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OPSU Student Explores Pork Industry Through Seaboard Foods' Winternship

Panhandle State Communications on 01/20/2023 Carlos Flores Carlos Flores

Panhandle State student, Carlos Flores, participated in Seaboard Foods’ annual Winternship program. The week-long Winternship provides an opportunity for students to explore the operations of a connected pork production company, network with company experts, better define career paths and gain knowledge about how pork is produced.

Seaboard Foods’ Winternship started in 2010. Since then 258 students have completed this unique educational opportunity. Students augment their formal education with a real-world view of the industry through tours and presentations, connection with professionals, and better defining their career goals through a look at career paths.

They learn about Seaboard Foods’ unique integrated business and about the many different business sectors the company touches. Students gain knowledge about the company’s departments, from operations of farms, feed mills, and a pork processing plant to transportation, environmental resource management, food safety, supply chain, finance, human resources, marketing, sales, and more.

“Our Winternship experience is a great way to show students how pork is produced from beginning to end. The information they take away is key to building future industry leaders and advocates,” says Rick Sappington, Plant Vice President and General Manager for Seaboard Foods.