Science and Technology Intern 2021
The Science and Technology department of the NPB is seeking two summer interns. The selected interns will work with Directors and Managers in this department 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 science and technology needs of the pork industry.
Working within National Pork Board teams to complete specific new and on-going projects or independent projects within the program areas listed above.
- Participating in the planning and operation of meetings at local, state, and national levels.
- Assisting with NPB activities at World Pork Expo, June 2021.
- Attending and participating in technical working groups, industry meetings, as well as departmental and organizational staff meetings.
Note: The nature of many of the activities within the Science and Technology department 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 departmental objectives.
- Able to work on several projects at one time 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:
- Internships begin approximately May 17, 2021 and continue through approximately August 6, 2021.
- 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.
- Application deadline is October 30, 2020, no phone calls please
The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, technology, swine health, pork safety and environmental management. Applicants should be able to support the mission of the organization with enthusiasm to serve U.S. pork producers.
The National Pork Board has been recognized nationally as a “best place to work”. We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an exceptional benefits package and work environment. Visit us online at www.pork.org.