GUYMON, Okla. -- Recognizing the importance of identifying and developing new talent for the food, agriculture and alternative fuel sectors, Seaboard Foods hosted the largest group of interns in the history of the program Jan. 4-9, 2015. They saw first-hand how Seaboard Foods is doing better by knowing better every step of the way through interactive tours, presentations and face-to-face communication with Seaboard Foods' team members.
The annual week-long internship program, based in Guymon, Okla., consisted of 24 undergraduate students from eight Midwest universities studying leadership, animal science, food science, microbiology, agricultural economics, agricultural business or safety.
The program allows students to explore potential careers while learning about the important connectivity of Seaboard Foods employees committed to producing wholesome, delicious pork to feed people.
Interns toured Seaboard Foods' farms, feed mill, truck wash, pork processing plant and High Plains Bioenergy. In addition to the tours, presentations on topics ranging from world food demand to sales to transportation were integrated into the program.
In the evenings, the interns networked with company subject-matter experts and representatives, giving interns the opportunity to have questions about Seaboard Foods and potential employment answered.
"The internship and evening activities allowed a casual environment for Seaboard Foods to interact and build a rapport with future employees, learn about their interests and see if the interns would be a fit for the company," said Jennie Watkins, training manager for Seaboard Foods at the Guymon processing plant.
Near the end of the week, the interns presented to Seaboard Foods' representatives, explaining what they thought about large-scale pork production prior to the internship and how their perspective has changed after the program.