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 Student Leadership Event to offer Internship and Co-op positions to qualified students from 1890s schools and to help Monsanto build a pipeline of talent from these institutions. 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 growers.

Application process is now open!
Click here to apply for the 2015 Student Leadership Event (Req 00UFA).

Student Leadership Event 2015 Program Highlights
The 2015 Student Leadership Event will be held October 18-20, 2015. 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 and 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 our biotechnology center. Internship and Co-op interviews will take place on Tuesday, after which students will depart for home. Students will be notified of the results following the event.

We encourage students that meet the following qualifications to apply for the 1890s Student Leadership Event:

  • Currently enrolled in a Council of 1890 Land Grant Institution*
  • Sophomore (completion of 30+ credit hours) or higher at the time the Internship or Co-op assignment begins
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  • High interpersonal and communication skills, ability to interact well with a team, and the ability to work independently
  • Self-motivated with strong detail and results orientation and demonstrates strong problem-solving skills
  • Possess qualities and skills that match Monsanto's Global Competencies (results orientation, agility, relationships/networks, courage/candor, and initiative/foresight)
  • Ability and willingness to relocate for the duration of the Internship or Co-op assignment
  • Legal authorization to work within the United States for the duration of their assignment

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


* Council of 1890 Land Grant Institutions include:

  • Alabama A&M University,
  • Alcorn State University,
  • Delaware State University,
  • Florida A&M University,
  • Fort Valley State University,
  • Kentucky State University,
  • Langston University,
  • Lincoln University (MO),
  • North Carolina A&T State University,
  • Prairie View A&M University,
  • South Carolina State University,
  • Southern University and A&M College,
  • Tennessee State University,
  • Tuskegee University,
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff,
  • University of Maryland- Eastern Shore,
  • University of D.C.,
  • University of Virgin Islands,
  • Virginia State University,
  • West Virginia State University

Application process is now open! Click here to apply for the 2015 Student Leadership Event (Req 00UFA).

In addition to submitting a career profile, you will be asked to attach your resume and answer a few questions related to your academic achievements and professional goals. Your Career Services Office will review all applications from your school to determine if you qualify and to make final recommendations. A panel of Monsanto recruiters will then review student resumes and applications and select students to invite to the Student Leadership Event.

2015 Application Timeline:

Online Applications Open NOW
Application Deadline September 18, 2015
Selections Completed September 30, 2015
Leadership Event October 18-20, 2015

If you have questions about the application process, please contact university.relations@monsanto.com.