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.
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.
Food Science Research and Development Internship:
The Research and Development (R/D) function at Cargill will provide students with a career interest and a food related academic background, the opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to a business environment. The internship program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn and work with Cargill business units/function to provide solutions to customers.
Your internship may take place in one of the following areas:
Food R/D Team: Researching how Cargill ingredients function in different snacks and bakery applications and processes. Creating new and innovative bakery, snack, dairy, beverage, chocolate and confectioner formulations for customers and/or tradeshows.
Global Core R/D Team: This team focuses on research in the following areas: Ingredient Chemistry, Material Science, Chemical Characterization, Nutrition, Biology, Fermentation and Food Safety Research. Summer interns will have the opportunity to work with our teams developing novel chemical and material characterization methods, processing techniques and product analyses, and applying those both in long-term scientific investigations and short-term support of business-driven product development. Projects in this space can vary widely, but will generally focus on new ingredient or process method development, or in building of tools to better understand Cargill products and processes.
During your internship experience, you will be assigned projects, participate in company events and community events, and will have the opportunity to network with and learn from different levels of company management. Upon completion of the summer, you will have the opportunity to present a summary of your learnings and experiences to management, your colleagues, and your peers.
You will be assigned to a project or multiple projects that will be substantive in nature and will create exposure to a variety of work activities. Interns will have the opportunity to:
- Gain immediate hands-on work experience in one of the world’s largest agribusiness companies.
- Participate in orientation, networking, mentoring relationships and other opportunities targeted towards personal and professional development.
- Receive periodic and candid feedback on job performance.
Your internship project(s) will be in one of two areas: research or applications.
- ‘Research’ oriented projects encompass applying scientific principles to build knowledge about food ingredients in our portfolio for use in finished food systems. Knowledge generated by the research group is typically used by our business units and customers to support development of new Cargill ingredients or customers’ finished products. The intern will work as part of a team on a variety of research projects focused on using analytical chemistry and food material science to characterize functionality of food ingredients at the molecular level.
- ‘Applications’ oriented projects involve applying lab or pilot work on customer finished food systems. Such applications work is typically done to meet a customer need and to support development of a new Cargill ingredient or product.
- 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.
- 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.
- Internships are typically 12 weeks in duration.
- Interns are paid hourly for time worked.
- Interns are responsible for transportation to and from work.
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
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 and Military Support Network, and Cargill Women’s Network.
- 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
- Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree, graduating between December 2024 and Summer 2026, or currently pursuing a Master’s or Doctorate degree in Food Science, Microbiology, Chemistry or a related technical science degree
- Able to complete a 12-week internship in the summer (May/June - August 2024)
- All candidates must be geographically flexible and willing to relocate to Plymouth, MN or Milwaukee, WI for an internship
- Proven ability to work optimally with individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds and cultures
- Must possess a high degree of initiative and resourcefulness in completing work with limited guidance
- Overall 3.0 GPA preferred, on a 4.0 scale
- Ability to prioritize and manage a large workload with multiple priorities.
- Demonstrated problem solving and decision-making.
- Strong leadership and technical skills.
- Demonstrated ability of collaboration, communication, motivation, interpersonal effectiveness, teamwork and successful completion of work.
Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.