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Graduate Student Research Internship 2023 (4-6 Months)

Location: Modesto, CA, US

Date: Mar 6, 2023

Company: E. & J. Gallo

Why Gallo?

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Application Deadline: March 31, 2023


Program Description  

The Research Educational Program is a unique program in partnership with universities and E. & J. Gallo Winery. The Research Educational Program is a 4 to 6 months program based out of E. & J. Gallo’s headquarters in Modesto, California. This program is part of a research collaboration that offers the opportunity for Masters and PhD students to apply their knowledge on chemistry analysis methods into the E. & J. Gallo Winegrowing Research department. This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands on experience in an industrial research environment and increase your skill base for future employment.


What You Will Do

  • Evaluating the chemical characteristics of grapes throughout their maturation process.
  • Implementing rapid chemical methods to measure and monitor juice and wine attributes at the winery.
  • Using advanced analytical instrumentation (e.g. HPLC, GC-MS, FTIR, GPC, IC and ITC) to perform chemical analyses to characterize grapes, fermentations, and wines.
  • Using computer software to statistically analyze data.
  • Working in a production setting during harvest. This can include harvesting experimental grapes in the vineyard, operating grape processing equipment, taking samples from tanks in the winery and analyzing grape and wine quality.
  • Assisting in the set-up of laboratory, pilot scale, or production experiments.


What You Need

  • High school diploma or State-issued equivalency certificate.
  • Currently enrolled at a University and working towards a Master’s OR PhD’s in the school of Life Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, or Engineering.
  • Strong applied technical skills and analytical problem-solving skills.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Candidates for this position must have a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record. Required to obtain a California driver’s license or appropriate state driver’s license within 30 days of hire.
  • Reliable transportation to and from work.
  • Required to lift and move up to 40 lbs. when necessary.
  • The position requires availability to work overtime, including evenings, weekends and holidays when necessary.



  • Hiring Hourly Rate: $24.00-$25.00 
  • Actual compensation amount paid may be lower or higher to be determined by factors other than race and gender such as the education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data


What Will Set You Apart 

  • Hands-on experience with quantitative analytical chemistry using chromatographic techniques, including HPLC or GC-MS.
  • Hands-on experience with method development and validation using advanced analytical instruments such as GPC and ITC
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.  Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and experience managing multiple assignments. Self-motivated with a passion for research.
  • Willingness to work at heights of up to 50 feet, on tops of tanks inspecting wine surfaces when necessary.


Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Required to lift and move up to 40 lbs. when necessary.
  • Willingness to work under conditions that can include hot & cool temperatures, insects, and being in an industrial plant environment.
  • Willingness to travel and perform short term tasks at out of town winery and vineyard sites.
  • Willingness to drive company truck and commercial van to transport grape and wine samples to different Gallo facilities.


Gallo does not reimburse for J-1 visa fees or sponsorship costs or for Optional Practical Training (OPT) or CPT Curricular Practical Training (CPT) fees.



Gallo is an Equal Employment opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles (such as braids, locks, and twists), color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition as defined by applicable state law (including cancer and predisposing genetic characteristics in California), genetic information, marital status, familial status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, sexual orientation (actual or perceived), transgender status, sex stereotyping, age, military or veteran status, domestic violence or sexual assault victim status, or any other basis protected by applicable law. 


We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Gallo is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process.
If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at 209.341.7000.


Nearest Major Market: Modesto

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