Internship: McCain Foods Agriculture – Internship Program

Published on
October 15, 2020
Lotte Woittiez:

Are you a student looking for a fresh and exciting opportunity to start your career? McCain Foods Agriculture could have the role for you! We are looking for enthusiastic and driven students to join our teams around the world, to grow and develop with us as we build for the future. The world of Agriculture is changing at a fast pace, with many exciting digital and technological advances, and we intend to be at the forefront of it. Will you be there with us?

Who are we?

Established in Canada in 1957, McCain is a family owned business with strong values. We are the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen French Fries and potato specialities, and a truly global business operating across six continents, with 53 sites and sales in 160 countries, working with farmers around the world and using over 6.5 million tonnes of potatoes every year.

At McCain, we believe good ethics is good business. It guides who we are, what we do and how we do it. We are passionate about our business, and about potatoes, with sustainable Agriculture at the heart of everything that we do. We take an integrated ‘farm to fork’ approach, with a commitment to traceability, and our applied research and development programs allow us to provide expert guidance to our growers. Agriculture is the cornerstone of our business, critical to our continued growth and success, and we are committed to developing our Agriculture team for the future. Are you ready to join us?


What do we offer?

We have upcoming opportunities for 4 to 6 month internships, starting between February to April 2021 depending on your study commitments. If you would like to benefit from an extensive learning experience, while working on meaningful projects in a different country, let us know! We have opportunities around the world including:

South Africa

Key Projects: 1) Compare and test applications related to best farm practices; 2) Analyse nitrogen application rate to understand how we support higher specific gravity (SG) values; 3) Research plant population and the impact on yield, sizing, and profitability of each variety.


Review whole seed and narrow row spacing application around the world.


Determine management practices to manage Fusarium dry rot in India and other regions.


Analyse the gap between actual and attainable yield across different growing regions to identify and present solutions.

Great Britain

Key Projects: 1) Seed agronomy to advance our seed pipeline; 2) Sustainability data analysis to capture complex sustainability data and identify solutions; 3) ‘Farm of the Future’ demo farm to test new technologies and solutions in potato production.


Key Projects: 1) Storage Optimization; 2) Wireworms/animal damage and how to control in an environment with less pesticides, more drought, and more cover crops.


Key Projects: 1) Benchmark McCain’s competitive environment across potato and other crops; 2) Build a roadmap to increase our supply of organic potatoes.

NoteWe are committed to people safety and will fully comply with all travel restrictions and regional government guidelines as a result of Covid-19.  This may impact project availability and will continue to be monitored.

What you need

We’re looking for students in any Agriculture related discipline who demonstrate a passion for Agriculture and have experience in new Agricultural technologies. Successful candidates will demonstrate excellent team building capabilities, strong relationship building skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people. Managing projects to completion is key, but most of all we are looking for highly engaged and motivated people who want to develop and really make a difference. 

In return, you can develop your career in a business with a global reach and global opportunities, where an entrepreneurial culture allows you to take ownership, add value and grow!