NEXTern: FoodMinds is hiring summer interns in Chicago and Washington, DC offices. Apply now!

Padilla NEXTerns, the agency’s summer internship program, offers college students and recent graduates opportunities in account service, brand, public relations and creative tracks.

As a Padilla NEXTern, you don’t just gain hands-on experience working with some of the leading minds in our industry, you will help build the framework for the future of our agency; We’re not looking for someone to just fit in. We’re looking for someone who’s interested in creating what’s next.

FoodMinds, a division of Padilla, is seeking to hire NEXTerns to work in our Chicago and Washington, DC offices.

FoodMinds is an award-winning food and nutrition communications and consulting company that harnesses science, public affairs, communications and food values to help its clients tell a better story that makes a difference. FoodMinds provides strategic consulting to a wide-variety of private and public clients in the food, nutrition, health, and wellness space. Assignments can range from researching the latest food and nutrition trends and analyzing them based on a client’s business objectives, to developing educational materials, to pitching food and nutrition media. Some projects may be international in scope.


  • Assist accounts with day-to-day requests; working closely with a team that includes nearly 20 RDs/PhDs
  • Monitor the food and nutrition landscape for breaking news/research and relevant updates (via social media, e-alerts)
  • Research leading programs and policies in food, nutrition and sustainability
  • Work closely with the strategic insights team to translate nutrition, health and wellness data and summarize into key findings and reports
  • Assist in the development of health professional-focused content and communications
  • Conduct recipe/nutrition analysis (using Food Processor)
  • Attend meetings/webinars and author summary reports


  • Preferred applicants will have completed a bachelor’s degree with a focus in nutrition (e.g., dietetics), communications/marketing (with food and nutrition exposure), business or public policy (specific to food), or environmental sciences; additional credentials are encouraged; RD, MBA, MPH
  • Self-starter with comfort working in a fast-paced, collaborative, matrixed environment
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Excellent PowerPoint, Word and Excel skills

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.

Application deadline is February 17th

Apply here