We are passionate about the work we do at Wakefield Pork and love to share our passion with the next generation of leaders. With our 360-degree Internship Experience, you’ll get a unique opportunity to work in all areas of production, including boar stud, farrowing, wean-to-finish and office support. You’ll also learn the principles of the National Pork Board’s We Care Initiative and be able to put them into action daily.
Our interns work closely with barn managers, department leads, and veterinarians to conduct production-based research projects on exciting, current industry trends. Examples of research projects include colostrum intake studies, feed efficiency studies, product evaluation and more.
Interns are an important part of the Wakefield Pork family, and take part in company picnics, volunteer events and more! See what other interns have said about Wakefield’s Internship Program by hovering over or clicking on the images below.
“Riding along with Field Staff Representatives was a great way to see different barns and helped make connections!”
University of Minnesota
“My favorite part about Wakefield was the people I met. All the employees are like family here.”
Iowa State University
“Taking part in the intern project allowed me to explore all parts of pig production. Now I use that experience as an employee of WPI.”
Plant & Animal Science
University of MN-Twin Cities
“Whether you are interested in production, logistics or an office job, Wakefield Pork will provide you with a quality experience.”
University of MN-Duluth
WPI’s REACH Program
The REACH program is a mini-internship meant to Reflect on learning, Experience hands-on instruction, provide Ambitious learning opportunities, Communicate with industry professionals and Help students reach a higher level of industry knowledge. This program is designed to offer students practical experience in a brief 5-week internship learning the production phase of their choice, including boar stud, sow farm, grow/finish or various office support. WPI’s REACH program is offered in the fall, winter or spring and can easily be completed over a student break or alongside classes. This is also a paid internship with housing available. To inquire, click here.
Wakefield Pork offers one $750 scholarship each year to a current 2- or 4-year college student pursuing an agriculture degree. Students must fill out a scholarship application, work 200 hours at a paid position for Wakefield Pork, provide proof/acceptance at a 2- or 4-year college, maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, submit one letter of recommendation and submit a 300-word essay about student’s organizational involvement and volunteer experiences.
Wakefield also offers one $250 scholarship to a high school senior pursuing an agriculture degree. All the above requirements apply. To inquire about scholarships, click here.