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Operations Research Intern - Summer 2023 (Open to Remote)

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Job ID 238229 Date posted 09/13/2022 Location : Wayzata, Minnesota

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.

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Envision 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 important 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. As an intern, you will encounter 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 form 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!

Cargill Operations Research Internship

Cargill has a significant presence across agricultural supply chains globally and has more than 1500 manufacturing assets across the world. With that footprint come massive amounts of unique and challenging problems. Operations research unleashes the power of optimization, simulation, and decision analytics to improve manufacturing and logistics.  Companies are increasingly turning to operations research to solve problems that have historically been out of reach due to excessive size or complexity.

This position is part of the Engineering and Data Sciences team.  Your project will connect you to the business where you will interact with a multidisciplinary team of plant managers, process control engineers, etc. You will bring strong technical skills to our data science capabilities. You will explore, connect, and mine data; plus develop models using algorithms for mathematical optimization and build discrete event simulations. In this position you will be part of the Operations Research Capability where you will be working to solve scheduling, logistics, formulation, assignment, and forecasting problems. 

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 Engineering and Data Science team. Interns will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain immediate hands-on work experience in one of the world’s largest agribusiness companies.
  • Receive periodic and candid feedback on job performance.

Internship Programming:

  • Housing assistance and relocation reimbursement are available to interns who qualify.
  • Internships are paid and are typically 12 weeks in duration.
  • Day-to-day transportation to and from work is the responsibility of the intern.
  • Throughout the internship, interns and co-ops 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/co-ops across the U.S.

Professional Networks:

We promote 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 maximize 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
  • Cargill Women’s Network

Job Location:

The preferred work location is at our Cargill Headquarters in Wayzata, MN. A remote work location will be considered on a case by case basis. Relocation assistance is available for candidates who qualify. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be currently enrolled in a MSc or PhD program in Engineering, Data Science, Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, or related STEM fields with a graduation date of December 2023 or later. 
  • Ability to complete a 12-week internship in the summer (May/June - August 2023)
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong background in statistics, discrete math, and linear algebra
  • Experience in developing and testing optimization and simulation models
  • In-depth knowledge of various classes of optimization problems, e.g., linear, integer, stochastic, network, and simulation modeling, e.g., discrete event simulation, agent-based modeling, Monte Carlo simulation, system dynamics.
  • Proficiency in Python (e.g., pandas, scikit-learn, matplotlib, NumPy)
  • Ability to understand complex and ambiguous business needs and apply the right tools and approaches
  • Interested in learning model deployment in a production setting
  • Curious, self-motivated, driven, and have a passion for problem solving
  • Collaborative team player

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Geographically flexible and willing to relocate for an internship opportunity in Minneapolis, MN
  • GPA of 3.0 or above out of a 4.0 scale 
  • Preferably graduating with a Master's or PhD degree by December of 2024
  • Experience using optimization and simulation software, such as Gurobi and AnyLogic
  • Experience with machine learning and data mining tools
  • Experience with debugging and computer system performance analysis tools
  • Experience writing queries in SQL and working with databases
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience
  • Strong aptitude for business
  • Previous internship or work-related experience

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

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