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Corteva Agriscience Protein Engineering Intern in Des Moines, Iowa


Corteva Agriscience is a leader in delivering novel and sustainable solutions for the future of agriculture. The Input Trait Discovery group incorporates genomic analysis, activity-based screening, protein engineering and optimization to deliver novel Insect Control or Herbicide Tolerance traits. We are seeking an undergraduate internship to work in its protein engineering team.

Responsibilities - What You'll Do:

  • PCR, cloning, mutagenesis, DNA purification, sequencing, and transformation

  • Perform sequence and data analyses using molecular biology and other tools

  • Written and verbal communication of plans, procedures, and results with internal and external stakeholders


Qualifications - What You'll Bring:

  • Currently enrolled in a Bachelor's degree program in molecular biology, biochemistry or a related discipline.

  • Basic molecular biology knowledge such as primer, plasmid, DNA purification, bacterial cell culture, PCR, and DNA sequencing

  • Basic lab experience in designing and performing experiments

  • Ability to organize datasets and samples using Excel or similar software

  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to interact professionally by email and in-person meetings

Community -We care about you and we care that you're comfortable. While there's no place like home, Corteva comes close.

Our Johnston, Iowa campus is home to 2,500 employees whose mission is simple - to feed the world. While our employees are busy working to solve world hunger and ensure environmental sustainability, we're taking care of them by offering convenience and comfort during the workday with an onsite fitness center, coffee shop and top-notch cafeteria touting a grill, deli, fresh salad bar and a variety of healthy menu options. Need some fresh air during your work day? Take advantage of our beautiful, tree-lined walking trails or relax by the pond. We also offer countless opportunities to connect with your colleagues through community volunteerism, sports teams and parties, and holiday events. Did we mention you'll be working in state-of-the art buildings with the latest technology with colleagues from all over the world? Join us in bringing food into homes around the world, while we make you feel at home while you're at work.

Des Moines, Iowa is the fastest-growing major metropolitan area in the Midwest with a nationally ranked high quality of living. It's nicknamed the Silicon Prairie for its place as an up-and-coming hot spot for technology. Living here means Saturdays at the nationally renowned Downtown Farmers' Market, sporting events, a robust downtown night life and access to one of the most artistic medium sized cities. If you enjoy the outdoors, Des Moines offers beautiful nature trails for a casual walking, running or biking adventures.

It means going to a job you love and coming home to a community of friends and family. Communities care about their residents and residents care about their communities, making a difference for everyone who lives here. This is a place where culture flourishes and opportunities grow, where a work-life balance can be achieved, where education is unmatched, and award-winning arts and entertainment are right around the corner.

Corteva Agriscience™ is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to boldly embracing the power of inclusion, diversity, and equity to enrich the lives of our employees and strengthen the performance of our company, while advancing equity in agriculture. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected class. Discrimination, harassment and retaliation are inconsistent with our values and will not be tolerated. If you require a reasonable accommodation to search or apply for a position, please visit:

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