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JBS USA is a leading global food company providing diversified, high-quality products to customers in approximately 100 countries on six continents. This includes meat and poultry products, a portfolio of recognized brands and innovative premium foods. JBS USA is also a majority shareholder of Pilgrim’s, the largest poultry producer in the world.
Student Opportunities

Our Internship and Trainee Programs have been designed for people who are ready to
​​​​​​​grow their industry knowledge, find a long term career, and pursue their passion.
If you’re ready to lead and feed the world, apply now!

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  • 10 weeks of challenging, hands-on work experience in a production facility or our corporate office.
  • Mentoring and coaching by a cultural ambassador and technical expert within your facility.
  • Interacting with our company’s senior leadership team.
  • Building industry relationships with company leaders and other interns.
  • Rotating through various departments and business functions for plant operations interns.

Start Date: May 19, 2025
Click to see past internship projects.

2025 IT Summer Internship
2025 Maintenance Summer Internship
2025 Quality Assurance Summer Internship
2025 JBS Operations Summer Internship
2025 Pilgrim's Live Ops Summer Internship
2025 Pilgrim's Operations Summer Internship
2025 Supply Chain Summer Internship
2025 Sales Summer Internship Program
2025 Marketing Summer Internship
2025 Human Resources Summer Internship
2025 Finance/Accounting Summer Internship
2025 Rendering Summer Internship
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  • Projects: Challenging goals with key performance indicators that impact our bottom line. Your goals will tie directly into department/plant objectives.
  • Leadership Training: Three sessions at our Greeley, CO, headquarters where you will learn from executives, managers, and innovative leaders.
  • Supervise a Team: When you’re ready, you will supervise a department and share ideas on how to improve our processes.
  • Final Placement: In the last four months, we are intentional about providing hands-on training in an area of interest for a full time position.
Start Dates: January 20 and June 9, 2025
Length of Program: 8-12 months

2025 JBS Operations Management Trainee
2025 Pilgrim's Live Operations Management Trainee
2025 Pilgrim's Operations Management Trainee
2025 Human Resources Management Trainee
2025 Quality Assurance Management Trainee
2025 Maintenance Management Trainee

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  • Six month rotational program at our corporate office in Greeley, CO.
  • Challenging and practical work experience that ties directly to department key performance indicators.
  • Shadow other roles within each rotation to gain a better understanding of business objectives.
  • Final placement will be in a full time position that aligns with your skills, as well as the business needs.

Start Dates: January 20 and June 9, 2025

5 Reasons to Work for Us
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We feed the world.
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We lead through our values, driving a strong people-first culture.
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It's in our DNA to create opportunities for better futures for all team members.
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We are determined to be the best in everything we do, while building the best team in the industry.
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We have a high performance, competitive mindset and are constantly focused on continuous improvement and innovation.
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Who We Are
We value diversity, strive to be the best in all we do, and are committed to providing a better future for our team members.
"What I enjoyed most about my experience as a trainee was the ability to go throughout all the different departments and learn the entire process."
John Beasley
General Manager in Plainwell, MI
Colorado State University alum 
"What I like the most about the JBS trainee program is the opportunity to work with multiple people from different backgrounds. My job is not only to manage a processing department, but to help my team grow an evolve in a professional and personal level. I cannot describe the feeling I get knowing I was there to help them out and when you know you were an important part of their life."
Eduardo Santana
Senior Project Engineer in Nacogdoches, TX
Texas Tech alum 
“The JBS trainee program gives you a chance to learn about the entire business with hands on experience at the plant.  When I graduated with a Food Science degree, I did not know what I wanted to do or where I could best fit within JBS.  I went away from traditional roles that people with my degree work, and my first role was in Expense Control Management.  Now I have my MBA and I am a Business Unit Controller, which all started with me being able to experience all parts of the business and saying yes to opportunities.” 
Tom Holaway
Business Unit Controller in Greeley, CO
University of Missouri alum 
How to Prepare
  • Include leadership and/or agriculture experience
  • Your resume is a marketing tool, not a historical document. Tailor to the job description.
  • No objective statement needed. Instead, include a qualifications section to highlight why you’d be a great fit.
  • One page in length.
  • Clean lines and bullets, not extensive paragraphs.
  • Review our Values and Mission.
  • Review your strengths and weaknesses - and include what you are doing to improve.
  • Practice common interview questions with friends.
  • Think of times when you persevered, your greatest accomplishment, and where you see yourself in 3-5 years.
Interview Process
  • Virtual group interview with other candidates participating in activities together. 
  • Virtual one-on-one interview with a Talent Development Manager. 
  • Microsoft Teams meeting with plant or corporate office to get to know you better. 
  • Visit the plant facility you are interested in pursuing the program. Interview with the leadership team (Management Trainee Program only). 
Join our Talent Community
We will notify you about relevant positions, and keep you in mind whenever we have interesting opportunities. Come get them.

Meet the Team

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Alexia McCabe

Talent Manager

Business Units I serve: Corporate, Carriers, Pork, Value Added, Canada, and Pilgrim's (Fresh Food Service, Prepared Foods, Small Bird Debone).

Time with JBS: 2 years
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Torrey FitzRandolph

Talent Acquisition Coordinator

Time with JBS: <1 year
Ashlyn Lewton Navarro
Ashlyn Lewton Navarro

Talent Development Manager

Business Units I serve: Fed Beef, Regional Beef, and Pilgrim’s (Case Ready, Big Bird Debone)

Time with JBS: 1.5 years