Cargill Cargill Diversity Leadership Summit - Commodity Trading Intern Summer 2019 in Wayzata, Minnesota

Cargill Diversity Leadership Summit - Commodity Trading Intern Summer 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.


Attachments required in application:

1. Current resume

2. 500 word essay (250 words for each question) answering both questions:

a. What are your expectations from Cargill’s Diversity Leadership Summit?

b. How have you made an impact on diversity within your community?

This internship is for candidates who are interested in attending the Cargill Diversity Leadership Summit Summer 2018. Please apply by 5:00p.m. CST April 13, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted.

Cargill Diversity Leadership Summit - Minneapolis, MN

Cargill’s Diversity Leadership Summit is a two-day program that focuses on diversity and inclusion, and leadership development. This year's Diversity Leadership Summit will take place on August 14-15, 2018. During the two days, attendees may:

  • Gain invaluable exposure to various Cargill opportunities and careers

  • Interact with Cargill leaders across the company

  • Participate in activities which may include: developmental workshops, panels, and case studies

  • Hear from our Business Resource Groups and learn about the value of diversity and inclusion at Cargill

All attendees will have a guaranteed internship interview and will return to school with the chance of a job offer in hand!

Internships at Cargill:

Imagine an internship where you get the chance to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to a real-life environment and then multiply that tenfold. From day one, you will be an integral part of the team. Internships are 12 weeks long, and we pride ourselves on having one of the most diverse internship programs in the industry. During the internship, you will tackle real challenges, cultivate your curiosity, have client exposure, enjoy both personal and team accomplishments and have your initiative acknowledged along the way. You will collaborate and build relationships with colleagues and clients who represent diverse work, culture and resolution styles. We look for people who want to grow, support, think and produce.

Commodity Trading Internship:

Our commodity merchant internship program enables the individual to build relationships with internal and external customers in order to successfully buy, move, process, and/or sell grain and its products. It is the blending of skills and knowledge in a fast paced, dynamic working environment. The merchant intern will practice and grow their understanding in economics, communications, customer service, risk assessment, and decision-making.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Develop and maintain customer relationships with country elevators, producers, feed mills, end users and processors

  • Analyze supply and demand, survey market conditions, and other economic forces in order to maintain and grow Cargill's position in the market place

  • Initiate, negotiate and agree on terms of commodity purchase/sale contracts, such as price, quality, quantity, transportation, timing and payment

  • Coordinate transportation and logistics to execute commodity contracts

  • Ensure thorough and accurate follow-up, execution, and closure of all contracts

  • Provide timely and effective communication and interaction with other Cargill teams such as sales, transportation and logistics, quality assurance, plant personnel, engineers, and accountants

  • Make occasional plant and crop survey trips to visit with suppliers, and internal and external customers

  • Complete and present a project that is critical to the work process, customer interaction or market improvement

  • Complete and collaborate on other projects and assignments as needed

Key Capabilities for Success:

  • Strong analytical, quantitative, and problem-solving skills

  • Sound judgment and decision-making skills, even when outcome is uncertain

  • Comfortable taking and managing risks and challenging the status quo

  • Strong oral and written communication skills; strong persuasion and negotiation skills

  • Effective interpersonal skills; working in a team environment; coaching and developing others

  • Essential leadership qualities of integrity, conviction and courage

  • Motivated and driven to succeed

  • Adaptable, flexible and able to work in a fast paced, price-volatile, changing environment

  • Willing to relocate and accept challenging responsibilities

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

  • Interns who demonstrate exceptional performance and a curiosity to learn more may be offered a full-time position for the following year

  • The Commodity Merchant internship role offers quick integration into the business through clear work expectations and responsibilities

  • Participate in team building activities in a team-oriented, fast-paced, hands-on environment

Job Locations:

  • Various U.S. locations

  • Plant or office setting, must be open to interning in either type of setting


Application Process:

Candidates who meet the below qualifications will be asked to complete an assessment after successfully submitting the online application.

Required Qualifications:

  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited program graduating between December 2019 and August 2020

  • Overall 3.0 GPA or higher

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

  • Successfully completed, currently enrolled, or planning to complete before graduating, either a Micro or Macro introductory college-level Economics course

  • Right to work in the U.S. that is not based solely on possession of a student visa or a visa sponsored by a third party employer

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures

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

  • Must possess a high degree of initiative and resourcefulness in completing work with limited guidance

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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Currently pursuing a degree from an accredited program with a major or emphasis in Business or Ag Economics graduating between December 2019 and August 2020

Working at Cargill is an opportunity to thrive—a place to develop your career to the fullest while engaging in meaningful work that makes a positive impact around the globe. You will be proud to work for a company with a strong history of ethics and a purpose of nourishing people. We offer a diverse, supportive environment where you will grow personally and professionally as you learn from some of the most talented people in your field. With more than 150 years of experience, Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services t o the world. 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. Learn more at

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability status.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Trading & Merchandising

Primary Location US-MN-Wayzata

Req ID: UNI05458