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.
Food Product Development Internship
Head Office (London)
£ 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.
Learning and Development
We've plenty of learning opportunities both in store and at our Head Office, which vary according to your scheme. Whether you’re managing people in store, or a valued member of a Head Office team, you’ll be learning while you earn, shouldering real responsibilities and helping to tackle the ever-changing issues of the day. You will be given a specific area of responsibility or a project to manage yourself fairly early on - say yes, it's a great chance to shine.
While we‘ll provide the training tools and opportunities, it’s up to you to take advantage of them. You’ll be expected to use your initiative to identify learning needs specific to you – and have the motivation to meet these needs.
Theory's all well and good, but few plans survive contact with the customer. If you’re based in Head Office, you'll get hands-on, in-store experience through our store attachment programme. Depending on your graduate programme the attachment could be anything from one week to three months.
Corporate Learning Programme
Our cutting-edge workshops will hone your business abilities, ranging from skills foundation and competency training to full-on project management.
We're investing heavily in smarter technology to achieve our vision of becoming the world's most successful multi-channel retailer. So we'll invest plenty of time with you to ensure you receive all the right technical training.
We will support you throughout your career at M&S and, with role-specific training, help you reach your goals.
Unlike many companies, M&S performance management isn't just a case of us saying jump higher. We ensure your achievements are recognised, your feedback is heard and, of course, that your career is progressing. After all, M&S only performs well when we all do.
Depending on the area of the business you join, you could have the opportunity to work towards professional qualifications to enhance your career progression with M&S.