Students from all fields of study at the University of Missouri had the opportunity to learn more about Monsanto career opportunities at an information session on Sept. 7, 2016. The information session highlighted a challenge our world faces, one that Monsanto is trying to help fix: feeding the world’s estimated 9.6 billion people by 2050.
With less than one-third of an acre per person to grow food on and a changing climate, Monsanto says they have solutions to help fix this issue by using plant breeding, biotechnology, crop protection and precision agriculture. That’s where students at MU come in.
“They [MU] have been a core school of ours for many years,” said Julie Harvey, leader of global university relations and employment branding for Monsanto.
Monsanto has been doing information sessions at MU for many years in hopes of hiring students for internships and even full-time positions. Monsanto typically begins hiring sophomores with 3.0 GPAs and hires through all levels of degrees. They are looking for people with high interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to interact well with a team, as well as work independently. They are also searching for people who are self-motivated and detail and results oriented.
Students who attended the event also had the opportunity to hear from other MU students who previously interned for Monsanto.
“I think the biggest way that they [student attendees] benefit is actually listening firsthand from the interns that have come to Monsanto where they share their experiences and can answer questions about what it’s really like to do an internship at Monsanto,” Harvey said.
Listening to the past interns’ experiences was a highlight of the session.
“I, for one, think that the internship with Monsanto has opened a ton of doors for me,” said Colton Hartley, a mechanical engineering student at MU and a 2016 Seeds Process Engineering Co-op Intern out of St. Louis. “Not only networking, just how it looks on my resume, honestly. I think that I really want to work in the agricultural industry and my internship and time with Monsanto really reinforced that.”
Past interns for Monsanto had very positive things to say about their time with the company.
“My favorite thing was the amount of responsibility that I got,” said Raechel Douglas, a plant science major with and emphasis in crop management. She was a seed production intern with cotton in Akin, Texas. “It was really like I was another full-time manager and that is really rewarding.”
Monsanto offers two types of student opportunities: internships and co-ops. Internships occur typically over summer break for a 10-12 week period. Co-ops at Monsanto typically require a semester-long commitment; for example, January through June, June through December or even a full-time position. According to Monsanto, these are great ways to get the inside view of how an industry leader like Monsanto works.
“For me, it was kind of neat to see all that goes into, not just when you think of agriculture, but the engineering and the business and the accounting,” Hartley said. “Just kind of the well-rounded business area.”
Monsanto has an end goal for these information sessions.
“Really at the end of the day what we are trying to do is build a pipeline for full-time hires that come out of Mizzou,” Harvey said.
Monsanto also has a Student Ambassador Program. The program consists of a group of students who have been interns or co-ops at Monsanto. Their job is to answer MU student’s questions as well as promote working for the company.
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