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Summer 2020 Internship - Research and Development in West Liberty, IA at West Liberty Foods, L.L.C

Date Posted: 1/10/2020

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Job Reference Code: 007416-Corp



About West Liberty Foods

West Liberty Foods was formed in 1996 under the guiding principles of the Iowa Turkey Growers Cooperative. Carrying on Iowa’s rich farming tradition, our grower/owners are committed to animal health and welfare while delivering superior-quality turkeys — a philosophy that has helped family farms grow and thrive for generations. The continued success of West Liberty Foods is due to the dedication, enthusiasm and support of our grower/owners.

Our mission is to be a leading food manufacturer by converting needs, ideas and expertise into value for our members, business partners and consumers.

West Liberty Foods manufactures hundreds of meat and poultry products that can be found in well-known grocery stores and top restaurant chains nationwide. Recognized as one of the top protein processors in North America, we have the capacity to produce over 650 million pounds of food products per year across our facilities. We are The Surprisingly Big Company®, and we’re right in your backyard.

Build your career with West Liberty Foods and be a part of an exciting, collaborative team environment! 

We are currently hiring for a 2020 Summer Intern for our Research and Development Team located in our Corporate offices in  West Liberty, Iowa.

Job Summary:

West Liberty Foods invites you to explore the possibilities through our internship program.  We offer college students an opportunity to perform responsibilities similar to that of an entry-level professional.  The project based work experience will build upon classroom studies and give interns real-world experience in their chosen career path. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work directly with a mentor (hiring manager) that will provide oversight and direction on a planned project to gain experience in desired area of interest of our organization.
  • Research and provide valuable knowledge and skills to our organization while completing a set project and learning day to day operations.
  • Participate in learning and development opportunities in the leadership foundations of WLF.
  • Prepare a presentation for end of internship accomplishments and learnings to be presented to members of management.
  • Project will be assigned by mentors when interns start in late May or early June 2020.
  • Possible project idea for our RD Intern may be to find cost savings for ingredients used in formulations in our Research and Development Department while experiencing day to day processes in our Pilot Plant.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements

  • Current enrollment and pursing an undergraduate degree in meat science, food science or similar field at a four year institution is required.
  • Completion of second year of college with junior level or above status required.
  • Computer literacy – Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite(Word, Excel, Power Point) or Google Suite(Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides).
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization.
  • Detail orientated and strong organizational skills is a must.
  • Ability to work in a fast pace environment of continuous change and challenges.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving skills.
  • Customer focused approach to projects.
  • Candidates must successfully pass post-offer/pre-employment drug test and background screen.

West Liberty Foods/Liberty Cold/Crystal Lake Farms is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.


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