Food Science & Technology Internships in Bali
Food Science and Technology interns assist with manufacturing and process management, gaining unique insight into companies producing products such as chocolate, wine, dairy products and superfoods. Other aspects of this internship field include using initiative to decrease waste, improve sustainability, and collaborate toward improved business planning and strategy.
- Contribute to providing healthy, sustainable and ethical food across Bali and internationally
- Work in areas of food science and technology that appeal most to you
- Experience the stunning island of Bali in your free time
Type of host organizations:
- Food manufacturers
- Producers such as farms and growers
- Food retailers
Food Science and Technology interns assist with manufacturing and process management, gaining unique insight into companies producing products such as chocolate, wine, dairy products and superfoods. Interns can also help to reduce food waste, improve sustainability, and collaborate toward improved business planning and strategy.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation provided.
The food science industry is at the forefront of developing innovative solutions to continue providing healthy food to people all around the world, taking into account today’s changing environmental, sustainability and dietary requirements. As a Food Science and Technology intern in Bali, you’ll experience how food suppliers keep up with both quality and quantity requirements all over the world.
Internship placements are available in a range of food manufacturers, producers and retailers. Internships are highly customizable for each individual, and can include:
- Analyzing and improving supply chains
- Assisting food processing operations
- Food safety research and development
- Designing and implementing strategies to reduce waste and improve sustainability
- Developing solutions for improving production methods
- Food packaging, branding and marketing
Interns are also able to gain experience helping food producers to satisfy quality control, regulatory, health and ethical requirements. For those interested in healthy food providers, placements are available in permaculture organizations or producers of gelato, jam, chocolate or granola.
We encourage interns to submit a comprehensive application and state any placement/activity preferences when applying, as internship placements are allocated based on what best suits your skills and interests. The specific details of your placement will be provided when you’ve confirmed your participation.
Food Science & Technology interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
Developing new food products
Helping to improve the shelf life or nutritional value of different foods
Developing sustainable packaging
Developing and implementing marketing or branding strategies
Assisting farms with sustainable production techniques
Professional development opportunites:
Gain experience with supply chain management
Get contemporary understanding of food production and supply issues
Work at the forefront of providing healthy food in Indonesia
Learn about sustainable food and packaging
Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
Bali photo gallery
It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.
Program Fee (USD)
|8 weeks||$2,139Equivalent to $38/day|
|9 weeks||$2,474Equivalent to $39/day|
|10 weeks||$2,724Equivalent to $38/day|
|11 weeks||$2,749Equivalent to $35/day|
|12 weeks||$2,774Equivalent to $33/day|
|14 weeks||$3,359Equivalent to $34/day|
|16 weeks||$3,409Equivalent to $30/day|
|18 weeks||$3,994Equivalent to $31/day|
|20 weeks||$4,044Equivalent to $28/day|
|24 weeks||$4,679Equivalent to $27/day|
- 24/7 in-country support
- Airport pick-up
- Program orientation
- Dedicated support before, during, and after your internship
- In-country guidance for social and tourist activities
- Sourcing and securing your internship placement
- Personalization of your internship plan
- Coaching from your supervisor
- Documented portfolio of your experiential learnings
- International reference letter
- Certificate of Internship Completion
- Visa (if required), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check
- Transfer back to the airport at the end of your internship program
- Optional extras, such as language lessons
- Souvenirs and leisure activities during your free time
- Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, snacks, laundry, public transportation, and any meals not included in your Program Fee
- A deposit of $449 USD is required to secure your internship
- It is important to note that internships in Bali do not include meals and interns should budget to cover this Independently.
- Balance of your Program Fee is due 60 days before your internship start date.
- All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges.
- Terms and Conditions apply.
Arrival and Orientation
Internships in Bali begin every Monday and interns may choose to spend a minimum of 8 weeks, up to a maximum of 24 weeks. (Exceptions to start date availability may occur when start dates are closed due to public holiday disruptions or if the program has already reached capacity).
Airport pick up and accommodation are included in the Program Fee. The accommodation is covered from the Thursday night before the Monday start date. Interns are asked to arrive on Thursday, to allow sufficient time to rest, recover from jetlag, and become oriented before beginning the internship on Monday. The last night of accommodation that is covered by the Program Fee is the Friday night of the final week, leaving interns to depart on Saturday morning. Extra nights of accommodation can be pre-arranged upon request and paid for separately.
The typical port of entry into the program is the Ngurah Rai International Airport (the airport code is DPS). Airport pick up is included in the program fee.
Please note that interns are advised not to book any flights until they have first registered to confirm participation. In order to intern in Bali, all nationalities are required to obtain a visa in advance and cover the associated fees. Different nationalities may have varying regulations for visiting Indonesia and receiving a visa. Once you submit an application to express your interest, we can provide more guidance and address any questions.
Upon arrival to the accommodation on Thursday, interns will be greeted by the house owner or their staff. The remainder of the day is free time to rest. The following day, (Friday) the procedure will be explained for the next steps, concerning your internship orientation and introductory period. The internship orientation typically takes place on the Friday (after the Thursday arrival). It covers important details for the internship, including introductions, information about culture, customs, rules, expectations, safety, language lessons, cultural excursions, and more.
If you are planning to spend time independently in Bali prior to your internship start date, and will not require an airport pick up, we can arrange an alternative pick up from another location within the Denpasar and Kuta area.
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Accommodation and WiFi
All interns in Bali are conveniently accommodated in the desirable touristic areas of the island. This may include the southern beach resort areas of Seminyak and Canggu, or the artistic and cultural epicenter of Ubud. Specific accommodation arrangements are made, taking into consideration the location of assigned internship placements, to ensure that any commute time for interns is as minimal as convenient as possible. The internship accommodation is designed to offer proximity to the various amenities of Bali, such as shopping, cafes, restaurants, wellness studios, tourism operators, and more. Taxi services may also be utilised within these central areas.
The accommodation typically features shared living facilities. However, interns can expect to have their own bedroom and bathroom for privacy. Kitchenettes are not common but if they are provided, they are quite basic, featuring just a bench, refrigerator and/or stove. Most people eat out, which is very affordable, opposed to the cost of purchasing ingredients to prepare home-cooked meals. Accommodation includes WiFi but the speed can sometimes be slow (compared to what you might be used to at home). The cost of electricity is also included with the accommodation.
While some placements may be within walking distance, due to the layout of Bali’s urban and residential areas, it is normal to expect a commute to and from the internship placement. The average commute time (between accommodation and the internship placement) is approximately 20 minutes and should not be more than 45 minutes (depending on traffic). Interns should expect to budget approximately US$40 per month for transportation to and from the internship placement. Additional guidance on transportation and getting around will be provided by the local team in Bali, during your initial orientation and introductory period.
Please note that the accommodation pictured in the photo gallery of this webpage is provided as an example. Since we work with more than one apartment, the exact accommodation that you’re assigned may differ from the photos. However, you can expect a similar standard and similar amenities, to what is shown here.
It is important to note that internships in Bali do not include meals. The accommodation is unlikely to provide kitchenette facilities. Rather than purchasing ingredients to prepare home-cooked meals, it is more common to eat out (which can be very economical). Of course, there are plenty of supermarkets to shop from if one desires to stock up on some basic items.
Meals in Bali are very affordable when purchased from local establishments. Hearty, healthy meals can cost as little as US$2-3 (although you should prepare to pay more for dining within cafes or restaurants that are targeted toward tourists). Interns are recommended to avoid street food and eat hot cooked food. Staying hydrated is a must and bottled water should be consumed only (not tap water).
Balinese cuisine typically features rice in every meal. This may be accompanied by vegetables and meat or seafood. As Bali is predominantly Hindu, beef is rarely consumed. Common spices and seasonings may include galangal, ginger, shallots, garlic, turmeric, and lime.
We recommend that interns chat with their colleagues for tips on recommended eateries in their area. Locals will be proud to make recommendations and share their favorite places with you. Sharing a meal with others is a great way to connect and learn about a different culture, while also being one of the most rewarding (and delicious) aspects of international travel!
Activities and tourism
During the weekend, interns have spare time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area and attractions. Some of our favorite things to do include:
- Check out Ubud’s “arts and crafts” hub with countless galleries, artists’ workshops, shops and markets to explore.
- Tegalalang and Jatiluwih Rice Terraces - tours can be combined with trips to spice and coffee plantations where you can taste the famous Coffee Luwak (Kopi Luwak).
- Sunrise tour of Mount Batur or Mount Agung - Mount Batur (Gunung Batur) is an active volcano and can be easily climbed (up to 1,700 meters ) in under two hours. For the more adventurous, Bali’s highest peak, Gunung Agung (3,142 meters), can be conquered in around 6 hours.
- Explore Nusa Lembongan Island - just a short speed boat ride away from the mainland. The waters around the island are a marine protected area and offer world class diving.
- Visit the shores of Lake Bratan, where the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple stands - a major water temple. The temple is an hour drive from Lovina and is a great day trip, combined with Git Git waterfall.
- Visit Lombok, two hours by speedboat from Bali. Lombok is well known for the beautiful Gili Islands. Laze the day away on the white sandy beaches of Gili Meno!
Essential country information
|Currency||Indonesia Rupiah (IDR)|
Weather and climate:
Bali has a tropical climate with year round warm weather and an average temperature of 86°F (30°C). High humidity can be expected during the wet season, from October through April. The dry season is between the months of May - September and has the lowest humidity. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 75°F (24°C) to to 89°F (32°C) and is rarely below 71°F (21°C).