Daniel Margulis graduated from Illinois in 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition, with a Food Science Concentration. Margulis is a Product Development Scientist at PepsiCo R&D in Barrington, IL. He always knew he wanted to be a food scientist. After an awesome product development internship at Newly Weds Foods the summer after his sophomore year, and an equally amazing internship at PepsiCo after his junior year, Margulis knew this was the field for him. Upon graduation, Margulis began his career at PepsiCo and has been with the company since.
He learned about the internship with PepsiCo through an on-campus information session hosted PepsiCo. Margulis says that the internship gave him a wonderful opportunity to get to know the company. During the summer with PepsiCo, he was able to learn about the many unique roles that work together to create new products consumers know and love. This was incredibly helpful for him in confirming that he was going down the right path and guided him towards the full-time role he had accepted.
Margulis says that he is extremely glad he chose this career path. He strongly believes there is never a dull day when you are working on something you are passionate about. His biggest piece of advice for students is "to get involved in info sessions, clubs, and career fairs early on in your college years. Not only does this give you a great opportunity to explore what is out there before you have to commit to anything, you will also build a great network that will benefit you as you are searching for a job/internship down the road."