Skip to main content

Operations Management Intern

Apply Now
Job ID 274256 Date posted 08/15/2023 Location : High River, Canada | Calgary, Canada Category  BUILD OPERATE MAINTAIN (PLANT OPNS) Job Status  Hourly Full Time

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 154 years of experience to connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive.

Operations Management Intern

All candidates must complete Cargill’s online application prior to interviewing. Below you will find a link that will direct you to complete the application for this position. To be considered for employment with Cargill, you must apply online and complete the entire application process, along with an e-signature. Please complete your application as soon as possible.

Please note, applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis with the possibility of filling the role before the application deadline. Please submit your application as soon as possible, so it may be reviewed to be considered for the position.

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.

Operations Management Internship

As an Operations Management Intern, you will gain exposure to the workflow of plant and/or distribution operations. You will be given a project to improve a facet of the current operation, have the opportunity to use the skills you have gained in the classroom to a real life setting, and have the ability to tackle additional projects that interest you. Additionally, Interns will be exposed to a number of areas to learn skills and gain knowledge vital to succeed in an operations leadership role, including but not limited to:

  • Operations
  • Environmental, Health & Safety Leadership
  • Engineering/Maintenance
  • Accounting
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Human Resources/Talent Management/Employee Relations
  • And much more based on your areas of interest!

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 16 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 importance to our businesses.
  • 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.
  • 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 Canada.

Internship Details

  • Internships are paid and are at least 16 weeks in duration. 
  • Interns are paid hourly for time worked.
  • Interns are responsible for transportation to and from work.
  • 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:

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing program
  • Digital Learning Library
  • Housing assistance and relocation reimbursement is offered to those who qualify (based on mileage). 

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.

Job Locations

  • High River, AB
  • Calgary, AB
  • Plant Setting

Required Qualifications

  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited program in any field and graduating between December 2024 and May 2026.
  • Able to complete a 16-week internship May - August 2024 
  • 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
  • Must be legally entitled to work for Cargill in Canada 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Pursuing an agriculture or business-related degree; 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, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Distribution).

Cargill is an equal opportunity employer and committed to providing accommodation to our job applicants with disabilities.

Apply Now

Linkedin Job Matcher

Find where you fit in at Cargill. Log in to connect your LinkedIn profile and we’ll use your skills and experience to search the jobs that might be right for you.

Find Your Match


The Cargill Cocoa Promise is committed to securing a thriving cocoa sector for generations.

Learn More (Sustainable Coco)

& Inclusion

Our inclusive culture helps us shape the future of the world.

Learn More (Inclusion & Diversity)

Life at

Discover how you can achieve your higher purpose with a career at Cargill. Learn More

View All of Our Available Opportunities