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Corteva Agriscience Crop Genome Engineering Intern in Des Moines, Iowa


Corteva Agriscience has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated student to join our Alternate Crop Engineering group of Applied Science & Technology as a Crop Genome Engineering Intern. Position duration is from May to August 2023. Join us at Corteva Agriscience in Johnston Iowa to help tackle important agricultural challenges and help secure a reliable and sustainable food supply across the world for years to come.

As an intern you will contribute to the improvement of plant transformation protocols in multiple crop varieties. In this lab-based internship, you will be exposed to a broad range of cutting-edge technologies and will work closely with scientists in an industrial setting. This position offers an outstanding opportunity for an individual willing to learn tissue culture and transformation techniques and grow in a world-class ag biotech industry.

Responsibilities - What You'll Do:

  • Follow the direction of supervisor(s) and carry out transformation or genome editing experiments and collect data from experiments

  • Participate in new technology development or process improvement activities include experimental plan, testing of hypothesis, making observation, data collection and analysis

  • Follow company safety policies, protocols, and procedures, and ensure a safe working environment for self and team members

  • Participate in team supporting activities such as explant preparation, equipment maintenance, media assessment or improvement, culture room maintenance, process improvement, or information management

  • Provide technical support and conduct experiment with a respectful, collaborative, and positive team spirit

  • Provide summaries and reports to supervisors, and present results in company or outside meetings when necessary


Qualifications - What You'll Bring:

  • Students in a Bachelor's or Associate's degree program in plant science, biological science, genetics, or related field such as horticulture or biotechnology, and preference goes to candidates with lab experience.

  • Plant tissue culture and transformation experience would be preferred but not required. Knowledge and experience in general lab operation is necessary for the job.

  • Helpful experience includes following procedures or instructions, carrying out experiments independently, sampling, and detailed record keeping. Ability to maintain complete, accurate and timely records of experimental data and procedures.

  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office software, and experience in databases and/or LIMS systems is a plus.

  • This job also requires excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

  • Willingness to support a high-quality laboratory environment through custodianship of equipment and strict adherence to lab safety practices.

  • Ability to function both independently and as a respectful team member.

Community -We care about you and we care that you're comfortable. While there's no place like home, Corteva comes close.

Our Johnston, Iowa campus is home to 2,500 employees whose mission is simple - to feed the world. While our employees are busy working to solve world hunger and ensure environmental sustainability, we're taking care of them by offering convenience and comfort during the workday with an onsite fitness center, coffee shop and top-notch cafeteria touting a grill, deli, fresh salad bar and a variety of healthy menu options. Need some fresh air during your work day? Take advantage of our beautiful, tree-lined walking trails or relax by the pond. We also offer countless opportunities to connect with your colleagues through community volunteerism, sports teams and parties, and holiday events. Did we mention you'll be working in state-of-the art buildings with the latest technology with colleagues from all over the world? Join us in bringing food into homes around the world, while we make you feel at home while you're at work.

Des Moines, Iowa is the fastest-growing major metropolitan area in the Midwest with a nationally ranked high quality of living. It's nicknamed the Silicon Prairie for its place as an up-and-coming hot spot for technology. Living here means Saturdays at the nationally renowned Downtown Farmers' Market, sporting events, a robust downtown night life and access to one of the most artistic medium sized cities. If you enjoy the outdoors, Des Moines offers beautiful nature trails for a casual walking, running or biking adventures.

It means going to a job you love and coming home to a community of friends and family. Communities care about their residents and residents care about their communities, making a difference for everyone who lives here. This is a place where culture flourishes and opportunities grow, where a work-life balance can be achieved, where education is unmatched, and award-winning arts and entertainment are right around the corner.

Corteva Agriscience™ is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to boldly embracing the power of inclusion, diversity, and equity to enrich the lives of our employees and strengthen the performance of our company, while advancing equity in agriculture. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected class. Discrimination, harassment and retaliation are inconsistent with our values and will not be tolerated. If you require a reasonable accommodation to search or apply for a position, please visit:

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