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POET Merchandising Intern in Sioux Falls, South Dakota


At POET, it is our mission to be good stewards of the Earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods as effectively as humanly possible. For over thirty years our drive and passion to change the world has enabled us to become the largest producer and marketer of biofuels in the world.


In addition to creating biofuels at POET, we produce other valuable goods that we call co-products. These co-products include five million tons of our Dakota Gold distillers grain animal feed and 600 million pounds of our Voila corn oil. It is our role at POET Nutrition to market these high quality products and provide the lowest cost logistics solutions for our customers.


Each day, when we show up to work at POET Nutrition it’s our job to market and transport, as efficiently as possible, about 20,000 tons of our high quality feed products from our bio-processing facilities to our valued customers who happen to be located all over the globe. We use trucks, trains, barges and ocean vessels to make this happen and as a Merchandising Intern it will be your job to assist the Merchandising Team in managing our Co-Product portfolio by studying the markets and developing customer relationships. Your specific assignments can vary by product and may include marketing Dried or Wet Distillers Grains, Corn Oil to either domestic or international customers. Sound intimidating? Don’t worry. If you are a problem solver, detail oriented, a good team player, effective communicator and are looking for an opportunity with a strong, growing company in an exciting industry, we can provide you all the necessary training and tools to be successful.


  • Research and gather market intelligence in various market areas

  • Work with merchandising team to develop sales strategies

  • Promote and represent POET Nutrition at off-site customer locations, POET Partner plants and networking meetings

  • Complete a strategic market development plan or equivalent value added project

  • Utilize and develop various forms of marketing communication

  • Understand the various market drivers for commodity marketing on a worldwide stage

  • Maintain a high level of customer service and friendly atmosphere.

  • Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to a lot of other uses!


  • You enjoy solving problems. You don’t get flustered when things don’t go according to plan. You love taking on challenges and finding creative solutions.

  • You like helping people. You’re patient and level-headed. You really enjoy exceeding someone else’s expectations.

  • You communicate effectively. You write well. You speak articulately. You’re comfortable communicating in writing and on the phone.

  • You pay attention to the details. For you, anything worth doing is worth doing right, every time.

  • You’re a learner. You’re not afraid of taking on new things and stretching yourself. You’re not afraid to ask questions as you’re always looking to improve.

  • You’re entering your Junior or Senior year of college and pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in the areas of Ag Economics/Business, Economics/Business, Marketing or Animal Science.

  • You have an interest in the Merchandising/Trade/Marketing profession

  • You know the basics of Microsoft Office Suite. You’re capable of learning new programs.


  • Culture is king at POET. We’re all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren’t just slogans on our walls. It’s our code.

  • We have an open work environment. No offices. We’re all in this together and we work close together.

  • We work hard. We play hard. We have frequent team events. Bowling, karaoke, golf, obstacle course, trap shooting, and yes, lots of pot lucks!

  • Not much physical labor as most of your time will be in the office at your desk where you can sit or stand.

  • At POET, we want you to live a healthy, happy and balanced life so you’ll have access to an on-site state-of-the-art Fitness Center, natural wellness options and several opportunities to contribute to a better world as a volunteer.

POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.

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Job ID2020-4232

Employment TypeIntern



Travel RequiredUp to 25%

Position Location(s)US-SD-Sioux Falls

FLSA StatusNon-Exempt