Operations Management Intern, Summer 2024 - Protein (Multiple U.S. Locations) (272344)

Minneapolis, MN
United States
Job Description

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 160,000 employees who use new technologies, dynamic insights and over 157 years of experience to connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive.

Your Internship:

Gain real experience. Learn from the best. See how your work matters.

Our internships are designed to prepare you for your career journey, not a final destination. When you join our team, you are welcomed into a community committed to providing you with a safe environment to learn, grow and cultivate your skills. With our expansive learning resources, our well-respected leaders, and our carefully curated development courses, you will be equipped to confidently solve tomorrow's global issues. And, truthfully, our future relies on you. Your innovative minds, your intentional collaboration, and your sincere desire to nourish the world. Your work may be local, but at Cargill, your impact will be global. Join our community to cultivate your curiosity, develop meaningful relationships and propel your career.

Your Role:

From day one, you are considered an integral part of the team. You will have the opportunity to build specific skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable you to transition to various roles. We pride ourselves on having one of the most diverse career trajectories in the industry. As an intern, you will collaborate and build relationships with colleagues and clients who represent diverse work, culture and resolution styles. We look for people who want to grow, support, think and produce. You've got big plans. We can help you pursue them.

Your Work:

The Operations Management Intern role is a training role that will prepare you for the plant Operations Management Associate role. Internships are typically 12 weeks long, enabling you to become familiar with the workflow of plant operations giving you learning and shadowing opportunities across plant teams and departments. During the internship you will seek real challenges, cultivate your curiosity, have client exposure, enjoy both personal and team accomplishments and have your initiative acknowledged along the way. You will be exposed to a number of areas to learn skills and gain knowledge vital to succeed in an operations leadership role, such as:

  • Risk Management: Understand leadership in safety and regulatory compliance consistent with our Guiding Principles. Food and Feed Safety are also of critical to our business.

  • Talent Management: Understand what it takes to lead, mentor, and develop a diverse team of operations employees to ensure goals and standards of the organization are being met. Gain knowledge of Human Resources policies and strategies to maintain and increase employee engagement.

  • Reliability Excellence: Understand production maintenance to ensure plants are capable of serving and meeting customer requirements.

  • Operational Efficiency: Understand plant operations in alignment with all functions to achieve business and profitability objectives.

  • Capital Efficiency: Collaborate with teams in capital project initiatives to ensure ongoing market competitiveness of plant assets.

  • Continuous Improvement: Collaborate with teams in production process improvements through tools/activities.

Our Programming:

  • With comprehensive learning resources at your disposal, you can take your learning in any direction.

  • As employees, interns receive access to volunteer and community outreach opportunities and paid time off for volunteer activities up to 2 hours/month.

  • Throughout the internship, interns and co-ops are invited to participate in events that will give exposure to leadership, provide development opportunities, and offer the ability to network with cross-functional interns/co-ops across the U.S.

Internship details:

  • Internships are typically 12 weeks in duration.

  • Interns are paid hourly for time worked.

  • Interns are responsible for transportation to and from work.

  • Interns may have the opportunity to travel during their term.

  • Interns who demonstrate outstanding performance and a curiosity to learn more may be offered an internship, co-op or full-time position to return the following year.

Our Benefits:

No matter who you are or where you are, we have resources to meet your needs. As an intern, you’ll have access to a wide variety of programs to support you and help you thrive. Eligible programs and incentives include:  

  • Paid time off

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing program

  • Digital Learning Library

  • Housing and Relocation Assistance for those that qualify

Our Network:

Your development is our priority. With our outstanding global network, you will establish relationships, acquire mentors, and build your professional contacts. Our program encourages and orchestrates networking opportunities that will benefit you now and in your future career. During the internship, you will also receive consistent support from university recruiting staff, mentors, colleagues, and your supervisor.

Our Vibrant Community:


At Cargill, you will be a part of our vibrant global community with a culture that celebrates diversity. This is a reflection of the clients we serve and generates an intellectually diverse set of employees. Business Resource Groups (BRGs) help us embrace our diversity, make our culture more inclusive and enhance our employees’ outstanding talents and perspectives to benefit our organization and employees.


Our U.S. Business Resource Groups include:


Asian Alliance Network, Cargill Young Professionals Network, Cargill Ability Network (iCAN), Cargill Ebony Council, Group Responsible for Orienting and Welcoming (GROW), Hispanic-Latino Council, Cargill Pride Network, Veterans & Military Support Network, and Cargill Women’s Network.

Job Locations:

North America: 

  • Albert Lea, MN, Big Lake, MN, Butler, WI, California, MO, West Columbia, SC, Columbus, NE, Dayton, OH, Dodge City, KS, Columbus, NE, Fort Morgan, CO, Fort Wort, TX, Fresno, CA, Friona, TX, Hazleton, PA, Lake Odessa, MI, Marshall, MO, Mason City, IA, Milwaukee, WI, Monticello, MN, Nashville, TN, Nebraska City, NE, Newnan, GA, North Kingstown, RI, Schuyler, NE, Springdale, AR, Timberville, VA, Waco, TX, Wyalusing, PA


  • Must be opened to working in a plant environment

Required Qualifications:

  • Currently pursuing Bachelors or Master’s degree from an accredited program in any subject area, and graduating between December 2024 - Summer 2026

  • Right to work in the U.S. that is not based solely on possession of a student visa or a visa sponsored by a third-party employer

  • Able to work collaboratively with varying individuals

  • Willing and able to relocate for the internship

  • Ability to contribute, both as part of a team and individually

  • Effective written and oral communication skills

  • Willingness to work 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shifts and weekends should the occasional need arise

  • Willingness to work in a variety of environments (office, outdoors, at heights, etc)

  • Proven ability to work optimally with individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds and cultures

  • Candidates must be geographically flexible and willing to relocate for an internship opportunity anywhere in the U.S.

  • Must possess a high degree of initiative and resourcefulness in completing work with limited guidance

Preferred Qualifications:

Pursuing an agriculture or business-related degree (including but not limited to Animal Science, Ag-Economics, Ag-Business, Ag-Education, Agronomy, Food Science, Feed Science, Meat Science, Grain Science, Operations Management, Ag-Systems Management, Ag-Engineering, Supply Chain, Mechanized Systems Management.

Compensation and Benefits

The expected hourly rate for this position ranges from $18.50 – $25.60 USD. The disclosed salary has not been adjusted for the applicable geographic differential associated with the location at which the position may be filled. 


Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.


United States