Corteva Agriscience offers various internship programs which offer a wide variety of experiences within the Corteva business. The Professional Internship Program is designed to provide college Sophomores and Juniors with the necessary knowledge, experience and skills to prepare for a potential career with Corteva Agriscience.
The Professional Intern – Field Operations will support safe, effective and efficient management of seed production processes. Field Operations Interns will assist the Plant Agronomist in the production of seed. They will be responsible for scouting and Integrated Pest Management duties including but not limited to supply research studies, economic injury threshold evaluation, weed and disease identification, and crop progress reporting. The intern will play an important role in raising a quality and high yielding seed crop. The intern will be exposed to a number of duties performed by a Corteva Agriscience Production Agronomist in the day-to-day activities of seed production. The intern will be assigned a special project by the Agronomist.
The 2022 position locations will include seed production facilities in the Midwest. Geographic flexibility is necessary. Position start dates will be May 2022.
Qualifications – External
The preferred candidate will be a student in their Junior year pursuing a 4-year degree in agronomy, agriculture business, agriculture studies, agricultural systems technology, or related field with a broad interest in the agriculture industry. Previous internships in production agriculture or relevant experience preferred. Strong communication skills (oral and written), teamwork and leadership skills, strong computer and analytical skills are required. Potential candidates should possess: the ability to work effectively within a team environment; lead and influence teams/projects; and the ability work in and adapt to a rapidly changing business environment.
Other requirements include: the ability to work in crop production fields, have limited exposure to chemicals, dust, noise, temperature variation; moderate lifting 50-100 lbs., ability to work long days during peak seasons. Must also be willing to travel between production locations and company headquarters as needed.
Part of the Professional Internship Program is completing an assigned project and presenting the results to a group of business leaders in Johnston, Iowa. Professional development opportunities include exposure to other parts of the seed production business.