Southern States' Summer Internship Program is for college students and gives students an opportunity to experience and contribute to our overall success.
Students must maintain a GPA of 3.00 or above and be currently enrolled and attending a college or university. Our program offers competitive pay, a mentor / mentee program and will extend for 10-12 consecutive weeks 40 hours per week.
In partnership with our Cooperative Member, Growmark, you will be required to participate at a Regional Conference and develop / present your Internship Project at the conclusion of your summer internship.
Travel will be required for both events.
PURPOSE OF POSITION :
Provide an opportunity for learning and engagement in various functional areas within the Agronomy field. Position will serve in various capacities within each functional area which will allow for on-the-job- training.
The program allows the opportunity to develop specialized knowledge, skills, and operational experience for the intern while assisting the location in meeting its operations objectives.
PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES :
Week 1 Assigned to General Manager for general overview and initial assignments. Focus areas will be a general understanding of Southern States and the complexity of the business.
Clear expectations of the goals / objectives, roles and responsibilities, along with expectations from the program will be covered.
Week 2 Under close supervision perform duties as assigned by operations and sales. Shadow other employees to learn techniques to deliver high quality customer service.
Weeks 3, 4 and 5 Works with Agronomist, Agonomy Sales Managers (ASM's) and Agronomy Operations Managers (AOM's) to resolve questions and concerns.
Week 6 Works with District Precision Ag Specialist on soil sampling, making fertility recommendations and scouting. Assists with calls on customers to solicit sales, handles questions about products and makes recommendations on best practices related to our products and services.
Weeks 7, 8 and 9 Work alongside associates to assist in areas of the location while shadowing other employees to gain additional knowledge of working in an Agronomy environment.
Recap report to include observations within each week, relationship to their coursework, positives / negatives as well as "learnings" from their internship.
Week 10 Spend time with General Manager on wrap-up and future plans.
Requires good written, oral and interpersonal skills
Excellent customer service
Must be team oriented and skilled in working within a collaborative environment
Computer skills required
Able to use iPhone and iPad technology including the use of mobile applications
Must have valid driver's license and be 19 years old to drive company vehicles
Requires lifting up to 50 pounds
May require climbing, stooping, bending and crawling on a frequent basis
Possible contact with hazardous chemicals and working in adverse weather conditions (rain, snow, cold, heat)
Requires physical strength and dexterity to walk, stand, bend, climb, reach, stoop, twist and lift / carry 50 pounds. Vision, hearing and speech essential.
Hand coordination to use computer. May require a valid drivers license. While traveling may have contact with hazardous materials and drive / travel and work in adverse weather conditions.