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Summer 2022 - Research Intern 

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Summer 2022 - Research Intern

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The Smithfield Foods 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. 


Our Summer Internship roles will be based in various locations across the country and offer potential travel opportunities. 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 team.


The Research Intern is responsible for collecting data and samples as outlined in protocols for research trials. This position also monitors and cares for animals on research trials.

Core Responsibilities:

Gains a general understanding of work processes and how these processes interrelate to overall company efforts in their specified area of production.Farms- Breeding, Farrowing, Boar Stud, Nursery and/or Finisher

Feed Mills

Performs competencies and tasks as specified in the Intern Development Plan

Attend developmental training and workshops for the Summer Internship Program

Develops and establishes rapport/relationships with all associated personnel and management.

Develops and prepares required final presentation based upon experiences encountered and findings of individual department project to senior leadership and peers. Presentation will address/share opportunities for improvement.

Performs other duties and responsibilities as defined by management according to standards.

Possesses ability to lift up to 50 pounds, do frequent stooping, bending, climbing, walking, and lifting

Possesses ability to work a flexible schedule including week-end work.

Provide own transportation to and from the work-site

Works daily on research farm; including tagging, weighing and moving pigs of all sizes

Collects blood samples and oral fluids

Vaccinates animals

Implements and follows all protocols for each research trial; including recording all necessary data

Performs and masters all methods of data collection; including operating individual scales

Reports all environmental issues immediately to their supervisor

Reads and understands the company’s emergency notification process and will be responsible for reviewing that policy at their work site

Work weekends as scheduled

Follows all company animal care, IPS, and biosecurity policies

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 preferred but not required

Must be actively enrolled in a college or university.

Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

Experience working with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

Willingness to learn and work in a team environment and independently as situations arise.

Proactive thinker and self-motivated.

Strong time and organizational management skills

Careers and Benefits:

To learn more about Smithfield’s benefits, visit .





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About Smithfield Foods:

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. With more than 60,000 jobs globally, we are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly®" and serve as one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in our U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our communities. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan's Famous®, among many others. For more information, visit , and connect with us on , , and .

EEO/AA Information:

Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.