washington, DC


The Center for Science in the Public Interest offers a paid internship program for students in undergraduate, graduate, law and medical schools, and we also consider postgraduates. These paid internships offer structured work experiences and an opportunity to:

  • Gain substantial knowledge of the policy-making process and the role science plays.
  • Participate in group meetings and strategy brainstorming sessions.
  • Obtain general research and communication skills by working closely with science, policy, legislative and outreach experts.
  • Meet with staff at all levels of the organization to discuss career roles and paths.
  • Assess your own interests and skills.


  • Currently enrolled in a graduate degree program (master’s or doctoral) in toxicology, public health, environmental health, food science, or a related field. A late-program (at least a 3rd-year) undergraduate in these fields may be acceptable
  • Excellent research and writing skills with ability to read, analyze, interpret, and summarize scientific research
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage tasks appropriately to achieve project goals
  • Interest in food additives and safety
  • Experience in toxicology research, conducting systematic reviews or science writing is a plus

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities



  • Chemical Cuisine is one of CSPI’s most visited webpages and provides easy-to-understand safety ratings with brief summaries of the scientific evidence for chemicals added to our foods. The intern will assist the Food Additives Team in conducting chemical-specific literature reviews for Chemical Cuisine entries. The intern will identify and collate chemical-specific safety information relevant to Chemical Cuisine entries from the scientific literature and publications from authoritative bodies and thereafter assist CSPI’s Staff Scientist for Food Additives in screening and evaluating the evidence. Specific tasks will be based on the intern’s level of education and experience. The intern will have the opportunity to develop web content (e.g., blogs, social media posts) on behalf of CSPI and may have the opportunity to review and synthesize the relevant body of evidence into written summaries. They will also participate in CSPI’s ongoing advocacy efforts aimed at reforming federal food additive regulations.
  • Providing technical and research assistance to support CSPI’s work on food additive safety
  • Assist the Staff Scientist in evaluating the safety evidence
  • Creating and refining chemical-specific search terms for PubMed and other scientific literature databases.
  • Conducting searches to identify relevant peer-reviewed literature and performing initial screening of titles and abstracts for use in chemical safety assessments.


Work type

Full time

Work mode


Application deadline

Feb 28, 2024


Washington, DC