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Category: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Type: Internship

Location: In-Person in Vancouver

Starts: Jun. 1, 2023

Available Positions: 1

$ Paid
 Full Time
 Part Time


This position is an opportunity for college students to seek knowledge and experience in the Grain Industry.  This is a paid internship program paying $18.00 an hour and will include a structured work schedule,  exposure to leadership,  a mentor and learning opportunities.  Exposure to the origination of grains and oilseeds,  purchase negotiation and contracting,  logistics management,  and delivery of purchased grain from the country elevators to the export terminal..  Will evaluate how marketing plans are created with producers utilizing UGC marketing tools and advisory services via the Profit Partner Program (need to include a trademark logo)  .  The opportunity is supported from and with regular communications  with Merchandising staff,  Logistics Managers,  Elevator Managers so that a full spectrum of the business is presented.   This position will be required to maintain a positive,  forthright attitude that promotes a collaborative,  respectful,  and diverse Corporate culture,  and conducts themselves in a professional and favorable manner. 

For over 50 years,  United Grain has been serving the needs of our producers and suppliers in fulfilling the evolving demands of our global customers,  uniting them,  and creating success for all.

Each of us at United Grain are committed to live by our core values and by this commitment,  we are feeding the world safely,  every day. 


1.           Reliability:  From our producers to our global customers to our loyal team,  we are dedicated to do our jobs professional,  to solve challenging issues efficiently,  to fulfill the needs and expectations of every link in our value chain. 

2.           Inclusivity:  Through collaboration and open communications,  we listen,  we learn,  and we share our experience,  our knowledge,  and our care for all within our community as well as outside.

3.           Integrity:  We uphold the highest quality standards in everything we do,  to be honest,  accountable,  and respectful of our team,  our producers,  our customers,  and our earth.

4.           Safety:  From the fields to the grain elevators,  to transportation and management to the customer,  safety at every point is vital,  every minute of every day.

This job description is intended to provide guidelines for job expectations and the intern’s ability to perform the position described.  It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions,  responsibilities,  skills and abilities.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities perform the essential functions of the job.   Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.  This document does not represent a contract of employment,  and the company reserves the right to change this job description and/or assign tasks for the intern to perform,  as the company may deem appropriate.   


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Will interact with Merchandising team and learn/observe communications with customers and the marketing process.  Primary duties will include reviewing grain settlements,  contract entry/maintenance,  sending daily bids,  reconciling daily position reports,  balance futures hedging positions and prepare market reports and statistics for team as neccesseary.
  2. Will be expected to observe and attend meetings as directed.  Will be expected to participate in discussions and assess export and domestic strategies/opportunities.  Review and contribute to presentations and information for global customers.
  3. Will travel to Regional Elevator to work alongside Elevator Operators/Managers to gain an understanding of grain handling and warehousing as well as origination from producers.
  4. Will learn the operations of a Grain Export Terminal including inbound logistics and quality control and blending.
  5. Other duties as identified and assigned.


Required Education and Experience

  1. Working on a four-year degree in agriculture or business is required but equivalent work experience and education will be considered.
  2. Students must be a college junior or rising senior to apply at an accredited college/university and a 3.0 or higher GPA.
  3. Must be legally authorized to work in the United States. 
  4. Must reside in one of the 6 states we conduct business:   WA,  OR,  ID,  MT,  ND,  and SD. 
  5. Proven interpersonal skills;  must support a team-oriented approach within the immediate facility as well as for United Grain Corporation.
  6. Ability to communicate and work effectively on a daily basis.

Physical Demands and Requirements

  • Must be computer literate with proven ability in the use of spreadsheets,  database,  and word processing software applications within a Windows-based operating environment.
  • Must be able to make decisions and work independently;  be detail-oriented with excellent communications skills,  both verbal and written.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and stressful environment.
  • Flexible with work hours
  • While performing the duties of this job,  the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to stand;  walk;  use hands to finger,  handle or feel;  and reach with hands and arms.
  • Expressing or exchanging ideas in English by means of the spoken word to impart oral information to customers,  public,  and convey detailed spoken instructions to other workers accurately,  loudly,  or quickly.


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