Dairy Manufacturing Intern
Portage, WI  / Blair, WI  / Sanborn, IA 
Posted 17 days ago
Job/Internship Description


AMPI owns eight Midwest-based manufacturing plants where 10 percent of the nation's American-type cheese, processed cheese and butter is produced. The cooperative's award-winning cheese, butter and powdered dairy products are marketed to foodservice, retail and food ingredient customers. In 2019, the co-op launched its Dinner Bell Creamery brand and accompanying Co-op Crafted promise, highlighting more than 50 years of dairy farm families partnering with skilled buttermakers and cheesemakers.


This list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as management may deem necessary from time to time.

The intern will learn what it's like to supervise in a food manufacturing facility. The intern will have the opportunity to work on a project and give a presentation at the conclusion of the internship to share what was learned. The intern will follow, learn, and work with our leadership team to gain hands on experience in the following areas.

  • Production Leadership:
    • Gains leadership, teaching, and coaching techniques
    • Learn effective communication methods
    • Acquire understanding of company policy and procedures and learning to enforce them.

  • Shipping & Receiving:
    • Learn the operation of the Receiving Intake Bay by unloading of milk from route trucks and test incoming milk for titratable acidity, antibiotic, temperature and aroma.
    • Understand the proper lab testing procedures for cheese, whey, cream, powder and milk.

  • Production:
    • Understanding the operation of cheese vats, DMC, tables, packaging line and the milk pasteurizer in the Cheese Department.
    • Education on the operation of RO, evaporator, separators and fine savers, ensuring proper technique, principles, and procedures in the Whey Department.
    • Learn how to make quality cheese and whey products adhering to customer specifications and standard of identity requirements.
    • Participates in staff planning and process improvements.
    • Acquire current knowledge and understanding of regulations, industry trends, current practices, new developments and applicable laws related to production in a dairy manufacturing environment.
    • Responsible to report food safety problems to personnel with authority to initiate action.

  • Quality & Lab:
    • Learn and assist with proper lab testing procedures and quality inspections.
    • Understand and adhere to Good Manufacturing Practices.
    • Learn to anticipate, trouble shoot and resolve problems with GMPs and/or sanitation quickly.
    • Perform documentation review and inspection of materials, packaging and finished product.
    • Learn how to collect samples for equipment, environmental and in-process monitoring.
    • Actively meet and speak with quality employees to learn various aspects and responsibilities of their jobs.

  • Sanitation:
    • Participates in programs and procedures required to ensure plant's master sanitation program.
    • Proper chemical usage, measurements and personal protective equipment is required.
    • Learn and assist with conducting pre-operational and routine sanitation inspections.

  • Maintenance:
    • Opportunity to observe and develop maintenance skills to repair, replace and troubleshoot plant equipment or systems.
    • Assist with routine inspections of equipment.

  • Safety, Health & Environmental:
    • Learns and assists with safety, health and environmental programs.
    • Works in a safe manner always and wears all required personal protective equipment to perform specified jobs.
    • Collects data to determine effectiveness of implemented process improvements.
    • Participates in safety committee meetings.
    • Assist safety coordinator with incident investigations and identify opportunities for improvement and lessons learned.
    • Conduct audits and inspections.

An individual in this position must be able to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. The above list reflects the general details necessary to describe the principle and essential functions of the position and shall not be construed as the only duties that may be assigned for the position.


  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Currently enrolled in an Associate, Bachelor, or Master's program with an interest in expanding knowledge in the food manufacturing industry.


AMPI offers competitive starting pay, PTO, 401k, short-term disability, health, dental, vision, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, employee assistance programs and more.

Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Military and veterans are encouraged to apply


Team Player - Works well as a member of a group
Detail Oriented - Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well
Dedicated - Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity

Flexibility - Inspired to perform well when granted the ability to set your own schedule and goals
Ability to Make an Impact - Inspired to perform well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or the organization

Associates (preferred)
High School (required)

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Equal Opportunity Employer – minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity.

If you require reasonable accommodation to apply toward our positions, please reach out to 1-800-533-3580 or hr@ampi.com for assistance. NO AGENCIES, PLEASE.


Position Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Type
Full Time
Period of Employment
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