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Corporate Strategy Associate Intern 2024

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Job ID 275831 Date posted 09/01/2023 Location : Wayzata, Minnesota

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 155,000 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.

Position Application:

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

The application deadline is Thursday, November 30th at 11:59pm (CST). Please submit a current resume and cover letter (both are required). Please save your resume and cover letter as one attachment. 

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. 

Corporate Strategy Associate Internship: 

The Corporate Strategy Associate Intern will work on high priority projects and initiatives sponsored by Cargill’s Executive Team and other senior business leaders to develop high-impact corporate, business, and function strategies. Working within Cargill's Corporate Strategy group provides an exciting chance to create a meaningful impact within our company and the broader Food & Agriculture industry. You will work in partnership with Cargill’s leadership as trusted internal consultants to set Cargill’s strategic direction and drive sustained, profitable growth in an increasingly dynamic and global Food & Agriculture environment. You will think about how to manage the risks and gather the opportunities presented by the biggest global issues facing the world today – from food security, resource scarcity, and climate change to global trade flows and new technologies. Specific work may include evaluating market entry opportunities, developing new business models, or defining our long-term corporate strategy in response to emerging industry trends. 

Principal Accountabilities: 

  • Written and verbal communications, including storyline development and executive presentation preparation 
  • Planning and structuring work in support of team leaders and overall project management 
  • Problem solving, including developing and testing hypotheses, qualitative and quantitative data gathering and analysis working towards feasible solutions 
  • Collaboration with business partners to capture information, build consensus for recommendations, etc. 
  • Participate in professional development activities such as training and educational events with senior leaders  
  • Bring an objective and external lens to Cargill 

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. 
  • Throughout the internship, interns 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 paid and are 10 weeks in duration. 
  • Interns who demonstrate outstanding performance and a curiosity to learn more may be offered a second internship (for dual degree candidates graduating after summer 2024) or full-time position for the following year. 
  • Housing assistance and relocation reimbursement are available to interns who qualify 
  • Day-to-day transportation to and from work (in Wayzata, MN) is the responsibility of the intern. 
  • As employees, interns receive access to volunteer and community outreach opportunities and paid time off for volunteer activities. 
  • Throughout the internship, interns are encouraged to participate in events that will give exposure to leadership, provide development opportunities, and offer the ability to network with cross-functional interns across the U.S. 

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 Location:

  • This position is based in Wayzata, MN 
  • This hybrid position has expectations around regular time in the office and allows for remote work at other times 

Required Qualifications: 

  • Pursuing an MBA or relevant Master’s degree with anticipated graduation date in 2025 or 2026
  • Please note that a cover letter is required to be submitted with your application along with a resume. Please submit your cover letter and resume as one attachment to your application.
  • 2-4 years of relevant work experience in consulting, strategy, food/agriculture, or other applicable roles 
  • Able to complete a 10 week internship in the summer (May/June - August 2024)  
  • Demonstrated problem-solving abilities with strong business acumen, especially complex, ambiguous problems requiring integrated application of skills (e.g., finance, marketing, strategy, operations) 
  • Demonstrated team and project leadership skills 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • High sense of accountability, strong will to succeed, and demonstrated desire to learn 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • International business experience 
  • Bilingual, especially Spanish or Portuguese 
  • Ability to navigate complex organizations 
  • Ability to operate with partners across all levels of an organization 
  • Ability to travel, potentially up to 20% (depending on project needs) 
  • Exposure to, or demonstrated affinity for, Food & Ag or related industries 

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

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