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Corporate Development Associate Intern 2023

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Job ID 226826 Date posted 08/16/2022 Location : Wayzata, Minnesota

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Position Application:

To be considered for employment, candidates must apply online and complete the entire application process. Complete applications are required prior to participating in an interview process. Click the link below to directly access the position application. 

Application deadline December 4th at 11:59 pm (CST). Please submit a current resume and cover letter (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 Development Associate Internship Position: 

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 business needs, as well as personal capabilities and development goals. 

  • 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 documents, 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 mentorship and feedback to CD and other business team members.  

What we provide: 

  • Variety of transactions: 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 few years, members of the CD team have been involved in Cargill's JV with Continental Grain Company to acquire Sanderson Farms; the acquisition of Croda; an equity investment in Multiexport Foods; and the divestiture of a $10 billion alternative asset manager (CarVal Investors), among other transactions. 
  • A Global Experience: 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 Senior Leadership: work directly and frequently alongside senior executives. 
  • Strong General Management Foundation: In CD, you will have the opportunity to contribute to and lead project teams, hone advanced financial & corporate development knowledge and general management skills, and develop a network with colleagues from operations, finance, trading, and sales. 

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 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 paid and are typically 10 weeks in duration. 
  • Interns who demonstrate outstanding performance and a curiosity to learn more may be offered a full-time position for the following year (or an internship for dual degree candidates graduating after the summer of 2023). 
  • Housing assistance and relocation reimbursement are available to interns who qualify. 
  • Day-to-day transportation to and from work 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 2024 or 2025. 
  • Able to complete a 10 week internship in the summer (May/June- August 2023)  
  • Ability to lead teams across a diverse set of backgrounds and 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 
  • Work effectively with people at all levels in an organization and work collaboratively in a team environment 
  • Ability to learn from and contribute to a high-performance team 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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) 
  • Travel regionally up to 10% depending on COVID-19 related travel restrictions 

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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