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2020 Summer Internship

Location: This Internship could be based out of one of our facilities across the Midwest.
Internship Dates: May 18th – August 14th, 2020
If you are working on earning your bachelors’ degree and have a desire to apply your knowledge within a food manufacturing organization, your next great career opportunity could be with American Foods Group.
In this internship, you will: Gain knowledge and understanding of the business through projects within your declared discipline. A few experiences you will gain are:
  • The opportunity to become exposed and develop knowledge and skills associated with the beef and further processing business.
  • Thrive in a team work environment, honing interpersonal skills, and formulate potential career opportunities.
  • Manage various projects throughout the internship that will be determined by your Mentor/Supervisor. Projects will be specific to your declared discipline.
  • Earn academic credits though a supervised educational internship (if applicable).
  • Learn specifically about American Foods Group and gain real work experience that you cannot achieve in the classroom.
Available Internships:
Note: This is not intended to be all-inclusive.
As an intern in the following department(s), you could:
Accounting, Finance, and Credit
  • Learn the intricacies of the balance sheet reconciliation process and prepare the monthly balance sheet reconciliations
  • Work closely with the sales to understand the needs of business development and strategies to support growth while monitoring risk
  • Become trained in basics of cash management and daily positioning to become a backup for this daily task
  • Learn the various activities in plant accounting to include cattle procurement, A/P, daily estimates, margin reporting, yields, inventory, and packaging
  • Assist in the creation of management reporting related to KPI’s
  • Learn and understand month end close activities
Human Resources
  • Learn driver talent acquisition process by observing and conducting interviews and reviewing reports for compliance
  • Work cross-functionally with Safety and Compliance Departments on the Company’s Wellness Program
  • Assume responsibility for creating a 12-month wellness calendar/program to present to Senior Leadership
  • Rotate through functional areas of business to learn how a Human Resource Professional partners with and influences each department
  • Scan and organize paper-based employee files into an electronic solution
Supply Chain/Operations
  • Assume responsibility for load planning, optimization, and scheduling of all loads
  • Proactively work with team members to solve for service failures through relays or planning changes to exhaust all efforts of operations to execute at the lowest possible cost
  • Pivotal link between planners, Customer Service Representatives, Backhaul Planners, Drivers, Maintenance, Safety, Payroll, Accounting and Human Resources
  • Assign loads to trucks, following the company’s policy on planning requirements
  • Process delay in transit messages for all loads and proactively communicate delays to customers on backhaul freight
  • Respond to customer and operational needs by answering e-mails, phone calls, tracking shipments, and recovering shipments to service our customers
  • Monitor KPI’s and provide solutions for continuous improvement
Quality Assurance/Food Safety
  • Monitor employees and plant procedures according to the SQF code and monitor the Active Food Security and Defense surveillance inside the facility and its operations
  • Maintain daily records of integrity of finished product leaving the facility, including but not limited to: ground beef sampling, leaker checks, HACCP temperature checks, metal detector/x-ray checks, finished product weight checks, tare checks, and specification checks
  • Communicate with Line Leads and Supervisors if product does not meet specifications
  • Account for tools, utensils, and other potentially dangerous equipment distributed daily
  • Complete special projects (as needed) based around; rinse and chill system, sort and weight fall, carcass swabbing, chemical titrations, etc.
  • Monitor intervention validation studies, sanitary operations, and animal welfare
  • Perform data entry, AS400 work, and generate monthly trending documents
  • This is a hands-on position that is heavily engaged in day-to-day production activities manufacturing millions of pounds of beef on an annual basis. You will work with experienced employees to learn all aspects of either Harvest (Barn, Hide-On, Hide-Off, and Variety Meats) or Fabrication (Boning and Packaging).
  • Work in different departments alongside supervisors and employees to learn, understand and positively impact production operations
  • Identify trends and recommends proactive or remedial action to manage business situations
  • Work with and through management to develop and implement actions that protect company assets and profitability or set policies and procedures
  • Train and develop management skills while leading and motivating others
  • Interpret, apply, and/or enforce all company policies, programs, rules, regulations, and safety rules in support of departmental and corporate goals for safety, quality, and production
  • Active involvement in employee safety and ensuring overall safety in the workplace.
  • Interact with vendors, suppliers or customers
Environmental Health & Safety
  • Accelerated internship towards Harvest facility operations, heavily lead in compliance management.
  • Conduct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Assessments, authoring job hazard analysis, and ensure compliance of respiratory/fall protection
  • Facilitate Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) orientations for new and existing employees, ensuring training(s) are current
  • Perform weekly EHS reporting and injury follow-ups
  • Lead with a high level of interpersonal tactfulness by verbalizing the needs of complex information such as Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO) profiles
  • Work cross-functionally with strategic partners internally and externally to present data, while compelling a convincing message, encouraging buy in, and tracking the tasks to the plant’s accomplishments
  • Oversee and manage special projects (as needed) throughout the summer; researching and presenting findings verbally and written in an aesthetically appealing way


You’re a prime candidate if you:
  • Are in currently enrolled in a credited College or University and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher within your chosen major.
  • Completed your second year of undergraduate by the beginning of the internship.
  • Have the desire and ability to work well both independently and cross functionally.
  • Are willing to engage others through strong communication and leadership skills.
  • Are an inquisitive individual that has a desire to gain knowledge through experience.
  • Ability to perform all duties required in both office and manufacturing environments wearing proper PPE
  • Have reliable transportation to and from working location.
  • Work all hours determined by your supervisor. Typical work week will be Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with infrequent overtime, weekend, or shift work.
In return, at American Foods Group you will find a winning culture that will invest in you and your future. You will:
  • Earn a competitive wage, have housing provided at no cost to you, attend company sponsored events, be fully immerged into the Beef Industry, and more!
  • Get the training and the opportunity to make a difference.
  • Be part of a growing organization that invests in our products, facilities, systems, processes and teams to make sure we stay on top of our game.
  • Be part of a global organization with solid financial results, a solid reputation in the industry and within area communities, with opportunities for personal and professional growth.