Regulatory Affairs Intern, Summer 2021

  • Apeel Sciences
  • Santa Barbara, California, United States
  • Feb 18, 2021

Job Description

Company Background

Since 2012, founder James Rogers has been on a mission to tackle the global Food Waste Crisis with a goal of providing a more sustainable, equitable path forward for the global food system. Apeel is an edible protective layer that extends fruits’ and vegetables’ shelf-life. Apeel-covered fruits and vegetables spoil slower and require less refrigeration, and the plant-derived peel reduces the use of plastic and other products harmful to the planet. Apeel pulls material from the natural skins, peels, seeds, and pulp found on fruits and vegetables to create the extra protective peel. The thin layer slows down water loss and oxidation, which can help keep those fruits and vegetables from browning and spoiling.

Company Culture

At Apeel Sciences, we look to nature to help the global food system improve quality, reduce waste, and ensure an abundant future for our planet.  Apeel comprises highly talented, deeply passionate, and tight-knit team members who are excited by the opportunity to challenge the status quo, obsessed with solving problems, and truly seek to positively change how we feed the world.

Our people are fundamental to our company’s success and continued growth. If you are ready for an opportunity to jump in, take ownership, and drive meaningful outcomes in a highly collaborative, communicative, and dynamic environment, we would love to connect with you!

About This Role

The Regulatory Affairs team is responsible for providing regulatory expertise and strategy to support the evaluation of new technologies, guide the development and commercialization of new products and services, and secure regulatory approvals for Apeel technology in all geographies where Apeel and our partners operate. Core components of this work – and of Apeel’s ability to share its technology worldwide – are the identification and interpretation of regulations pertaining to Apeel products and services in regions of interest. The resulting foundation of knowledge enables the Regulatory Affairs team to strategize and execute product approval procedures and to guide the company in the successful operationalization of Apeel’s technologies and services. To broaden the access for Apeel’s crop protection products within the United States (US), we are seeking a motivated Regulatory Affairs Intern to help secure product approvals within select US states and to help build Apeel’s state regulatory programs to match.

The program dates for summer 2021 are from June 14th - August 20th (10 weeks). To qualify for this program, applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited US college or university and have at least one semester remaining following the internship program. Additionally, during the program dates, interns must reside in a state where Apeel is registered to do business: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington or Wisconsin.

What You’ll Do

  • Identify and review select state regulations and processes relevant to product approval and use and interpret their applicability to Apeel products and services
  • Prepare and submit product approval applications to state regulatory agencies
  • Bolster Apeel’s state regulatory programs by creating and refining documentation to achieve clear, digestible, and relevant communication of operational requirements for diverse Apeel audiences
  • Collaborate with the Apeel parties responsible for key regulatory program management deliverables

What You Bring

  • Are currently pursuing an AA, AS, BA or BS degree in areas with a focus on agricultural technology preferred
  • Interest in agriculture and/or food technology regulation
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent reading comprehension skills 
  • Excellent research skills 
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills; ability to quickly internalize and apply new concepts to existing situations
  • Ability to thrive in ambiguous situations
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Highly self-motivated; takes ownership to drive projects and assignments through to prompt and effective completion
  • Self-directed and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Highly organized with a strong ability to manage multiple priorities in parallel 
  • Highly committed to collaborative teamwork
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, especially Word and PowerPoint

Apeel believes that the scale of our impact is determined by the teams that work with us. As such, we seek to build high-performing teams of people from various experiences and backgrounds who can collectively push our company into new realms. We seek a diverse pool of applicants and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, ancestry, color, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, Veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status. If you have a special need or disability that requires accommodation, please let us know.

Please note that Apeel Sciences does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the event of a recruiter or agency submitting a resume or candidate without a signed agreement being in place, we explicitly reserve the right to pursue and hire such candidates without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted directly to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of Apeel Sciences.


Food & Agriculture

Drawdown Solutions

Reduced Food Waste

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