CDIC offers internships throughout the year to students enrolled in California educational institutions. These internships can be virtual, project-based (independent research), or on location (university, producer or processor facility). Students receive a certificate, a stipend payable upon satisfactory completion of the assigned project, and mentorship/supervision throughout the period.

CDIC Internship Program 2024

CDIC internships focus on students with a wide variety of cultural and educational backgrounds including students enrolled in food science, dairy science, food engineering, applied sciences, agribusiness, agri-tourism, engineering, packaging research and design programs.

Additional internships are also offered through the Dairy Business Innovation Initiative and through other grants, which feature specific requirements and benefits. Contact us to learn more about current offerings.

CDIC also liaises with all major California processors as well as industry partners (equipment, services, ingredient suppliers) to help them connect with candidates who best match their requirements.  Some of our Processor Partners are:

Contact for more information about our complete internship program.

Student Teams and Entrepreneurs’ Incubator Program

CDIC offers resources to help bring bright ideas and innovative concepts to commercialization stage.

Research and Applications Grants

CDIC offers co-funding for primary research for undergraduate (senior projects) and graduate students enrolled in California educational institutions. Projects co-funded by CDIC are aligned with its strategic direction and designed to directly support product, process, and packaging innovation. Faculty are encouraged to contact CDIC to discuss new research ideas and applications concepts, and to work collaboratively towards the development of proposals.


Thinking of innovation?  The latest window for grant applications has now closed.  Continue to check back for new grant opportunities. For more information, California processors and producers are invites to apply through the Pacific Coast coalition website Pacific Coast Coalition Grants

Contact CDIC staff or for assistance in preparing their application.


The Pacific Coast Coalition-Dairy Business Innovation Initiative PCC-DBII has been officially awarded another US Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant for just over $1.8 million (for another 3-year cycle), with nearly $1 million available for dairy business grants.  This represents the fourth such award under the Dairy Business Innovation Initiative (DBII) grant program.  A PCC delegation was on hand at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI as USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Jenny Lester Moffitt, announced $23 million in awards to support dairy businesses and producers nationwide.  These initiatives support small and mid-sized dairy businesses in the development, production, marketing, and distribution of dairy products.

Other Grants Available from USDA

The application process for the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) is now closed. Check back early 2024 at:

The application process for the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) is now closed.  Check back early 2024 at:

The current application process for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program is now closed. These grants can range up to $250,000 and can be used to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income. Check back early 2024 here: