Cheese Operations Intern in Le Sueur MN

Agropur Inc
Title: 
Cheese Operations Intern
Date: 
12/26/2020
Job ID: 
JR09549
Location: 
Le Sueur MN
Degree: 
Not Specified
Salary: 
Not Specified
Job Types:
Intern - Manufacturing
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Job Type: Intern (Fixed Term) (Trainee)

Working at Agropur means being a member of an extended family where simplicity and honesty are part of everyday life, and where the management style is based on integrity, openness and autonomy. You too can join the Agropur family!

Who we are:
We are an employee-focused organization that promotes from within and are looking for enthusiastic, team-oriented employees to join our growing team. Founded in 1938, Agropur is a top 20 global dairy processor. In addition to being one of the largest award-winning cheese manufacturers, Agropur is a leader in high quality and diverse nutritional whey proteins. Agropur's 10 US-based, SQF Certified plants are behind some of the most prominent food, beverage, and nutrition brands in the industry. Vertically integrated by design, Agropur provides future-forward solutions in the areas of cheese, ingredients, beverages, and custom contract manufacturing services. "Better Dairy. Better World." www.agropur.com

What this role is all about:
We are looking for an Operations Intern in Le Sueur, MN for summer of 2021.

The Operations Intern works closely with the Plant Leadership Team and other members of the production team on various tasks and projects to produce cheese and whey products and improve plant efficiencies. The Operations Intern may report to any member of the Plant Leadership Team, but typically to a Supervisor or Plant Manager. The responsibilities of Operations Intern vary based on assignments and department needs.
  • Work in various areas of plant operations including milk receiving, cheese make, drying, packaging, shipping, etc.
  • Gather, accurately document and analyze Operations data.
  • Learn to successfully operate all relevant equipment.
  • Work on projects to improve process, plant and/or employee efficiencies.
  • Collect follow-up data to determine the effectiveness of implemented process improvements.
  • Take direction on assignments and then work autonomously or with appropriate team(s) to accomplish assignment objectives.
  • Acquire current knowledge and understanding of regulations, industry trends, current practices, new developments and applicable laws related to Operations in a dairy manufacturing environment.
  • Thoroughly learn about the Agropur business model and how to run an efficient Operations department.
  • Actively meet and speak with Operations employees to learn the various aspects and responsibilities of their jobs.
  • Learn to work safely and efficiently, while maintaining accuracy.
  • Successfully pass any assessments or tests required to work within the Operations department.
  • Summarize and present a summary of projects and lessons learned at end of internship, if applicable.
  • Understand and adhere to Good Manufacturing Practices.
  • Safety Protocol
    • Stop any observed unsafe acts and obey facility safety rules and procedures.
    • Correct or report any observed safety hazards.
    • Support safety policies and programs.


T his list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as management may deem necessary from time to time.

The Requirements (Minimum Qualifications):
  • Currently enrolled in an Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree or Master's program in a Dairy Science- or Agricultural Science-related program as a candidate for graduation.
  • No experience required; in-house training provided.


What we offer you:
  • An environment that upholds our five core values: Boldness, Collaboration, Communication, Excellence and Integrity
  • Challenging and rewarding work
  • Community Involvement


The Location:
Our presence in Le Sueur, MN, consists of the following locations; Le Sueur Cheese, The Friendly Confines Cheese Shoppe, Le Sueur Ingredients, Le Sueur Protein Research Center, and Le Sueur Business Office. These locations produce various types of cheeses, such as; parmesan, romano, asiago, gouda, muenster, Monterey Jack, and cheddar. They also run various whey streams, such as; whey protein isolate (WPI), whey protein concentrate 34 (WPC 34), whey protein concentrate 80 (WPC 80), and both pharma and food-grade lactose.

Le Sueur, MN, was the original home of the Jolly Green Giant. This small town provides a safe, friendly atmosphere with great neighborhoods and affordable housing while maintaining several large businesses. Le Sueur is on the Minnesota River and The National Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway passes right by town. You can also visit the Le Sueur Chamber site http://lesueurchamber.org/ for more information on local events.

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