Intern program aimed at next generation of agriculture innovators

ESN Smart Nitrogen is a smart choice for retailers

From precision agriculture technology that allows growers to access satellite imagery of their fields, to increasingly sustainable crop management practices, the agriculture sector is experiencing the most dynamic evolution since the introduction of the powered motor.

Students enrolled in agriculture-focused college and university programs today will enter the industry at an opportune time: there will be plenty of jobs and opportunities to showcase fresh thinking.

As part of its commitment to support the next generation of innovation in agriculture, Nutrien is pleased to announce the new ESN Smart Intern program. The two and a half month compensated position will provide valuable hands-on learning and insights into the core business areas of marketing, sales, manufacturing, communications, public relations and agronomy. As a major producer and distributor of agricultural products and services in North America, South America, Australia and Egypt, this is an opportunity at Nutrien that students will not want to miss.

“Growth is a top priority for Nutrien and it doesn’t just apply to the nutrients we make or the size of our business; we’re invested in supporting and developing innovative solutions that help farmers,” says Todd Latimer, Marketing Manager with Nutrien. “We are a recognized leading global manufacturer of crop nutrients and retailer of agricultural inputs – and a great place to work.”

The successful applicant will spend the summer of 2016 headquartered in Denver and travelling throughout the southern states while learning about retailer and grower expectations and processes, how a fertilizer plant is run, the development of sales and marketing programs and the role of sustainability within a sales team. The ESN Smart Intern will generate youthful and fresh content for ESN Smart Talk, the online platform for discussions about progressive farming, write a weekly blog update on key learnings, and act as a youth ambassador for ESN Smart Nitrogen throughout the coming academic year. Nutrien will share the ins and outs of the business, so upon graduation the successful intern is ready to take the industry by storm.

To be eligible for this opportunity, students must be a Junior or Senior enrolled in an agriculture–focused college or university and have a U.S. mailing address. If the following skills sound like we’re describing you, you may be just who we’re looking for:

  • – Keen interest in pursuing a career in agriculture
  • – Strong sense of urgency for the completion of tasks
  • – Ability to take initiative to complete an assignment independently
  • – Comfortable making decisions and completing tasks with minimal supervision
  • – General knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power Point)
  • – Excellent verbal and written communication skills


To apply for this internship, students are asked to explore how smarter fertilizer usage is advancing sustainable agriculture practices. By uploading a video or other multimedia submission, students will demonstrate their understanding of how this technology positively influences profitability, efficiency and environmental stewardship. To be considered for the 2016 Nutrien Smart Internship, submit your application online at no later than March 16, 2016.

Follow the next generation of agriculture professionals by viewing the top student submissions at and engage in the conversation by using #ESNSmartIntern on Twitter. For more information on this exciting opportunity or to learn more about ESN, visit and follow us on Twitter @SmartNitrogen.

We look forward to hearing from eligible students and nurturing the budding agriculture professional who becomes the 2016 Nutrien ESN Smart Intern.