The National Pork Board is seeking two summer interns with an interest in swine health, management and/or sustainability. The selected interns will work with Directors and Managers to assist with projects in the following program areas: Animal Science, Animal Welfare, Public Health, Pork Safety, Pork Quality, Swine Health, Emerging Technology, Human Nutrition, and Environment. By the end of their internship, interns will have gained a deeper understanding of swine health, management and sustainability needs of the U.S. pork industry.
Work within National Pork Board teams to complete specific new and on-going projects or independent projects within the program areas listed above.
- Participate in the planning and operation of meetings at local, state, and national levels.
- Assist with NPB activities at World Pork Expo.
- Attend and participate in technical working groups, industry meetings, as well as departmental and organizational staff meetings.
Note: The nature of many of the activities requires the completion of both planned and unplanned tasks. Flexibility and the ability to become rapidly acquainted with new issues are important skills necessary for successful completion of program objectives.
- Able to work on several projects concurrently with a high attention to detail and quality of work.
- Competence in MS Office software programs.
- Willingness and ability to travel two to four days per month, including some overnight travel.
- Comfortable working in an environment that demands flexible scheduling, independent work, and shifting priorities.
- Able to become rapidly familiar with new topics, issues, or projects.
Interested candidates should at minimum currently hold or be working toward a bachelor’s degree in one of the following areas: Animal Science, Animal Welfare, Public Health, Food Safety, Swine Health / Veterinary Science, Agriculture Engineering, Human Nutrition, and Environmental Science. Additional training is encouraged but not required. Finally, an interest and commitment to the U.S. swine industry is required.
Criteria for applying:
- All internships are paid, and candidates are expected to work full-time for approximately 12 weeks.
- All positions are based at the NPB office in Des Moines, IA.
- All interns will be expected to secure their own housing for the summer.
- Interviews will take place in late-October/early-November with positions being filled by late-November.
- No phone calls please