Internship Program

The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is actively recruiting for its Internship Program. The CRA Internship Program is designed to provide current university students and recent graduates with practical experience and an introduction to careers in environmental policy, food policy, government relations, or trade policy.

CRA offers our interns the opportunity for professional growth and development, assigning them interesting and in-depth projects, and exposing them to working professionals at all levels. Interns interact professionally with government officials, corporate executives, advocacy groups, and more.

CRA interns gain valuable experience to help launch careers in the world of agriculture, policy and more. Past interns have moved on to successful careers in law, trade, policy, economic development, and risk analysis, among other fields.

Read what past interns have to say about CRA’s Internship Program:

Life Impact

“With an elevated emphasis on teaching, CRA exposed me to a plethora of invaluable knowledge and experience regarding both environmental law and policy as well as agricultural markets and sustainability. Educational and practical experience aside, however, CRA provided me with countless other invaluable life lessons and friendships of which I will not soon forget. In sum, working with CRA was truly a pleasure and an experience I believe will continue to have a profoundly positive impact on my life.”

Lobbyist

“With my internship at the Corn Refiners Association I was able to gain a thorough introduction into the realm of Government Affairs and experience firsthand what life is like as a lobbyist on Capitol Hill. From the very beginning I was thrust into interesting projects that were more than just busy work. The small office and friendly atmosphere ensured that I never felt like ‘just an intern’.”

Network

“This is a great opportunity to explore a diverse set of career options from environmental regulation, government relations, public affairs, trade, and food policy to name a few. I was able to network with high level government officials, corporate executives, and nonprofit groups from a variety of fields.”

Training Wheels

“When you join CRA as an intern you are fully immersed from the get-go and the training wheels are off. The projects interns work on at CRA often require critical thinking and analyzing what is relevant information versus fluff. From a professional development standpoint, my interpersonal skills were sharpened during my time at CRA as well.”

Hill Staffer

“Immediately following my internship at CRA, I started an internship with a U.S. Representative from my home state of Florida. This later turned into a permanent position on the Hill… I am very thankful for my mentors at CRA, who helped guide me on an incredible career path!”

Helpful Staff

“Take advantage of the incredible depth of expertise at CRA. The staff truly wants to help interns achieve their professional goals and have a vast network in the realm of agriculture and policy. I had an abundance of support… CRA is very intentional on tailoring the internship to fit each intern’s individual career goals and ensures interns can capitalize on their internship experience as they apply for full time positions.”

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CRA Internship Guidelines

As a CRA intern, you will:

  • Work directly in your field of study to gain valuable experience while developing the skills and knowledge that can take you to the next level in your education or career.
  • Work as a professional with CRA’s executive team and member companies.
  • Gain firsthand knowledge of the food and agriculture industries, as well as government policy development.

Eligibility

The Internship Program at CRA is designed for recent university graduates and graduate students. Rising seniors performing at an exceptional level will also be considered.

Compensation & Credit

Internships at CRA are paid positions. If you would like to receive academic credit for your internship, please consult with your department head or academic advisor to learn about eligibility and requirements.