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Monsanto is a leading sustainable agriculture company that is focused on empowering famers with smart solutions to yield a better harvest while using resources more efficiently.

Beyond supporting farmers, the company appears to be committed to developing graduates with an interest in agriculture through a year-long internship programme.

We’re in the carrot fields of Imperial Valley today. Breeders are looking at qualities like taste, color, and size when evaluating new varieties.

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The internship is awarded to recent graduates or final year students in the fields of Agriculture, Crop Protection, Horticulture and related disciplines based on their academic performance.

According to Madeleine du Plessis, Human Resource Generalist at Monsanto SA, the internship is a great opportunity to gain practical experience because candidates do hands-on work while learning about the industry.

“From the first day our interns become contributing members of the team with meaningful responsibilities.  This allows them to have a realistic look at a career with Monsanto.

They gain valuable professional experience and developmental input,” said du Plessis.

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Following a rigorous assessment, successful applicants will have the opportunity to be part of the company and will be based at the Johannesburg head office, where they will benefit from the mentorship of the Monsanto Leadership team.

Lutholwethu Khumalo and Bonolo Molewa are currently part of the Monsanto Internship programme. Armed with a BSc. in Agriculture (Crop Science) and a National Diploma in Plant Production – for Khumalo, and a graduate in Agribusiness Management – for Molewa;  they are grateful for the wonderful opportunity and valued experience they obtained through the programme.

“The current farming industry needs effective research, leadership and strategies to stir the industry for sustainable growth assist the farmers to optimise yield and quality for security purposes.

Through the Monsanto internship programme I have been able to propel forward the vision I have and share with the company about food security among small holder farmers and eventually take farming as a business” said Khumalo.

Molewa who regards herself to be “very inquisitive” believes that sustainable development is essential in advancing small-holder to emerging farmers and ultimately helps alleviate possible challenges of food security.

“Monsanto has fallen no inch less to my passion. Working with a team that is passionate about advancing the lives of all farmers is very empowering and challenging. The commercial operations internship position has exposed me to all the operational channels of the business” said Molewa.

All interested parties can apply for the internship online on the Monsanto Linkedin page.