The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is the national trade association representing the corn refining industry of the United States. CRA and its predecessors have served this important segment of American agribusiness since 1913. Corn refiners manufacture sweeteners, ethanol, starch, bioproducts, corn oil and feed products from corn components such as starch, oil, protein and fiber.

What You Will Learn

CRA values its interns and endeavors to provide a learning experience that advances your career development.

  • Interns are treated as entry level professionals and assist with various projects throughout their time at CRA. Successful interns are enthusiastic about working on a wide variety of tasks in a fast-paced, team environment.
  • Government Relations Interns are assigned to work on active issues faced by CRA. Duties include, but are not limited to:
    • Providing support to the Vice President of External Affairs and CRA policy staff. It is envisioned that interns will assist in the implementation of CRA’s legislative agenda; track key pieces of legislation and regulatory proposals; conduct background research for issue advocacy planning and outreach to federal and state policymakers; attend hearings and meetings on behalf of CRA and deliver an analysis of critical issues discussed; and assist the policy staff with various initiatives and special projects.
    • Assist with regular meetings of the CRA Government Relations Committee, which is comprised of DC and home-office based representatives of all CRA member companies.
  • Interns may also be asked to support additional CRA committees including Communications, Environmental Affairs, Health & Wellness, Product Safety & Quality, Sustainability, Trade, and Workplace Safety, based on the current needs of the association.


  • 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. Qualified candidates should have completed courses in Political Science, Public Policy, Agribusiness, or related area of study.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including proof reading.
  • Organized, with an ability to prioritize multiple time-sensitive assignments.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  • A genuine interest in policy development.

Additional Details

  • Due to COVID-19 this position may be 100% remote. You will need to have personal computer, secure internet connection and landline or cell phone. If remote work is necessary CRA will provide a phone & internet stipend of $100 per month.
  • The Internship Program at CRA is a paid position. If you would like to receive credit in addition to or in lieu of wages, please consult with your department head or academic advisor.
  • Internships are available on a year-round basis. The next opening is for the winter term; January-May 2021.
  • In general, we anticipate that interns will work full-time during their semester of employment at CRA. However, CRA is open to accepting candidates who would work less than full-time so they may take classes at a local university. This flexibility is intended to attract candidates from outside the DC-area who may want to take advantage of the many local learning opportunities available while interning at CRA. This arrangement also offers a flexible internship opportunity for student enrolled fulltime at a DC-based institution.
  • No benefits are provided.

To Apply

  • Interested applicants should email their cover letter, resume, cumulative GPA a writing sample, and contact information for 3 references to [email protected] using the subject line “RE: Government Relations Intern”.
  • At least one reference should be a current Professor or Academic Advisor familiar with your academic record. Pre-written letters of recommendation are not accepted. We will contact references directly only for top candidates and only after notifying the intern candidate.
  • No phone calls will be accepted.

Corn Refiners Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.