Smithfield Foods

Food Safety & Quality Assurance Intern - Summer 2018

US-VA-Smithfield | US-SD-Sioux Falls | US-VA-Smithfield-North Plant
FLSA Status
Corporate - Day Shift


The Smithfield internship program offers students a paid opportunity to work in an environment that fosters real-life experiences, explores career options and applies your education.  You will become a part of key management meetings and participate in meaningful projects.  Our goal is to provide a working environment that not only encourages creativity, but offers equality, diversity, mutual respect and productivity.  Our summer internships are typically 10 weeks. 



EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.


  • You will have exposure and the opportunity to broaden your skills through impactful work, mentored relationships, and will gain real world exposure to different disciplines on Smithfield's Frest Meat Quality Assurance team. 
  • Work in both Food Safety and Quality Assurance departments to gain full perspective of how the departments function daily. 
  • Work with cross functional departments within the facility to gain understanding of how the departments support the plant and how QA/FS interacts with them. Departments include: R&D, Accounting, Safety, Operations, Scheduling, Maintenance and Industrial Engineering.
  • Learn company specific paperless systems and assist in implementation and training of them.
  • Gain knowledge of Fresh pork labeling and regulatory compliance, customer/ vendor approval process, and co-packer approval process.
  • Learn and understand the Quality Management system for Smithfield.
  • Achieve knowledge of our Technical Services team and functions within the organization.
  • Learn the DCS system and become familiar with Product Quality Specs. Use this knowledge to assist in data migration to new specification systems for product quality and safety control.


  • Science/Food Safety/Food Science, Animal Science, Agribusiness or related major preferred
  • Must have completed your sophomore year in college
  • Must have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Must have working experience with Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Must have the willingness to learn and work in a team environment
  • Must be a proactive thinker and self-motivated


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