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International Graduate Winegrowing Research Internship 2023

Location: Modesto, CA, US Healdsburg, CA, US

Date: Nov 23, 2022

Company: E. & J. Gallo

Why Gallo?

With a global portfolio of over 100 unique wine and spirits brands, we are the largest family-owned winery in the world. Apply Today! Our Brands. Your Future.



Enrollment in a Graduate Program Required   

(6 – 9 months)

Location: Modesto, CA or Healdsburg, CA


Internship Description

Interns support research projects in viticulture, chemistry, microbiology, systems biology and winemaking conducted by the Winegrowing Research Team. Winegrowing Research is highly cross-functional and multi-disciplinary and is supported by other internal research groups including Sensory Science, Statistics and Engineering.  In addition, members of Winegrowing Research are closely linked to production groups including Winemaking, Grape Growing, Grower Relations and external research collaborators. The team conducts research to improve grape growing and winemaking practices, including grape germplasm improvement, precision viticulture, grape and wine chemistry, characterization of grape and wine aroma and mouthfeel compounds, grape processing, fermentation optimization, wine aging and systems biology.  Research facilities include state of the art vineyard and analytical laboratories, including research winemaking facilities.


About Gallo

Founded by brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo in 1933 in Modesto, California, E. & J. Gallo Winery is the world’s largest family-owned winery and an acclaimed producer of award-winning wines and spirits available in more than 90 countries around the globe. A pioneer in the art of grape growing, winemaking, sustainable practices, marketing and product distribution, Gallo crafts and imports wines and spirits to suit a diverse range of tastes and occasions, ranging from everyday offerings to boutique luxury bottlings.


Job Summary

The International Graduate Student Internship Program in Winegrowing Research is searching for appropriate candidates to fill 6-9 month positions (approximately April/July to December). The specific duration of the internship will be dependent upon the nature of the work and length of the growing season.  Interns will assist with the planning, design and execution of research under the direction of a research scientist to addresses a key business initiative or technical objective.  The intern will work closely with scientists, research associates, technical staff and other interns to assist with activities related to the assigned project, with specific duties based on technical expertise and previous research experience. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in conducting research in a commercial environment, and to increase your skills for future employment.  Student interns will be assigned projects that contribute to the improvement of grape growing and winemaking practices. Specific training and project work undertaken by interns will include the following:

  • Plan, design and execute field or laboratory experiments.
  • Analyze and interpret field and laboratory experiments.   
  • Calibrate, operate and interpret results from laboratory and field equipment and instruments.
  • Maintain experimental note books and organized data bases.
  • Perform advanced statistical analyses including ANOVA, correlation analyses and geospatial analyses.
  • Interpret data and provide detailed analyses to scientists and senior management regarding experimental results and next steps.
  • Prepares and presents experimental results to scientists and senior management.     
  • Prepares reports and peer reviewed publications.
  • Maintain a clean and safe work environment.
  • Adhere to safety requirements.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Current enrollment in a MS or PhD program in one of the following disciplines: Viticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Science, Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Agriculture Science,  Horticulture, Biology, Plant Breeding, Genetics, Biotechnology, Botany, Agronomy, Soil Science, Crop Science, Plant Physiology, Plant Pathology, Forestry, Environmental Science, Ecology, Geology, Geography, Meteorology, Earth Science, Enology, Fermentation Science, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Systems Biology or Statistics. 
  • Required to lift and move up to 40 pounds.
  • 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.
  • Required to work in a hot and dusty, or cold and wet vineyard environment for prolonged periods.
  • Requires availability to work evenings, weekends and holidays when necessary.
  • Requires availability for days longer than 8 hours and a 6-day work week.
  • Strong English-language speaking and writing skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.  Self-motivated and dedicated to completing work-related tasks.
  • Demonstrated advanced understanding and command of relevant scientific discipline and research techniques.
  • Currently enrolled in an internationally renowned grape and wine research and educational institution with on-going research

collaborations with E&J Gallo Winery.  This includes but is not limited to the following:  University of Adelaide, University of Melbourne, Lincoln University, University of Dijon, University of Bordeaux, University of Udine, University of Verona, University of San Michelle, University of Turin, University of Lisbon, University of Zaragoza and Geisenheim University.     

Physical Demands and Work Environment

  • Wet/Slippery conditions vary and may include work in rain.
  • Uneven terrain with many trip hazards.
  • Noise levels may vary.  Occasional situations where ear protection is required.


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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