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Gain hands-on experience. Earn good money. Make connections that could lead to a job after graduation. Completing an internship at Hormel Foods could be the best career decision you’ll ever make.

Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. At Hormel Foods, we offer meaningful paid internship opportunities to help them get started.

As an intern, you’ll apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to real-life work situations. Your work will directly contribute to the success of our company.

Internships may be located at our corporate office in Austin, Minn., or at one of our manufacturing plants or sales offices around the United States. We actively recruit for internship positions during the fall and winter months, but occasionally post internships during other times of the year.

During a three- or six-month, full-time internship, you will have the unique opportunity to:

  • Manage company projects independently with support from our talented staff;
  • Network with peers and employees of various levels in different departments;
  • Participate in strategy sessions with industry leaders;
  • Receive competitive pay and housing assistance;
  • Learn about career paths that only a sustainable and international company such as Hormel Foods can offer;
  • Increase your potential to land a full-time job. Hormel Foods is one of the few companies that hires interns with full-time positions in mind; and
  • Participate in social events tailored to the interests of each class of interns.


  • Commitment to working in an environment that values integrity, diversity and sustainability;
  • Innovative spirit that matches our own;
  • Completion of junior year of college;
  • Cumulative GPA requirements depending on the position;
  • Strong work ethic; and
  • Demonstrated leadership skills.

Interested in an internship with Hormel Foods but would like to learn more?

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On average, 92% of our interns are offered a full-time job offer upon completion of their internships.

Hormel Foods President and CEO Jim Snee surprises a few of the company’s interns during their exit interviews.

Awards & Rankings

For more than a decade, Hormel Foods has had an experience-based internship program that provides college-level students with an opportunity to work for a Fortune 500 company doing meaningful real-world work.

  • 50 Best Internships, Vault

    Hormel Foods ranked No. 42 on the 2018 top 50 list, and No. 4 in the retail and consumer products category. To compile the ranking, Vault surveyed thousands of current and former interns about their internship programs. Vault’s 50 Best Internships reflects the highest-rated internship programs across the survey pool.