Shortly after graduation, Britney Thomas ’07 began an internship through which she landed a full-time position at the Campbell Soup Company. Thomas was the first JWU Culinary Nutrition student to go through Campbell’s new Culinary Internship program. While at Campbell’s she learned the process of product development through the eyes of a research chef, and was able to leverage her culinary training and food science knowledge. Throughout her internship, she was given the opportunity to produce and test products with the research technicians and also visit Campbell’s manufacturing facilities to see the process on a much larger scale. Soon after her internship was completed, the Campbell Soup Company offered her a job as a Senior Research Assistant. “Through JWU I gained a great foundation to start my career in the food service industry," says Thomas, "My degree program has allowed me to touch on several different avenues within the food service realm. This has also helped me tremendously in the industry to see the 'big picture' of all the different areas that work together, not just in the kitchen, but in the business, legal, and quality sectors."
She continues, "The Career Conference and the on-campus recruiting allowed me to see several different companies and the positions that they had to offer. This also allowed me to see what employers look for in new hires."Thomas is planning to return to school to pursue a Master’s Degree in Food Science and potentially become a Pasta Technologist.