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


Grow what’s next. Grow your future. Corteva Agriscience has opportunities for Research Interns to support trait discovery research activities in Johnston Iowa beginning in May 2021 until December 2021. The successful candidate will be part of a team focused on gene discovery for soybean protein improvement using mutagenesis and CRISPR editing technologies.

Responsibilities – What You'll Do:

You will support key research activities in the lab and field. Daily activities would include but not limited to mutant screening, gene cloning, whole genome sequencing, phenotyping of seed composition, lab data analysis and presentation. You will be required to work with other scientists and follow established protocols and meet key project timelines.

As part of this internship, you will be required to complete a research project and deliver results. You will also gain experience supporting diverse research projects for mutant isolation, whole genome sequencing, CRISPR editing, and gene cloning.


Qualifications – What You'll Bring:

  • Current sophomore or junior standing at an accredited university. Interns can be undergraduate or graduate students.

  • Education focus in molecular biology and genetics, Plant Sciences, Biotechnology, or related field

  • Basic lab experience beneficial

  • Minimum GPA requirement of 3.5

  • 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

  • Molecular biology experience is desirable

  • Basic knowledge of plant genetics and molecular biology

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