Current Openings

Director, Trade & Industry Affairs

The Director of Trade and Industry Affairs provides strategic and tactical support to CRA management and membership regarding trade policy, co-products and statistical reporting programs. Leads the Trade, Statistical Reporting Committees and Co-Products Subcommittee. Develops and heads advocacy efforts of the association’s trade policy positions through diplomatic capacity building. Monitors and evaluates domestic and international industry statistics.


  • Represents the U.S. corn refining industry in international and DC-based organizations concerning international trade policy, including, but no limited to: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, U.S. Food & Agriculture Dialogue for Trade, Washington International Trade Association, International Grains Trade Coalition
  • Leads and advises the CRA Trade Committee on international trade matters
  • Maintains on-going communications with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. Department of Commerce and Embassy staff from key markets on issues concerning marketing and trade of U.S. refined corn products
  • Point of contact for industry relations with international strategic partners in Mexico, Canada, and the European Union
  • Manages the CRA Statistical Reporting Committee (SRC) and SRC Program consultants
  • Leads the CRA Co-Products Subcommittee in reporting regulatory/industry and trade issues pertaining to corn oil, corn gluten feed and corn gluten meal
  • Produces monthly import/export data reports for membership
  • Assists in the development and creation of the Quarterly Updates and the CRA Update
  • Assists the Chief Operating Officer in preparation and delivery of CRA trade and industry messaging
  • Produces and presents a quarterly industry economics report to CRA team members


  • Required: Background in Economics and Trade
  • Desired: Experience working with U.S.-Mexican relations; Spanish proficiency


  • Applicants should submit a cover letter and reference “Director, Trade & Industry Affairs” to [email protected]
  • Submit applications by December 7, 2018 to ensure consideration

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, government relations, or communications.

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.

Past participants in our intern program have had great things to say. Here are just a few select quotes:

“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.”

“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’.“

“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.”

Current Programs

Environmental Policy Internship Government Relations Internship

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 first hand knowledge of the food and agriculture industries, as well as government policy development.


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

The Internship Program at CRA is a paid position. 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.