Employee Testomonial - Kate Ainscough
Food Science and Nutrition - Summer 2010
As part of my college course, Food Science at UCD, students are required to undertake a work placement related to our particular discipline. I chose an internship at Creme as I took an interest in the line of work they do in relation to the food industry and nutrition, and how running exposure assessments related to nutrients and harmful substances in food and cosmetics is so beneficial; by providing government, industry and academics with valuable information and results which will ultimately be used to improve the health and safety of the everyday consumer.
Starting the internship was a good experience as I was instantly introduced to the staff, the projects and how the company functions in general, and was made familiar and comfortable with my new surroundings. Everyone was so pleasant, approachable and helpful and the daily staff meetings made it easy to communicate any issues that arose. These meetings also helped to get an idea of what everyone on the team was working on and how that fits in with the construction of the finished product - the software - and also allowed me to participate in projects and current events as a true member of staff.
While I was at Creme I worked on researching data tables and information on food consumption, food composition, nutrient recommendations and chemical and contaminant regulation levels. I also enjoyed researching current and upcoming food and nutritional matters and evaluating exposure assessment reports from a food science/nutrition point of view to give clients some explanation of the assessment results produced. I liked the fact that the information I found through my research would be put to good use to better understanding of consumer exposure to substances in food and cosmetics, and that the relevant action would be taken in order to refine the quality of these essential everyday items which is central to ensuring our health and safety.
Not only did I learn more about material in relation to my course, but I gained the experience of working in a professional environment and how important it is to work as a team to produce high quality results and to run a successful business.
I am entering my final year of college now equipped with the knowledge and expertise Creme has taught me which I believe will greatly benefit my future studies and professional career.