Cargill Commodity Trading Intern Summer 2019 in Amarillo, Texas

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 155,000 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.


Our Commodity Trading 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 trading 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.

  • 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. The application and assessment will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Phone interviews will be scheduled for selected candidates. Selected finalists will be invited to an in-person interview at a Cargill office.

Required Qualifications:

  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’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

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Trading & Merchandising

Primary Location US-KS-Kansas City

Other Locations US-MN-Wayzata, US-WA-Ferndale, US-ND-West Fargo, US-PA-Shippensburg, US-IN-Lafayette, US-TX-Amarillo, US-TN-Cordova

Req ID: UNI05532