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Corporate Development Associate Intern 2021

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Job ID UNI05938 Date posted 08/21/2020 Location : Wayzata, Minnesota
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Who we are: 
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 culture of ethics and a purpose to nourish people. We offer a diverse and supportive environment where you will grow personally and professionally as you learn from some of the most talented individuals in the field. With over 150 years of experience, Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. We have around 143,000 employees in roughly 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 

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 approximately 10 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.

Corporate Development: 
Corporate Development (CD) is responsible for mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, equity investments and divestitures at both the corporate and business unit level. Individual project assignments are based on Cargill’s business needs, as well as personal capabilities and development goals.
Corporate Development Associate Internship Position: 
  • Manage, coordinate and execute M&A deals and processes.
  • Perform detailed financial analysis - develop comprehensive valuation and synergy models to calculate value of acquisition target and size of transaction. 
  • Perform sensitivity analyzes to assess changes in the value of the acquisition target across a variety of scenarios (macro-economic and commercial variables). 
  • Evaluate acquisition opportunities including review of target company's financial statements, customer contracts, commercial results, financing agreements, and industry reports. 
  • Assist in preparation and presentation of investment recommendations to Cargill's Executive Team and Board of Directors.
  • Participate in financial and commercial negotiations with counterparties on behalf of Cargill as part of potential transactions.
  • Engage with Cargill’s businesses to manage transaction processes. 
  • Support directors, managers and other associates in a wide range of projects.   
  • Provide coaching and feedback to CD and other business team members.
What we provide: 
  • Variety of transactions: You will work on cultivating and executing corporate development projects (including acquisitions, divestitures, joint-ventures and investments) across Cargill’s broad array of businesses in the Americas and globally. Over the last year, members of the CD team have been involved in Cargill’s equity investment in the Series A of a cell-based meat company (Aleph Farms), the divestiture of a $10 billion alternative asset manager (CarVal Investors), and the acquisition of a Colombian poultry company (Campollo), among other transactions.  
  • A Global Experience: You will think about how to manage the risks and leverage the opportunities presented by the biggest global issues facing the world today – from food security, food safety, and sustainability to global trade flows and new technologies and business models. 
  • Exposure to Cargill’s Senior Leadership: You will work directly and frequently alongside Cargill’s senior executives.
  • Strong General Management Foundation: In CD, you will have the opportunity to contribute to and lead high-performing project teams, hone advanced financial & corporate development knowledge and general management skills, and develop a network with colleagues from operations, finance, trading, and sales.

Internship Programming: 
  • Cargill offers relocation reimbursement to interns who qualify.
  • Internships are paid and are 8-10 weeks in duration.
  • Day–to-day transportation to and from work is the responsibility of the intern.
  • 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. 

Job Locations:
  • Wayzata, MN

  • Pursuing an MBA or relevant advanced degree with anticipated graduation date in Spring/Summer 2022 or December 2021   
  • Proven ability to lead teams across diverse backgrounds and ability to work with teams across functions and businesses on transactions, including senior leadership (CXO level) 
  • Strong valuation knowledge (particularly discounted cash flow) and strong understanding of financial and accounting principles 
  • Ability to execute financial modeling efforts at a high level, including providing guidance to junior team members and ensuring consistent quality and accuracy of analysis 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people at all levels in an organization and work collaboratively in a team environment  
  • “Can do” attitude and a willingness to learn from and contribute to a high-performance team 
  • Willingness to travel regionally up to 10% depending on COVID-19 related travel restrictions
  • Able to complete a 10-week internship in the summer (May/June - August 2021)
  • Must possess a high degree of initiative and resourcefulness in completing work with limited guidance

  • Fluency in Spanish or Portuguese  
  • International experience 
  • Degree concentration in finance 
  • Prior experience in transactions, including playing an integral part during the due diligence process 
  • Previous work experience in an investment bank, private equity firm, boutique advisory, Big 4 or a multi-national corporation (corporate development or business development function) 

Professional Networks:
We promote a culture that celebrates differences. This reflects 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
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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