Seed Production Intern– Hawaii

Monsanto is seeking a highly motivated individual with the ability to learn and grow within our organization. At Monsanto, we produce some of the industry's most recognized seed brands, including DEKALB, Asgrow, Deltapine, and Seminis. Monsanto is committed to increasing crop yields and improving the lives of farm families. Every day, we invest more than $2.6 million to discover and deliver innovative technologies. Here on Hawaii we produce new varieties of corn and soybeans year round and have a unique opportunity to work in an agricultural environment found almost nowhere else in the world.


Responsibilities:

The Seed Production Intern role is designed to be a hands on learning opportunity related to business, agriculture, and science in real world application of seed production. The selected candidate will spend time both executing several key projects along with cross training across the Hawaii operations on a roughly 50/50 split. Interns will be involved in fundamental aspects of crop production such as plant health monitoring, planting, irrigation, harvesting, seed processing, planning, and logistics. The intern will be exposed to the business as much as possible during their employment to gain valuable process knowledge for future career opportunities. Daily activities will likely include field activities such as performing field inspections, and warehouse/processing activities such as quality sampling and testing. A key component of the program is to also complete at least one specific project. Several of the potential projects are listed below and will be matched with the successful candidate during the on boarding process based on business needs and intern interest the specific area. Upon completion of the internship each intern will also participate in a leadership review where they will share their major accomplishments and learning’s.

Potential Projects :
  • Study the effectiveness of various approaches to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) such as trap crops, application timing, and beneficial insect presence to improve crop health
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of different cover cropping species to determine an ideal mix/plan to improve soil health.
  • Develop and execute a soil sampling/mapping program including making recommendations for equipment, software, sample collection methods, processing, and action plans based on the results of the program.
  • Complete a lean or six sigma project in one of the operations that can help identify methods to streamline operations and reduce waste. An example might be completing a project to evaluate ways to reduce the amount of labor needed to complete irrigation activities.
  • Complete a Zero Waste project identifying opportunities and making recommendations to help Monsanto achieve its “zero waste” goals


Required Skills/ Experiences:
  • Currently enrolled in a Bachelors or Masters program in Business, Supply Chain, Engineering, Agriculture, Science, or similar programs.
  • Ability to commit to a 3 month period (~12 weeks) from May-August
  • Ability to build relationships and work well in a team based environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a deadline while being able to focus on details
  • Strong problem solving skills and an ability to organize (thoughts, data, etc)
  • Excellent computer skills related to data acquisition and record keeping
  • Demonstrated leadership ability. Desire to learn and willing to ask questions and able to adapt to change
  • Limited Travel may be required within the Hawaiian islands
  • Hawaii Residents preferred but not required

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