Monsanto & Council of 1890s Student Leadership Event

In 2006, Monsanto announced a partnership with the Council of 1890 Land Grant Universities. In December of that same year, Monsanto hosted our first 1890s Council -- the Monsanto Student Leadership Event -- and selected six interns for the summer of 2007. The goal of the leadership event is to offer internships/co-op positions to qualified students from the 1890s schools, and to help Monsanto build a pipeline of talent from these schools. In the spring of 2007, Monsanto also established cotton and vegetable demonstrations with African American farmers and 1890s schools in four states, featuring Monsanto's latest technologies. These demonstrations are a platform to strengthen relationships and narrow the gap in technology adoption by African American producers.

Student Leadership Event 2014 Program Highlights
The 2014 Student Leadership Event will be held on October 19-21, 2014. Students will be invited to the Monsanto World Headquarters in St. Louis, MO to participate in a leadership development program and to interview for internship/co-op opportunities. Travel and accommodations will be provided by Monsanto.

Student Leadership Event Agenda
Students will fly to St. Louis on Sunday afternoon and attend a networking activity with other invited students from the 1890s universities. On Monday, students will participate in sessions focused on leadership development and an overview of agricultural careers. Presentations on Monsanto and each participating business area will be followed by tours of the biotechnology and data centers. The evening will conclude with a dinner program for the invited students to meet Monsanto leadership. Internship/co-op interviews will take place on Tuesday, after which students will depart for home.

Students must have completed sophomore year or higher at the time the internship begins, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Exceptional students with freshman standing will also be considered. Preferred candidates possess high interpersonal and communication skills, ability to interact well with a team, and the ability to work independently. They are self-motivated with strong detail and results orientation and demonstrate strong problem-solving skills. Students will need to demonstrate (through their university experiences both in and outside of the classroom) they possess qualities and skills that match up with Monsanto's Global Competencies (i.e. results orientation, agility, relationships/networks, courage/candor, and initiative/foresight).

Majors in all the following areas:
Accounting, Agronomy, Bioinformatics, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Crop Science, Engineering, Entomology, Finance, Information Systems, and/or business-related or agriculture-related field with an interest in exploring a career in Agriculture.

Monsanto Contacts:
For other questions, you can contact the Monsanto University Relations Team at

Thank you for your interest, the application for the 2014 Student Leadership Event will reopen in the fall of 2014.

In addition to a current resume, students will need to complete and submit the Student Leadership application. Please email a scanned copy the completed application and a current resume to If you experience difficulties completing or submitting the academic profile electronically, please print the profile and fax the completed form with your resume to 314-694-6554. If you have questions about the application, please contact 

Application Process
Career Services will review the nomination and recommend students for consideration. A panel will review the student resumes and applications and select students to invite to the Student Leadership Event. During the Student Leadership Event, students will interview with internship managers from each of the participating business areas for internship/co-op opportunities for the following summer. Students will be notified of the results following the event.