Internship Program

SFI takes pride in its mission statement: “Producing quality pork and creating opportunities for rural communities”. The development of an internship program is just another avenue for creating opportunities for rural communities; in this case, by awarding a “real life” experience to college students by having them experience the various employment opportunities in the agricultural sector.

The SFI internship program showcases the following benefits:

  • Discover hands-on, “real life” experience throughout the entire production system (breeding, gestation, farrowing, gilt development, nurseries, finishers)
  • Explore production focus area of your choice
  • Tour research barn, feedmill, & processor, as available
  • Shadow vets & managers
  • Engage in an independent research project(s), if applicable
  • Participate in supervisory and production meetings
  • Garner valuable feedback from supervisory staff
  • Earn competitive compensation, including housing


Internship Schedule

  • The intent of the schedule is to demonstrate the timeline for each area of production. Schedule will be flexible based on student’s availability, time needed for project and SFI production.
  • Schwartz Farms, Inc. will make an effort to accommodate a student who wishes to focus on a particular area of interest.

Internship Compensation

  • Compensation rate – please inquire for current rates.
  • Housing is provided if needed.
  • Interns will be reimbursed the IRS standard mileage rate for any mileage incurred on their personal vehicle above normal commute miles.

Intern Eligibility

  • Interns must be able to provide proper identification for employment eligibility. Interns will also be expected to comply with the policies established in the SFI Employee Handbook.
  • Due to Bio-Security, interns cannot work with any other swine or reside with someone who is working in another swine production system for the duration of the Internship Program.
  • Reliable transportation is required.
  • Candidates will be seeking a degree with emphasis in swine, animal sciences, or similar concentration, and a career in the pork industry or related profession. Ideal candidates will be in their final two years of study. Two-ten candidates will be selected for the program. Internships are based in Sleepy Eye, MN or Leigh, NE.

Watch the video below & learn more about our internship program!


Application Instructions

If interested in our Sleepy Eye, MN summer internship program, please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Schwartz Farms, Inc.
Attn: Emily/Human Resources
32296 190th Street
Sleepy Eye, MN 56085
507-794-5779 phone
507-784-5572 fax

If interested in our Leigh, NE summer internship program, please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Schwartz Farms, Inc.
Attn: Mirna/Human Resources
PO Box 306/156 Main Street
Leigh, NE 68643
402-487-2517 phone
402-487-2212 fax

Interviews start in September each year and go until positions are filled (usually November or December)!

Apply today! We’d love to have you be a part of the Schwartz Farms family this summer!



Schwartz Farms, Inc.
32296 190th Street
Sleepy Eye, MN 56085
Main Office: 507-794-5779
Fax Number: 507-794-5572


PO BOX 306
168 North Main Street
Leigh, NE 68643
Main Office: 402-487-2517
Fax Number: 402-487-2212

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