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Corteva Agriscience Trait Characterization Intern - 6 Month in Des Moines, Iowa


Grow what’s next. Grow your future. Corteva Agriscience has opportunities for Research Interns to support trait characterization research activities in Johnston Iowa beginning in May 2021 until December 2021. The successful candidate will be part of a team focused on managing small plot field research trials characterizing integrated products with an emphasis on new Corn Rootworm insect control technologies.

Responsibilities – What You'll Do:

You will support key research tasks during the growing season and be involved in various aspects of experimental research. Daily activities would include but not limited to seed prep, field planting, tissue collection for analytical analysis, insect infestations, field plot maintenance, installation and upkeep of insect tents, routine insect collections, trait efficacy evaluations, and lab data processing. You will be required to follow written protocols and meet key project timelines. During peak times of the year, extended working hours will be required in various environmental conditions.

As part of this internship, you will be required to manage and complete a research project. You will also can gain experience supporting diverse research projects for agronomic testing, seed applied technology, and crop protection with field scientists.


Qualifications – What You'll Bring:

  • Current sophomore or junior standing at an accredited university

  • Education focus in Entomology, Agronomy, Plant Sciences, Integrated Pest Management, Biology, Plant Pathology, or related field.

  • Agricultural background beneficial

  • Minimum GPA requirement of 3.0

  • Must be enrolled at an accredited university at the time of internship

Other Competencies:

  • Excellent written & verbal communication

  • Computer & organization skills

  • Ability to work effectively on multiple projects & meet deadlines

  • Strong interpersonal skills & teamwork

  • Valid driver’s license & ability to travel to remote field locations

  • Basic knowledge of key crop insect pests, crop production, and plant development

Corteva Agriscience ™, the world's first dedicated agriculture start-up, serves to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Our employees fulfill this purpose everyday by building/participating in an inclusive culture where we encourage each other to stay curious, think differently, act boldly and do what's right for our customers, our co-workers, our partners and our planet. With over 20,000 team members from 130 countries, innovating in 140 world class R&D facilities, we have the resources, leadership heritage and partner ecosystem to make a meaningful impact now and into the future.


Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of DowDuPont, is an equal opportunity employer. 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. If you need a reasonable accommodation to search or apply for a position, please visit: Accessibility Page for Contact Information For US Applicants: See the 'Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law' poster For our U.S. Affirmative Action Policy, click here