Research & Development Intern - Cosmetic

Frontier Co-op

Job Locations US-IA-Norway
Req No.
Research and Development


Do you have a passion for Research & Development and want to gain valuable on the job experience?


Do you want to work for a company that encourages an entrepreneurial spirit and supports your passion for sustainability and natural products?


If so, then Frontier Co-op is for you. Since 1976, Frontier Co-op has been showing the world that Doing Good, Works.


We are currently seeking a Research & Development Intern (Cosmetic) to join our team for the summer in Norway, Iowa. Now more than 40,000 member-owners strong, we’re dedicated to sourcing and packaging the highest quality spices, herbs and botanical products through our Frontier Co-op, Simply Organic® and Aura Cacia® brands. We’re driven by a simple purpose: to do good by our people and planet. And to create a stronger company built on a commitment to quality and sustainability.



R&D Intern positions are under the close supervision of an R&D Scientist. The position is responsible for working with Cosmetic R&D Scientists to perform basic laboratory research and routine laboratory activities.



  • Assists in the execution of test protocols and procedures.
  • Assists in stability, safety, claims and micro challenge testing.
  • Sets up and operates lab equipment and records measurements with limited supervision.
  • Organizes, maintains and presents accurate data.
  • Assists in the development and continuous improvement of lab procedures.
  • Assists in concept generation, design, development and evaluation of new products, materials and technologies.
  • Assists in scale-ups when taking a new formulation from bench to manufacturing.
  • Utilizes and follows relevant regulations and development standards.
  • Demonstrates creativity and resourcefulness to assist in problem solving issues that arise during the development or launch process.
  • Provides documentation and estimated costs for new formulas and materials.
  • Plans, executes and provides results of formula panel evaluations.
  • Reviews labeling for accuracy.
  • Maintains product development laboratory utilizing good laboratory practices.
  • Performs general clerical duties such as filing, mailing samples and organizing.
  • Strives to reduce waste, recycle products whenever possible, and re-use resources when practical.
  • Works safely at all times, follows safety rules and policies and participates in scheduled training.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Exhibits a curiosity and desire to learn by initiating work and asking questions.



Currently enrolled in a Bachelor's degree program majoring in an appropriate scientific field.



  • Good problem solving, decision making skills and attention to detail. Displays a sense of urgency and initiative with creativity and flexibility.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects and work independently.
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, percentages and volume.
  • Ability to use a computer to create spreadsheets, charts and run reports.



While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to handle, or feel as well as taste and smell.  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and sit; and view computer monitors or video displays. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and color vision.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, and toxic or caustic chemicals.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Job ID: 73239

Posted 17 days ago

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