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Corteva Agriscience Sustainable Ag Soil Informatics Solutions Intern - 3 Month (Johnston, IA) in Johnston, Iowa


Corteva Agriscience seeks a student for a full-time internship within our global Data Science and Informatics group working on soil informatics product development for applications in sustainable agriculture. We are aggressively building digital soil information capability to support Corteva’s mission to increase the resilience of our global food system.

This role will work among a team of soil science, data science, engineering, and digital solutions experts to enable sustainable decision support solutions focused on soil, water, and climate. The intern should be familiar with soil landscape and environmental data, machine learning and deep learning-based approaches, and some capability with implementing these on large geospatial datasets in Linux and cloud-based environments.

Responsibilities - What You'll Do:

  • Develop digital soil information and models.

  • Hands-on integration of various data and sensor components including data clean up, alignment, normalization and ETL pipeline development.

  • Evolve and deploy our core machine learning/deep learning algorithms to enable highly optimized models to be delivered to our research customers.

  • Applied testing and validation of developed compute solutions under field conditions while documenting learnings for further tooling development.


Qualifications - What You'll Bring:

  • Currently enrolled in a graduate education program pursuing (or planning to pursue) a Ph.D. or M.S. in Soil Science, Environmental Science, Civil/Geotechnical Engineering, or related scientific discipline. Ideal candidate must have completed graduate level coursework in geographic information systems, pedometrics, statistics, and machine learning.

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Programming skills in Python or R in linux environments

  • Familiarity with open source geospatial tools including Qgis, GeoPandas, Rasterio and GDAL

  • Understanding of soil functional and biological processes

  • Interest in learning new technologies, latest ML algorithms, and scalable programming techniques.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a can-do attitude with the ability to thrive in a fast-paced dynamic environment. Experience in research, life sciences, or in data science is a plus.

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to work as part of a global team and, at times, independently while appropriately prioritizing tasks.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English are required.


  • Deep understanding of data processing and analysis algorithms.

  • Exposure to remote sensing or hydrological models.

Corteva Agriscience ™, the world's first dedicated agriculture start-up, serves to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Our employees fulfill this purpose everyday by building/participating in an inclusive culture where we encourage each other to stay curious, think differently, act boldly and do what's right for our customers, our co-workers, our partners and our planet. With over 20,000 team members from 130 countries, innovating in 140 world class R&D facilities, we have the resources, leadership heritage and partner ecosystem to make a meaningful impact now and into the future.


Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of DowDuPont, is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected class. If you need a reasonable accommodation to search or apply for a position, please visit: Accessibility Page for Contact Information For US Applicants: See the 'Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law' poster For our U.S. Affirmative Action Policy, click here