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Winegrowing Internship Program 2018 - STEM & Agriculture Majors (6 months) | 300153

Location: Modesto, CA, US, 95354

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Date: Feb 14, 2018

Company: E. & J. Gallo

About E&J Gallo Winery

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


Winegrowing Internship Program – STEM & Agriculture Majors

Imagine what you could do with the industry’s most innovative grape growing practices and winemaking technologies at your disposal, while learning first-hand how high quality wines and spirits are produced.  Interns work cross-functionally to support the research projects and production practices required to produce nearly 100 million cases of wines and spirits.  It won’t take long for you to see our passion and expertise for winegrowing, or to experience our culture where innovation and continuous improvement are highly valued. For nearly a century our winegrowing team has walked vineyards, made award-winning wines and advanced cutting-edge technologies, establishing E. & J.  Gallo Winery as the world’s leader in wine and spirt innovation.       


Internship Program Overview

Our internship program provides students interested in grape and wine production and research the opportunity to spend five to six months working alongside seasoned professionals at one of our many California production sites. Most internships overlap with our grape harvesting efforts, early/mid-summer through late fall, which provides a fruitful experience for learning and developing. Interns support critical harvest efforts as well as complete and present a project to our Winegrowing Leadership team. Eight different internship opportunities are available in the Research, Grape Production, Grower Relations, Winemaking and Spiritsmaking areas (more details on specific opportunities provided below).


Application & Consideration Process

  • Submit an application online to be considered for the program.
  • Read through the basic descriptions and job duties of our 8 assignment areas below
  • On the application, select your preferred internship assignment area(s)
  • Our team will review applications on a rolling basis
  • For those selected, HR will schedule an interview
  • If selected for the program, you will receive an offer
  • Offer and placement will be based on your preferences, our assessment of where your skills will make you most successful, and business need


What You Need

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or State-issued equivalency certificate
  • Currently enrolled at a college or university and working towards a Bachelor’s degree,  Master’s degree, or PhD in the school of Life Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, or Engineering; or a Bachelor’s degree,  Master’s degree, or PhD 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
  • Valid Driver’s License and successful completion of background check
  • Reliable transportation to and from work
  • Required to lift and move up to 50 lbs. when necessary
  • Required to work at heights of up to 100 feet, on tops of tanks inspecting wine surfaces when necessary
  • The position requires availability to work overtime, including evenings, weekends and holidays when necessary
  • Must be 21 years of age for assignments in Winemaking or the Research Winery


Preferred Qualifications

  • Junior or Senior class standing at a college or university and working towards a Bachelor’s degree in the school of Life Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, or Engineering
  • Excellent organizational and team skills and experience managing multiple assignments
  • Mechanical inclination and an aptitude for design of equipment and manufacturing processes


Physical Demands and Work Environment

  • Inside/Outside conditions: During crush, work estimated at least 50% (but not limited to) outside with weather of varying types, outside work for viticulture assignments is estimated to be 95%
  • Wet/Slippery conditions vary and may include work in rain
  • Noise levels may vary.  Occasional situations where ear protection is required
  • Depending on intern assignment, work location may be in a lab, field or manufacturing environment
  • Driving a personal vehicle or work vehicle may be required


*Gallo does not sponsor for employment based visas for this position now or in the future.


Internship Opportunities Available



Viticulture, Chemistry and Enology (VC&E) is the research arm of Gallo Winegrowing.  Interns work with world class scientists on cutting edge experimentation involving grape growing, winemaking, grape and wine chemistry, fermentation and systems biology. 



Location:  Modesto, CA, Sonoma, CA, or Madera, CA

Viticulture interns assist in research projects focused on the improvement of grape production practices.  Topics include precision viticulture, yield forecasting, irrigation, pruning, mechanization, harvest timing, clonal and variety evaluation, grape genetics and grape phenotyping.  This work is closely linked to and supported by our other research groups, as well as by internal production groups and external research partners from industry and academia.


What you will do:

  • Measurement of grapevine yield components at harvest.
  • Measurement of vine growth and development, including canopy microclimate and leaf area.
  • Determination of vine physiology parameters including leaf and stem water potential and canopy gas exchange.
  • Evaluation of potential bud fruitfulness via bud dissection during dormancy.
  • GIS field mapping.
  • Inheritance studies of grape yield, quality, and environmental adaptation traits.



Location: Modesto, CA

Interns will assist in all aspects of research wine production in our Modesto based Research Winery, producing over 500 experimental wine lots per season.  This facility supports the statewide research program, allowing interns to produce wines from every major grape growing region in California.  Interns will also gain experience in producing a wide variety of wine styles and types, including white and red table, sparkling and dessert wines.  Interns will also work with over 100 different grape varieties, and assist with a wide range of grape processing and winemaking experimentation.   


What you will do:

  • Grape receiving, crushing, and pressing
  • Fermentation monitoring, filtration, ingredient additions and post-fermentation treatments.
  • Assist with bench, pilot, and plant scale experiments, including recording and documenting data.
  • Bottling.




Location: Modesto, CA, Sonoma, CA, or Madera, CA

Interns will assist in daily research and production support activities involving grape and wine chemistry.  This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands on experience in a commercial laboratory and with state of the art analytical equipment, enhancing the skills and experience necessary for graduate school and/or future employment.  Interns participate in team projects that contribute to the improvement of commercial processes and grape and wine quality.


What you will do:

  • Evaluate the chemical characteristics of grapes throughout their maturation process.
  • Implement rapid chemical methods to measure and monitor juice and wine attributes.
  • Correlate chemical data with Sensory attributes.
  • Chemically characterize grapes and wines for important compositional parameters.
  • Statistically analyze data.



Location: Modesto, CA

The Fermentation and Biological Systems team uses a multi-disciplinary approach to study the biology of grape growing, fermentation and winemaking.  This integrative approach is necessary to understand the complex interactions occurring between grapevine and yeast at the molecular level.  The research findings are used in an applied manner to develop new processes or products to support the business.  Interns will assist in research focused on the characterization of grapevines, yeast and winemaking processes to identify the impact on wine aroma and flavor. 


What you will do:

  • Test juice/wine for analysis such as pH readings, refractometry, RTqPCR, protein and nucleic acids electrophoresis, exclusion chromatography and spectroscopy.
  • Perform microbiology techniques.
  • Accurately transcribing lab results to appropriate forms or databases.
  • Operate, maintain, and troubleshoot laboratory instruments as required.
  • Prioritize work; report results in a timely manner.
  • Collect, organize and communicate data to project team and management.



Gallo Vineyards, Inc. (GVI) owns and operates 14 vineyards in Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera and Fresno Counties, encompassing thousands of acres. GVI Central Valley is responsible for planting, farming and harvesting these company owned vineyards in Central California utilizing sustainable farming practices and employing the latest technology.   GVI strives to produce the highest quality wine grapes using technologically advanced production techniques.



Location: Livingston, CA and/or Lodi, CA

Interns will support the many different areas of our Winegrowing Operations including general viticulture, irrigation management, pest control, pest scouting, tractor and spray operations, new equipment development, precision agriculture and cultural operations. Livingston and Lodi will serve as the headquarters for the internship. However, interns can expect to work throughout our vineyard operations that extend from the north to the south valley.


What you will do:

  • Work hands-on with GPS and precision farming techniques such as yield monitoring and soil mapping to impact vineyard variability.
  • Utilize various vineyard data layers to assist with grape, plant and soil sampling.
  • Gain experience with next-generation drip irrigation systems.
  • Assist with harvest activities including maturity sampling, harvest equipment preparation and quality control of mechanically-harvested fruit.
  • Collecting and analyzing in-field data of GVI viticulture experiments aimed at mechanization, vineyard variability, pest control, grape quality and irrigation.



Gallo Grower Relations works with thousands of growers throughout the Central Valley. Grower Relations strives to produce the highest quality wine grapes using technologically advanced production techniques while maintaining important business relationships. 

GROWER RELATIONS & Grower Outreach

Location: Fresno, CA & Lodi, CA

Interns will support the many different areas of our Grower Relations and Grower Outreach teams including GIS/map building and analysis, crop estimation, pest and disease scouting, harvest scheduling and delivery coordination. 


What you will do:

  • Support all Grower Relations operations.
  • Use GPS technology and the Geographical Information System to implement precision farming and map vineyard infrastructure.
  • Scout pests and diseases and help draft treatment thresholds for specific pests.
  • Assist with harvest activities including maturity sampling, harvest equipment preparation and quality control of mechanically and hand-harvested fruit.
  • Collect and analyze field level data in support of Grower Outreach and Grower Relations initiatives.
  • Design and execute field demonstrations to support organizational goals.
  • Interact and work collaboratively with a diverse group of growers, winemakers, and vineyard personnel on a daily basis.



Gallo’s wine and spirits making teams are responsible for the production of nearly 100 million cases of wines and spirits. The work is fast paced, as interns receive a first-hand look at how wines and spirits are produced, from grape processing to bottling.



Location: Modesto, Fresno, Livingston

The intern will learn from numerous winemakers making a variety of table wines, sparkling wines, flavored wines and beverages in commercial production. 


What you will do:

  • Facilitate and participate in tastings and sensory evaluations.
  • Conduct benchtop blending, fining and analyses of commercial wines and beverages 
  • Participate and support in harvest activities including, but not limited to, vineyard evaluations, sample acquisition, production trials, and fermentation evaluations.
  • Design and execute a harvest production project where you will present the results at the conclusion of harvest.



Location: Modesto, CA and Fresno, CA

This internship will give students the opportunity to learn from numerous Distillers producing a variety of spirits. Spiritsmaking is an area of growth for Gallo as a company.  The environment is dynamic as we learn how to distill and craft new styles of beverages.


What you will do:

  • Participate in spirits tasting and sensory evaluation.
  • Manage bench-scale trials and experiments.
  • Research and execute process improvements in making and managing our spirits portfolio.
  • Monitor fermentation and distillation facilities during harvest.




Equal Opportunity Employer

Nearest Major Market: Modesto

Job Segment: Intern, QC, Summer Internship, Entry Level, Research, Quality

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