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Biotechnology R&D Intern 2023

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Job ID 227750 Date posted 08/11/2022 Location : Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota | Plymouth, Minnesota

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Your Internship at Cargill:

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. 

Biotechnology R&D Internship:

The Core Research and Development (Core R&D) group at Cargill will provide an internship opportunity for a student with a career interest in Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology, or Fermentation. This internship will provide the opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to a business environment. Projects will be determined based on individual qualifications.

Principal Accountabilities:

You will be assigned to one or two core projects that will be substantive in nature.  You will be the primary technical contributor for work on the project, with leadership support from the Core R&D team. 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

Job Location:

Plymouth, MN

Required Qualifications:

  • Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D. in biotechnology, life science, engineering or related field, graduating between December 2023 and May 2025.
  • All candidates must be geographically flexible and willing to relocate to the Minneapolis, MN area for this internship opportunity
  • Able to complete a 12-week internship preferably in the summer (May/June - August 2023) or during the Fall Semester (August/September – December 2023)
  • Practical experience in a research lab setting (e.g. experience with bioinformatics, genomics/proteomics/metabolomics, biochemical engineering, fermentation, microbiology and /or molecular biology techniques)
  • Basic technical skills beyond course work in omics, fermentation, microbiology and/or molecular biology
  • Proven ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Well organized and detail oriented
  • Ability to prioritize and manage a large workload with multiple priorities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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
  • Overall GPA 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability of collaboration, communication, motivation, interpersonal effectiveness, teamwork and successful completion of work.
  • Demonstrated problem solving and decision-making.
  • Strong leadership and technical skills.

Our Internship 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 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. 

Internship Details:

  • Internships are typically 12 weeks in duration. 

  • Interns are paid hourly for time worked. 

  • Interns are responsible for transportation to and from work. 

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. 


Cargill highly encourages vaccinations but does not mandate at this time.  Upon hire, you will be asked to provide your vaccination status, and if unvaccinated or if you choose not to disclose, you would be expected to follow Cargill’s safety protocols for unvaccinated employees (i.e., mask mandates, and social distancing).

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

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