Some challenges are no match for Monsanto products or for Monsanto professionals. That’s because every year, we invest more than one billion dollars on agricultural research and give you the chance to take novel approaches to timeless agricultural problems. By incorporating cuttingedge technology and your experience, you’ll give farmers around the world the ability to grow more crops with less resources. This is where your ideas could push the limits of agricultural technology and maybe even change the world. Are you ready for a challenge?

Monsanto’s Technology Organization, which is a multi-functional, multi-crop organization comprised of five broad areas:

  • Biotechnology Is responsible for the discovery and development of genes that when placed into plants create new traits such as herbicide tolerance, insect resistance, drought tolerance, higher yield and increased nutrition.
  • Breeding Is responsible for identifying the best parent lines or inbreds in our crops and breeding for the highest quality hybrids or varieties that contain desirable characteristics such as higher yield potential, better disease resistance and drought tolerance. The team utilizes molecular markers and marker assisted breeding to achieve these goals.
  • Breeding TechnologyIs responsible for the integration of traited seed from biotechnology into superior hybrids and varieties developed by breeding. This team also develops new technologies that allow Monsanto to better analyze seeds, such as seed chippers, and to improve the efficiency of breeding through the use of DNA markers
  • Regulatory Is responsible for the scientific safety studies done on our projects in order to receive the necessary government approvals prior to launch.
  • Chemistry – is responsible for our weed management solutions, improved seed treatments for insect resistance, crop protection and for development and promotion of agronomic practice improvements for enhanced yield potential and sustainability.

These areas collaborate to create the products in our R&D pipeline, which has a proven track record of creating products that are proprietary, first to market and profitable.

Candidates who succeed in this fast-paced, dynamic environment are results-oriented with a drive to succeed. You also must be able to communicate clearly and build solid relationships with people throughout the organization. Additional skills that we look for include:

  • Strong communication skills
  • The ability to collaborate with other teams throughout Monsanto
  • Innovative thinking/creativity in problem solving
  • Proactive ability to identify opportunities for improvement
  • Agility and flexibility to adapt to changes
  • A results orientation

 

Ninety-five percent of Monsanto's Research and Development resources are focused in Seeds and Biotechnology. Breeding and Biotechnology are the engines that fuel our technology pipeline.  

Three-month intern or six-month co-op assignments are available to give you exposure within the Biotechnology, Breeding & Breeding Technology, Chemistry and Regulatory Affairs organizations. All intern and co-op roles are paid. 

As an intern or co-op you'll be assigned a manager/mentor for the duration of your summer or semester assignment. Individual projects are assigned and you will present your project findings to your peers and the Monsanto Research & Development organization at the end of the summer. 

Qualifications include:

  • Current enrollment (returning to university studies in the semester following the Monsanto assignment) in a BS, MS. PhD program in Agronomy, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology, Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics, Plant Physiology, Process Engineering, Statistics, or other Ag Science-related degree
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • Positive interest in the plant biotechnology or the biotechnology industry  
  • Strong organizational skills, computer literacy, high self-motivation, and a willingness to work as part of a team
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills

Biotechnology

Monsanto's Biotechnology organization provides summer internship opportunities in both the lab and field setting.  Locations vary across the U.S. Our summer 2011 internships will be hosted within the following disciplines:

  • Advanced Molecular Biology
  • Agronomy
  • Computational Biology/Bioinformatics
  • Herbicide Physiology/MOA
  • Insect Control
  • Operations
  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Plant Transformation
  • Protein Engineering

Plant Breeding & Breeding Technology

Internships (mid May 2011 – mid Aug 2011) and 9 Fall Co-Ops (June-December 2011) are available. These positions work within Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, and Vegetables. Co-Op roles are available within Soy only.

There are multiple breeding locations across the U.S. Candidates must be open to relocation and able to successfully pass a drivers background screening if necessary.

Plant Breeding Interns & Co-ops will be assigned to site supervisors and will be involved in various aspects of a plant breeding program. Specific daily activities may include: nursery or yield plot planting and harvesting, plot establishment and maintenance, data collection, pollination, and managing seasonal employees. In addition,  all students are assigned a manager/mentor for the duration of their summer assignment. Individual projects are assigned and students present their project findings to their peers and to the Monsanto Research & Development organization at the end of the summer. 

Chemistry

Internships at our Global Headquarters in St. Louis, MO during summer 2011. BS, MS and PhD students considered.  Relevant disciplines include: Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Statistics. 

Regulatory Affairs

Internships at our Global Headquarters in St. Louis, MO for students within Database & Inventory Management, Process Improvement, Product Safety and Statistics.