Smithfield Foods

  • Finance Intern - Summer 2019

    Job Locations
    FLSA Status
    Corporate - Day Shift
  • Overview

    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.


    Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:

    • 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 Finance team. 
    • This position will give the motivated individual unique access to the inner workings of our business.  They will be exposed to Operations, Finance, Supply Chain, and Sales and have the opportunity to document and present ideas and best practices across multiple groups.
    • Evaluate and analyze line performance to identify reasons standard labor performances are not achieved.
    • Discussions with line supervisors and superintendents to understand constraints in reaching standards so we can document issues we must overcome.
    • Develop an actionable item plan and present to plant management in a formal setting where interactive discussion generates actionable plans.
    • Plant tours will focus on identifying and documenting best practices.
    • Understand how to approach analyzing a process, what represents inefficient activity on the line, how to evaluate what are the root causes of the inefficiencies, communicating with management, and how to develop a viable solution agreeable by management to drive bottom line cost savings. 
    • Create formal proposals and presentations to various levels of management.

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

    • Finance, Accounting, Agribusiness or Related Major
    • Must have completed your sophomore year in college.
    • Must be in good academic standing.
    • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
    • Experience working with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
    • Willingness to learn and work in a team environment.
    • Proactive thinker and self-motivated.
    • Strong time, project, and organizational management skills.
    • The ability to work independently.

    Work Environment

    • The majority of the time is spent in an office setting outside of the production plant.  The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.
    • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when in the production area.

    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.


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