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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.

Dates: May 22 - July 28, 2023
Click to see past internship projects.

Click a department below to apply:
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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 23 and June 5

Length of Program: 8-12 months

Click to see management trainee opportunities.

Click a department below to apply:

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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 23 & June 5

Click a department below to apply:

    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
    Production Manager in Nacogdoches, TX
    Texas Tech alum 
    "Within a year of graduating the program as a Food Safety Supervisor, I was promoted to Superintendent and the gained responsibility for the Fabrication QA and Trim QA departments. At this point my team had tripled in size, and I was responsible for all of the B shift food safety/quality programs. My favorite thing about this position was having the opportunity to grow and develop my teams. By doing so you have the opportunity to better your department, but also create a better future for the individuals you’re working with."
    Darby Allen
    Animal Welfare Director for Fed and Regional Beef in Greeley, CO  
    Perdue University alum
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    Responsibly meeting today’s tastes for a more sustainable tomorrow.

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    COVID-19 Response

    The health and safety of our team members has guided all our actions and decisions.

    Campus Recruiting Trainee Panel
    In September 2020, we hosted a recruiting event, with valuable input from former interns and/or management trainees who are now employed by JBS USA and Pilgrim's. Learn about their journey and careers.
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    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
    • Phone screening with a Talent Development Manager.
    • Virtual Selection Committee (via Microsoft Teams) meeting with a panel of leaders from the plant or corporate office to get to know you better.
    • Visit the plant facility you will be placed at and interview with the leadership team.
    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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    Courtney Walter

    Head of Talent Development
    Time with JBS: 3.5 years
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    Josh Henderson

    Talent Development Manager

    Business Units I serve: Pilgrim’s (Retail Ready, Big Bird Debone)

    Time with JBS: 2.5 years
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    Olivia Alicea

    Talent Development Manager

    Business Units I serve: Pilgrim’s (Prepared Foods, Fresh Food Service, Small Bird Debone) and Regional Beef

    Time with JBS: 3.5 years
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    Ulises Hernandez

    Talent Development Manager

    Business Units I serve: Fed, Retail Ready, Canada, Swift Prepared, Wild Fork Foods, Planterra, and Empire Packing