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Seeds Production Research Summer Intern- Lone Tree, IA

As an intern at Syngenta, you have the opportunity to work alongside some of the brightest minds in the industry, and work on real projects finding real solutions. Work with us and you’ll get:
  • Competitive wages
  • Ongoing career development resources
  • The opportunity to work on cutting-edge projects
  • Meaningful projects that solve problems
May 2020-August 2020 *Start dates vary per position and can be flexible.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Provide the intern the opportunity of being exposed to the Seed Parent Characterization activities, allowing him/her to apply academic background and assist in the department activities from trial design, preparation, maintenance, harvesting, lab tasks, and data analysis
  • Allow the intern to develop a good understanding about new corn hybrid development, and parent characterization activities, by taking a lead role for one of the Seed Parent Characterization’s locations
  • Strengthen new product advancements through the assessment of important traits for seeds production
  • Take the lead on the project management and execution according to the assigned project. Assure that field activities (planting, plot maintenance, and harvest) for research plots are executed. This includes routine site/farm maintenance activities such as planting plots, applying treatments, collecting observations and in-season data, and maintaining the plots throughout the growing season.
  • Support other Seed Parent Characterization, as well as agronomic trial activities
  • Develop and maintain two-way communication with project managers, Seed Production Research (SPR) Scientists, Agronomists and Parent Seed colleagues. Additionally, look for communicating with people from different areas, from breeding all the way to commercial seeds production, aiming to gain a good understanding of the whole chain
  • Assist with managing and developing part time workers
  • Analyze data and prepare a report and presentation for the assigned project
  • Make sure all activities are developed according to the Company safety procedures and recommendations, and promote environmentally sustainable solutions



 Education & Experience:
  • Requires a High School diploma or equivalent
  • Must be pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy, Biology, Ag Business, or another closely related field of study
  • Must have a valid Driver's License
  • All applicants must be eligible to work in the US
Additional Knowledge, Skills, Traits & Abilities:
  • Communication-The ability to communicate information well (both written and spoken) is highly desired
  • Detail Oriented-All procedures and policies must be understood and followed
  • Autonomous-An independent individual who is self-motivating and needs little supervision
  • Previous internship and/or co-op experience related to Agriculture is preferred but not required
  • Familiarity with working on a farm, working with crops, or working outdoors is preferred but not required
  • Confidence- Not afraid to ask bold questions and be curious
  • Eagerness to learn and grow in the role