Early Career

Smithfield’s future is directly connected to yours

Smithfield's programs for employees just starting out in the field are designed to bring out the best in you. These programs are intended for current college and university students and recent graduates or professionals early in their career.


Career Foundation Program

Our Career Foundation Program is designed to jump-start your career in your chosen field of study over 18-24 months through various rotational assignments at our facilities, offices and farms.

Participants earn a competitive, entry-level income with health and wellness benefits. You’ll also have an opportunity to earn a merit increase during annual review periods. Submit your resume for consideration.


We encourage cross-functional experiences and continuous learning in this program and, with locations in over 30 U.S. states, travel is required. Relocation assistance is available.

College Internship Program

Interns receive competitive compensation and are eligible for many benefits. Our 10-week summer internship opportunities open in September, and you can submit a resume here to begin applying. 

Program tracks include distribution, hog production, engineering, operations, business and sales, finance, supply chain and more!


  • Completion of sophomore year 
  • Major in a field applicable to the internship position


View Current Openings

ID Position Location Department Shift Last Updated
17907 Career Foundation Program (CFP) - Hog Production - Duplin County, Sampson County & Jones County, NC WARSAW, NC Intern/Trainee 1st Shift 6/4/2021 5:05:00 PM. Apply
16873 Career Foundation Program (CFP) - Operations Human Resources Smithfield, VA Intern/Trainee Corporate - Day Shift 3/29/2021 1:26:00 AM. Apply
15220 Career Foundation Program (CFP) - Operations Finance Crete, NE Intern/Trainee Corporate - Day Shift 1/25/2021 1:46:00 AM. Apply
15209 Career Foundation Program (CFP) - Distribution Center Tar Heel (Dist.) US, NC Intern/Trainee Corporate - Day Shift 3/12/2021 4:09:00 AM. Apply
17735 Production Intern OSU - HPD HARRIS US, MO Intern/Trainee All Shifts 7/13/2021 1:10:00 PM. Apply