The MKC Job Shadow Program gives students a chance to experience our cooperative and available careers. This program is open to students age 16+ who attend high school, trade school or college. 

Participants are paired with an employee to learn how they contribute in their role to help our member owners succeed. Students learn what path the employee took to be where they are today and leave with a better understanding of possible career opportunities at MKC. 


What are grain operations?
Grain supplies the food chain and, in Kansas, it is the life blood of agriculture. MKC sources its grain from member farms. It is then our responsibility to get the grain to the right part of the elevator and keep it clean and safe until it leaves to enter our food chain.

Who might be interested?
People who like machinery and learning how things work, welding or working with your hands, working at a quick pace, doing something different every day, solving problems and being outside.

Things you could see:

  • Trucks dumping and loading
  • Mixing and blending grain
  • Loading and unloading an elevator or bunker
  • Building a bunker
  • Moving grain from one location to another
  • People coming together to keep our food supply safe and efficient

What is the communications department?
The communications team shares the MKC mission and story with our customers, employees and communities where we live and work. They work with multiple communications tools, including print, digital and social. They also produce employee and customer newsletters, create content for our social media platforms, capture photos and videos and more.  

Who might be interested?
People who like layout and design, writing, working with social media, photography, videography and creating publications.  

Things you could see:

  • Working on a team in a professional setting  
  • Managing social media   
  • Using Adobe creative software   
  • Putting together videos   
  • Taking photos  
  • Building publications

What are agronomy operations?
Healthy plants produce more grain with higher nutritional value. The MKC agronomy team provides producers with high quality seed, utilizes technology to apply fertilizer and nutrients the seed needs to grow, and takes action to minimize damage done by weeds, pests and disease.

Who might be interested?
People who like working at a fast pace, paying attention to details, seeing how crops grow, doing something different every day, solving problems, working with customers and being outside.

Things you could see:

  • Seed being treated before planting
  • Working with producers to solve problems
  • Mixing and loading crop protection chemicals

What is Grain Accounting?
This team accounts for the value and movement of grain, which includes paying the producer for grain, paying the truck driver or railroad to move the grain, and accounting for the money we receive when we sell the grain.  We use all this information to create financial statements that show how the money traveled throughout the month.    

Who might be interested?
People who like problem solving, critical thinking, working with numbers, detailed processes, and a team environment. 

Things you could see:

  • The different functionality of how we track daily grain movement in our grain accounting software 
  • How we price grain and pay producers for their crops
  • The weekly process of paying our freight haulers for grain we ship
  • Processing money received from vendors for grain shipped out of our elevators
  • Various rail accounting processes
  • Various analysis and reporting processes that provide information to our locations

What is  Information Technology?
This is the use of computers to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data or information. The components of IT include hardware (infrastructure), software, telecommunications, data and processes. As one of the leading cooperatives in Kansas, MKC strives to be the leader in our use of technology. The MKC IT team provides technological solutions for employees and customers.

Here are some examples of the solutions we provide and support:

  • Hardware solutions from computers, to mobile devices, to the infrastructure they operate on and connect through
  • Software and mobile applications for entering and processing data
  • Websites/applications for displaying information and connecting with people
  • Dashboards for analyzing and visualizing data
  • Process improvement and analysis
  • Research and development of new technologies

Who might be interested?
People who like computers, gaming, mobile apps, new technology devices, problem solving, learning new things and working on a team.

Things you might experience:

  • Creating/Updating websites and apps
  • Technical project management
  • Remote employee troubleshooting
  • Systems/network infrastructure management
  • Working with the employee support desk


Complete MKC Job Shadow Program Form

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Please Note

You must print, sign, and bring the Job Shadow Waiver with you to the job shadow. 

If you are under the age of 18, the waiver must also be signed by a parent or guardian.