Engineering Part Time Internship Summer 2023 - Cargill Bio-Industrials
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Our internships/co-ops 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.
Our Engineering Interns work in one of our many production facilities located in communities across the United States. We have many diverse businesses, and this role will work in our Cargill Bio Industrial (CBI) business.
The Cargill Bioindustrial group recognizes the increasing commercial and consumer demand for renewable and sustainable products along with answering the regulatory need to eliminate toxic and unsafe products. With the increasing viability of bio-based alternatives, CBI leverages more than 60 years’ experience in agriculture-based chemistry for industrial applications. This enables us to provide our customers with a more sustainable solution over fossil-based alternatives.
Bioindustrial enables Cargill to play a broader role in creating solutions that are better for people and better for the planet. There, you will learn to lead production or maintenance employees, project teams, contractors or technical operations teams executing on critical initiatives and projects in a fast-paced, production environment. Although business processes vary, the design of this role provides appropriate exposure to the people management and technical components of the role. The intent of the Engineer Intern role is to allow individuals to be exposed to the technical and management aspects of engineering, while beginning to develop an interest for longer term career aspirations.
This internship will play an important role in the asset validation process as a part of reliability excellence. Some of the work will include:
- Auditing equipment and installation – walking down the field lines and verifying against the database
- Reliability excellence work to enable operators – partner with the operators to create applicable equipment labels and flow direction in the field and create descriptive work orders for anything needing repair
- Partner on the P&ID Process using AutoCAD
- Organize equipment documentation to streamline efficiencies
- Manage & Create inventory tracking solution
What lies ahead as a full-time engineer could be a career path in any of the following:
- Production Management Engineers - Lead people, process, and input/product in a plant environment. They will be involved in day-to-day direct supervision of operators and production activities and participate in daily production management meetings. Engineers will learn how to comprehend and handle all aspects of government regulations and compliance programs including environmental, health, safety, maintenance, and housekeeping. Production Management Engineers typically develop teams of production employees within the first two years of their careers and have responsibility for hiring, scheduling, motivating, and handling employee relation issues. They will also be involved in process optimization, equipment, and process reliability, and may run capital projects.
- Process/Project Engineering - Responsible for business case development, vendor selection, budget management, and project management responsibilities for major projects and improvements involving process optimization, safety, quality, infrastructure, and energy use. They have heavy involvement with various innovation processes, idea generation systems, and reliability centered design, and they help implement technical initiatives driven from global Process Development Groups, Centers of Excellence, and Research & Development.
- Maintenance & Reliability Engineers – Engage teams, improve processes, and utilize assets related to the effective operation of facility production to ensure downtime and repair costs are minimal. Supervise specialized teams and work activities related to runtime. Lead short- and long-term planning activities including weekly maintenance activities, capital projects and process improvement utilizing tools such as: Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM), Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Root Cause Analysis (RCA), 5S and 5-Why to the prevention of equipment failures.
- 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.
- Interns and co-ops are invited to participate in events throughout their intern/co-op that will give exposure to leadership, provide development opportunities, and offer the ability to network with cross-functional interns/co-ops/associates across the U.S.
- Internships are typically 12 weeks in duration over the summer, but this internship will ideally extend into the fall pending business need and performance.
- This internship will be approximately 20-30 hours per week and will be on site at our Chicago, IL plant
- Interns are paid hourly for time worked.
- Interns are responsible for transportation to and from work.
- Location: Chicago, IL
- The plant environment is team oriented, fast paced, and hands-on.
- Our environment will focus on employee engagement, inclusion, and innovation.
- Interns are given the opportunity to showcase their skills and gain hands-on experience working on different projects including upgrading current systems.
- This job involves physical activity which generally requires a moderate amount of exertion on a regular basis – involving walking, bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, reaching, working on irregular surfaces, occasional lifting of objects weighing over 50 pounds and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds. The work may also involve other exertions, conditions, or exposures (i.e.- heat, cold, grain dust, etc.).
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
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.
- Chicago, IL (12201 South Torrence Avenue, Chicago, IL)
- No relocation offered for this position.
- Currently pursuing a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering (ChE), BioChemical Engineering (BChE), Mechanical Engineering (ME), Biosystems Engineering (BSE), Electrical Engineering (EE), Industrial Engineering (IE), Environmental Engineering, Packaging or other related engineering discipline
- Bachelor’s/master’s degree to be/recently completed between December 2023 – May 2025
- 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
- Proven ability to work optimally with individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds and cultures
- Must be willing to work out of the Chicago, IL CBI plant for 20-30 hours per week
- Able to complete an internship starting Summer 2023 extending through December 2023, pending business need and performance.
- Must possess a high degree of initiative and resourcefulness in completing work with limited guidance
- Overall 2.7 GPA preferred.
- Ability to relate technical knowledge to job-related duties.
- Demonstrated ability to solve problems and make decisions independently.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Leadership experience
Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.
Working at Cargill is an opportunity to thrive—a place to develop your career to the fullest while engaging in meaningful work that makes a positive impact around the globe. You will be proud to work for a company with a strong history of ethics and a purpose of nourishing people. We offer a diverse, supportive environment where you will grow personally and professionally as you learn from some of the most talented people in your field. With more than 150 years of experience, Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products, and services to the world. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact, and improving the communities where we live and work. Learn more at www.cargill.com.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability status.
Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.
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