Smithfield Foods

  • R&D Innovation Intern - Summer 2019

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    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 Research & Development team. 
    • Basic understanding of product development process from ideation to finished product.
    • Understand meat quality and factors affecting finished product in both fresh and processed meats.
    • Understand ingredient functionality and how to formulate both fresh and processed products.
    • Have processing skills needed to successfully create various finished products from raw material.
    • 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.

    • Agribusiness, Meat Science, Food Science, Animal Science 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.

    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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