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Campbell Soup Company
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Jaye Aster Broder

Paterno Fellow
Major: Spanish, Food Science
Hometown: Ardmore, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this opportunity online through the Food Science Club listserv. Campbell Soup Company visits Penn State in the fall to recruit for three month summer internships and six month co-ops.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

Over the course of six months I collaborated with cross-functional teams to develop a beverage line extension from concept. My projects focused on clean labeling and quality. I participated in and led product inspections for products and ingredients as well as blended and processed ingredients to formula specifications in kitchen and pilot plants. Along with my core projects I shadowed and onboarded with individuals in different departments of the company to gain a greater lens of the different functions at Campbell's. Throughout my time I was fortunate to travel to a manufacturing plant to understand how production is scaled up. I learned about different brands and consumer segmentation.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience affected me academically in many ways. At the core of my co-op experience, I grasped the need to constantly ask, “What will the impact be?” Always keeping the purpose in mind is crucial to executing projects effectively and drives decision-making. This mindset has influenced how I approach learning entirely. As someone who can sometimes become bogged down by details, this attitude helps me keep the larger picture in mind. There may be a bottom line but my actions will have different effects on others. To be the most informed, asking questions is essential. Throughout my co-op I made connections to what I had previously learned in school. I appreciate my well-rounded liberal arts education more, because it has helped me consider problems from different angles. My co-op helped me define my goals for when I return to Penn State.

I appreciate my well-rounded liberal arts education more, because it has helped me consider problems from different angles.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I am very passionate about food and hope to work in the food industry in a way that lets me combine my coursework in Spanish and Food Science. This experience has highlighted the value in pursuing a masters degree upon completion of my undergraduate studies—to specialize, improve investigative skills, and gain a different perspective. It underscored the benefits and challenges of continuing to graduate school directly upon completion of undergraduate studies, returning to school after working, full-time, part-time, and online programs. I understand how setting goals in my career does not stop upon graduation. This experience has helped me target other experiences to seek out as an undergraduate through different clubs and internships.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would definitely recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students. Interning at a consumer packaged goods company is an exciting away to meet many people and learn about the commercialization of a product. Everyone at Campbell Soup was very patient and helpful. I had a lot of fun and have a greater appreciation for government regulation, packaging, and food safety. While a six-month internship means 'missing' a semester at Penn State or graduating later, the knowledge and personal growth are invaluable. This experience has increased my passion for my studies at school.

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