Southern States' Summer Exploring Agronomy Internship Program is for students and gives students an opportunity to explore, experience and contribute to our overall success. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.50 or above and be currently enrolled and attending a technical school, community college or a 2yr/4yr college or university. The program offers competitive pay and will extend for 10-12 consecutive weeks 40 hours per week.
In partnership with our Cooperative Member, Growmark, you will be required to participate at a Intern Kick-Off Event for your summer internship. Travel will be required for this event.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
Provide an opportunity for learning and engagement in various functional areas within the Agronomy field. Position will serve in various capacities within each functional area which will allow for on-the-job- training. The program allows the opportunity to develop specialized knowledge, skills, and operational experience for the intern while assisting the location in meeting its operations objectives.
PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES :
Week 1 -- Assigned to Location Manager for general overview and initial assignments. Focus areas will be a general understanding of Southern States and the complexity of the business. Clear expectations of the goals/objectives, roles and responsibilities, along with expectations from the program will be covered.
Weeks 2,3,4 and 5 -- Under close supervision perform duties as assigned by operations. Shadow other employees to learn techniques to deliver high quality customer service.
Week 6 -- Works with District Precision Ag Specialist on soil sampling, making fertility recommendations and scouting.
Weeks 7, 8, 9 and 10 -- Work alongside associates to assist in areas of the location while shadowing other employees to gain additional knowledge of working in an Agronomy environment. Recap report to include observations within each week, relationship to their coursework, positives/negatives as well as "learnings" from their internship.
● Requires good written, oral and interpersonal skills
● Excellent customer service
● Must be team oriented and skilled in working within a collaborative environment
● Computer skills required
● Able to use iPhone and iPad technology including the use of mobile applications
● Must have valid driver's license and be 19 years old to drive company vehicles
● Requires lifting up to 50 pounds
● May require climbing, stooping, bending and crawling on a frequent basis
● Possible contact with hazardous chemicals and working in adverse weather conditions (rain, snow, cold, heat)
Requires physical strength and dexterity to walk, stand, bend, climb, reach, stoop, twist and lift/carry 50 pounds. Vision, hearing and speech essential. Hand coordination to use computer. May require a valid drivers license. While traveling may have contact with hazardous materials and drive/travel and work in adverse weather conditions.
Southern States Cooperative, Inc., is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against individuals based on their race, color, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, family medical history or genetic information, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws, or regulations.