2023 Poultry Live Operations Summer Internship

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Position at JBS USA

Poultry Live Operations Internship


JBS USA is a leading global provider of diversified, high-quality food products, including a portfolio of well-recognized brands and innovative, easy-to-use food solutions. We process, prepare, package, and deliver fresh and value-added premium meat, poultry, and retail-ready food products for customers in approximately 100 countries on six continents. We are also the majority shareholder of Pilgrim’s, the largest poultry company in North America. JBS USA employs more than 100,000 team members.



The JBS Poultry Live Operations Internship Program is a 10-week paid summer internship designed to introduce interns to the Pilgrim’s live operations roles available post-graduation. This program allows college students to gain foundational knowledge of our business in a challenging and collaborative environment.


How you will make an impact:

The JBS/Pilgrim's Internship program will give you an opportunity to

  • Deliver project results that impact our bottom-line. Projects will be determined alongside our live operations and plant teams and the mentor assigned to the intern
  • Apply your knowledge to solve real industry challenges in a setting that fosters growth and development
  • Share ideas that help our team think outside the box
  • Own your experience and work hard


What to expect:

  • 10 weeks of challenging, hands-on, real-life work experience
  • Mentorship and coaching by cultural ambassadors and live operations experts
  • Exposure to a variety of leadership styles
  • Leadership and personal development training
  • Learn and experience our company mission and values
  • Projects driven by business objectives with real measurements for success
  • A journey inside the world’s largest animal protein company
  • Regular feedback on your performance and behavior
  • Exposure to a variety of live operations roles to discover where your interests lie
  • Knowledge and insight to our production schemes, equipment, and technologies
  • The opportunity to apply for and be selected for the JBS Management Trainee Program before the end of your internship program (ahead of your peers!)


  • Enrolled in a University/College
  • Alignment with JBS core values and culture
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office proficiency
  • Professional interview presentation and work style
  • Ability to adapt to a fast-paced environment



  • Exposure to senior leadership
  • Ability to gain experience in a department before being placed full-time
  • Networking opportunity across a global company
  • Opportunity to learn about the agriculture and food industry from one of the largest food companies in the world
  • Gain hands-on experience within the competitive live operations space


The applicant who fills this position will be eligible for the following compensation:

  • $21/hour
  • Relocation allowance available for qualifying applicants


The Company is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our team members and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct a drug, alcohol, and background checks for all new team members post-offer and prior to the start of employment. It is a job expectation that all new employees have, at minimum, the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in advance of their first date of employment. If you need assistance in obtaining a vaccine, the Company can help schedule you with one of its healthcare partners following a conditional job offer, if one is made. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.


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