Commodity Trading Intern Summer 2021
Internships at Cargill:
Imagine an internship where you get the chance to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to a real-life environment and then multiply that tenfold. From day one, you will be an integral part of the team. Internships are 12 weeks long, and we pride ourselves on having one of the most diverse internship programs in the industry. During the internship, you will tackle real challenges, cultivate your curiosity, have client exposure, enjoy both personal and team accomplishments and have your initiative acknowledged along the way. You will collaborate and build relationships with colleagues and clients who represent diverse work, culture and resolution styles. We look for people who want to grow, support, think and produce
Our Commodity Trading internship program enables the individual to build relationships with internal and external customers in order to successfully buy, move, process, and/or sell grain and its products. It is the blending of skills and knowledge in a fast paced, dynamic working environment. The trading intern will practice and grow their understanding in economics, communications, customer service, risk assessment, and decision-making.
- Develop and maintain customer relationships with country elevators, producers, feed mills, end users and processors
- Analyze supply and demand, survey market conditions, and other economic forces in order to maintain and grow Cargill's position in the market place
- Initiate, negotiate and agree on terms of commodity purchase/sale contracts, such as price, quality, quantity, transportation, timing and payment
- Coordinate transportation and logistics to execute commodity contracts
- Ensure thorough and accurate follow-up, execution, and closure of all contracts
- Provide timely and effective communication and interaction with other Cargill teams such as sales, transportation and logistics, quality assurance, plant personnel, engineers, and accountants
- Make occasional plant and crop survey trips to visit with suppliers, and internal and external customers
- Complete and present a project that is critical to the work process, customer interaction or market improvement
- Complete and collaborate on other projects and assignments as needed
Key Capabilities for Success:
- Strong analytical, quantitative, and problem solving skills
- Sound judgment and decision making skills, even when outcome is uncertain
- Comfortable taking and managing risks and challenging the status quo
- Strong oral and written communication skills; strong persuasion and negotiation skills
- Effective interpersonal skills; working in a team environment; coaching and developing others
- Essential leadership qualities of integrity, conviction and courage
- Motivated and driven to succeed
- Adaptable, flexible and able to work in a fast paced, price-volatile, changing environment
- Willing to relocate and accept challenging responsibilities
- Cargill offers both housing assistance and relocation reimbursement to interns who qualify.
- Internships are paid and are at least 12 weeks in duration.
- Day–to-day transportation to and from work is the responsibility of the intern.
- Attend Intern Forum, an event held at Cargill headquarters in Minneapolis, MN, designed to give exposure to leadership and cross-functional interns from across the U.S.
- Interns who demonstrate exceptional performance and a curiosity to learn more may be offered an internship, co-op or full-time position for the following year.
- As employees, interns receive access to Cargill volunteer and community outreach opportunities and paid time off to participate in volunteer activities.
We promote a culture that celebrates differences. This is a reflection of the clients we serve and generates intellectually diverse employees. Cargill’s Business Resource Groups (BRGs) help us embrace our diversity, make our culture more inclusive and leverage our employees’ unique 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
- Cargill Women’s Network
- Various U.S. locations
- Plant or office setting, must be open to interning in either type of setting
Candidates who meet the required qualifications below and who are selected for a final round interview will be asked to complete an assessment. Assessment must be completed within 72 hours of receiving.
- Pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited program graduating between December 2021 and August 2022
- Overall 3.0 GPA or higher
- Successfully completed, currently enrolled, or planning to complete before graduating, either a Micro or Macro introductory college-level Economics course
- All candidates must be geographically flexible and willing to relocate for an internship opportunity anywhere in the U.S.
- 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
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures
- Able to complete a 12-week internship in the summer (May/June - August 2021)
- Must possess a high degree of initiative and resourcefulness in completing work with limited guidance
- Currently pursuing a degree from an accredited program with a major or emphasis in Business or Ag Economics graduating between December 2020 and August 2021
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.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability status.
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