About the programme

Food has always been at the centre of the M&S story. We’ve pioneered industry firsts from fresh chilled chicken in the 1960s to 2004’s headline-grabbing Melt in the Middle Chocolate Puddings. And with delectable new arrivals like the runny Scotch egg, orange wine and homegrown purple asparagus, we’re still very much first for food.

Such a fast-paced and innovative food business makes for an extraordinary learning environment. On our new Food Product Development internship, you’ll have eight weeks to take it all in. If you’re a fresh thinker dreaming of a high-flying future in food, this is a uniquely fulfilling way to spend the summer after the first or second year of your food-related degree.

It’s your chance to discover first-hand how the brightest minds in the industry answer the big foodie questions to create the most amazing food experiences possible... Which recipes can we improve and how? What delicious new foods can we create to set millions of British tastebuds tingling?

To find the answers, you’ll be working on real projects and different attachments. Interns on projects in the past have focused on birthday gifting, chilled hampers and our Deli Express. Along the way, you’ll also get to visit stores and suppliers, network with other food interns and benefit from valuable management training. You’ll be meeting some great people too, either on the job or through informal socialising.

This is the perfect opportunity for a first or second-year student to get creative in a crucial part of our business. So you’ll need to combine your passion for food with ideas and imagination. Ideally, you’ll also have a food-related qualification.

It’s a well-rounded, action-packed eight weeks that could lead to much greater things. Impress us now and you’ll be improve your chances of success if you apply for our graduate programmes – with all of the phenomenal prospects this opens up.

This internship will be based in London.

​Applications for this programme are now closed. 

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Key Information

Food Product Development Internship


Head Office (London)


8 Weeks


£ Competitive, pro rata

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Applications for our business placement and graduate programmes are now closed. 


Applications will reopen in September 2017 for our 2018 intake. 

Applying to join M&S

  • Online application

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    Stage one: online application and testing

    You'll need to apply online - where you'll take some online screening tests, after which there follows a short period of suspense. This is where your application rises to the top of our review pile. As soon as we can, we'll be in touch to let you know whether you've successfully made it through to the next stage of your journey.

    Be sure to check each programme page for specific closing dates as they may vary. If you miss the deadline, you’ll have to wait another year before you can apply again.

    Here are a few tips. On your application form, be sure you include all your work experience and clearly state how it relates to the role you are applying for – or what skills you learned in that job which you can bring to our programme. In the online testing, everyone completes a personality questionnaire and takes a situational judgement test. Then you’ll be challenged to show your verbal, numerical or inductive skills, depending on the scheme you’re applying for. It’s a good idea to practise online tests before attempting the real ones – you can easily find some online. Make sure you take the tests in a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted.

  • Come to an assessment centre

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    Stage two: come to an assessment centre

    If we like what we see online, we'll ask to see you in person. You'll then be invited to a day of group exercises, presentations and an interview. Not easy, but not as scary as it sounds. In Retail, assessment centres will take place in January, February or March 2017, although some Head Office schemes will hold theirs in December 2016. There are plenty of tips on other pages to help you perform at your best.

  • Receive an offer

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    Stage three: receive an offer

    If all goes well and there's a place for you on one of our schemes, we'll let you know by the end of March. All in all, it's a simple process: just hold on to those 'if only' thoughts and do your best to impress at every stage. M&S has roles waiting for you. Yes, you could make it happen.

  • Start with us

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    Stage four: start with us

    This is the moment you've been waiting for. Your first day! Head Office Business Placements start in July but Retail Management and HR begin in September. For Graduates, all Head Office roles start in September with Retail Management having various intake dates across July and September.

    Applications for our business placement and graduate programmes for 2017 are now open.

Learning and Development

Experience is the best teacher, which is why M&S likes to throw you in at the deep end. Real responsibilities on real projects, from day one (no, really). But the learnings aren't just one way: we're eager to hear your fresh ideas, to have our ways challenged, in order to grow the business. Of course, it all starts with a comprehensive introduction to M&S. You're never on your own with us. During this time, you'll get a basic overview of our business, along with all the information you need about your new role and life with one of the nation's brightest brands.