Cargill Engineering R&D (Data Science) Intern 2019 in Plymouth, Minnesota

Engineering R&D (Data Science) Intern 2019

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.


Engineering R&D Data Science Internship:

The EngRD function is one of Cargill's corporate research groups based in Minneapolis, MN. This is a fast-paced, growing area within Cargill, and impacts the full range of Cargill's operations - from grain and oilseed global supply chains to renewable polymers and novel food ingredients. Our scope includes projects from conception to production using agile development to insure a successful project for Cargill. We have a diverse range of projects including computer vision, machine learning, signal detection, optimization and more.

The Engineering Research and Development (EngRD) function at Cargill will provide students with a graduate student background the opportunity to apply knowledge in an industrial setting. The internship program is designed to provide students with appropriate projects that bring value to Cargill and EngRD.

We are looking for additional highly skilled data scientists who are enthusiastic about tackling advanced analytic projects that span across commodity trading, business optimization, and marketing insights.

Principal Accountabilities:

You will be assigned to one or two core projects that will be substantive in nature. You will be the primary technical contributor for work on the project, with leadership support from the Engineering R&D team. Interns will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain immediate hands on work experience in one of the world’s largest agribusiness companies.

  • Receive periodic and candid feedback on job performance.

  • Work on real data science projects.


Internships target a 12 weeks in duration. Summer is preferred for candidate and Cargill because there are a large number of interns and intern activities in the Minneapolis area:

Internship Programming:

  • Cargill offers both housing assistance and relocation reimbursement to interns who qualify (based on mileage).

  • Internships are paid and are at least 12 weeks in duration.

  • Day–to-day transportation to and from work is the responsibility of the intern.

  • Attend Intern Forum, an event held at Cargill headquarters in Minneapolis, MN, designed to give exposure to leadership and cross-functional interns from across the U.S.

Job Locations:

  • Plymouth, MN


Required Qualifications:

  • Currently pursuing a M.S. or Ph.D in Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, Engineering. Operations Research, or other related field with a rigorous mathematical and programming curriculum

  • Demonstrated abilities with applied programming R (e.g. ggplot2, cluster, dplyr, caret), Python (e.g. pandas, scikit-learn, bokeh, nltk)

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to work effectively in a diverse team and communicate with both technical and non-technical people

  • All candidates must be geographically flexible and willing to relocate for an internship opportunity anywhere in the U.S.

  • Able to complete a 12-week internship in the summer (May/June - August 2019)

  • Must be able to complete essential functions of this job as outlined in the job description with reasonable accommodations

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience/education in data science projects

  • Experience in deep learning neural networks

  • Experience with weather and geospatial data

  • Experience with “computer vision” applications with images and video

  • Knowledge of trading signal detection analytics

  • Experience with Big Data development in Hadoop and Spark frameworks

  • 3.0 GPA or above preferred

  • Entering final year of graduate program.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Research and Development

Primary Location US-MN-Plymouth

Req ID: UNI05531