Internships

At Pillen Family Farms/DNA Genetics, we're always looking for great people to join our dynamic team - and that includes internship positions! We're a family-owned, family-focused business that takes great care in everything we do, from raising highly productive pigs to fostering team member development.

Our internship program provides an in-depth, immersive experience into all areas of our business, from pig care to promoting our genetic program to customers. Each internship is well crafted to provide students of all majors and career goals with quality professional experiences. We have seven unique opportunities available for students which range in scope and location.

Become an Intern!

AVAILABLE internship Experiences

Click on the internship title for more information on each specific opportunity.

Agronomy

Host: Pillen Family Farms
Location: Nebraska 
Duration: Summer, Winter & Midterm Break available

Application deadline: November 25, 2022

Description

Through this agronomy experience, interns will gain a basic understanding of agronomic practices and will assist in field inspections of Pillen Family Farms’ sites and crops. Students may work around lagoons and deep pit barns, operate basic machinery and learn to fix or repair equipment.

Commercial Pig Production

Host: Pillen Family Farms
Location: Nebraska 
Duration: Summer, Winter & Midterm Break available

Application deadline: November 25, 2022

Description

Through this commercial pig production internship through Pillen Family Farms, students will gain experience in commercial reproduction. Interns will also work in a commercial nursery/finish production system.

DNA Genetics Nucleus

Host: DNA Genetics
Location: Nebraska 
Duration: Summer, Winter & Midterm Break available

Application deadline: November 25, 2022

Description

This internship provides students with experience in swine genetics. Students will spend time learning about our gene centers, reproduction units and nursery/finish facilities.  

Marketing & Communications

Host: Pillen Family Farms & DNA Genetics
Location: Nebraska 
Duration: Summer, Winter & Midterm Break available

Application deadline: November 25, 2022

Description

This internship is designed for students interested in branding, design and strategic marketing. Interns will help strategize, design and execute consistent marketing materials and messaging through print and digital media.

Mechanic

Host: Pillen Family Farms
Location: Nebraska 
Duration: Summer, Winter & Midterm Break available

Application deadline: November 25, 2022

Description

Students will gain experience in several aspects of mechanical and automotive services, including oil changes. auto services, tires, brakes, truck services and trailer equipment.

Milling

Host: Pillen Family Farms
Location: Nebraska 
Duration: Summer, Winter & Midterm Break available

Application deadline: November 25, 2022

Description

Pillen Family Farms purchases crops from local farmers to use at its feed mills. Through this internship, students will learn about the feed milling process. Interns will help inspect products for overall quality, manage inventory, meet production schedules and perform daily sanitation measures.

Research


Host: Pillen Family Farms & DNA Genetics

Location: Nebraska 

Duration: Summer, Winter & Midterm Break available


Application deadline: November 25, 2022

Description

Research interns will have the opportunity to oversee one or more projects within the Pillen Family Farms or DNA Genetic system. Data collected during the internship could be used to present at scientific meetings. Specific responsibilities will depend upon the research project; however, duties could include data management and analyzation and trial implementation.

past intern Testimonials

Jordee

Leadership Development - Nursery

"I’m so thankful for the opportunity I had to intern with Pillen Family Farms this summer. I gained so much experience while working in the nurseries alongside the most hardworking people. Under incredible management I learned about proper biosecurity procedures, how to control the environment and animal health."

Greyson

Leadership Development - Nursery

"Through this internship, I not only learned what it takes to run a site correctly but also learned more about the people management aspect of the business. I appreciated getting to know fellow team members and spending time working together as a team."

Summer

Leadership Development - Genetics

"Pursuing an internship with Pillen Family Farms this summer proved to be an extremely fulfilling experience! Every day on the farm presented new tasks and challenged that required vast amounts of hands-on learning and critical thinking. I’m very appreciative of the kindness continually demonstrated by the company."