Quality Assurance Intern

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Employment Type
Travel Required
Up to 25%
FLSA Status
Position Location(s)
US-SD-Sioux Falls



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 bioethanol and leader in biobased products in the world. Beyond our world-class culture, POET team members enjoy competitive pay and perks including;

  • A multifaceted wellness program encompassing the whole person – mentally, physically, and spiritually
  • Onsite fitness centers or fitness reimbursements 
  • Safety and cold weather gear, and more!



The Quality Assurance Intern’s primary responsibility will be to assist the Quality Assurance Manager in bringing Quality initiatives at POET to fruition. This person will assist in initiatives to align POET’s quality systems and infrastructure in an atmosphere of continual improvement. Activities will involve finding solutions, taking on challenges, and thinking strategically.



  • Assist the Quality Assurance Manager with efforts ranging from metric evaluation to system optimization.
  • Be creative as we are constantly working on new ideas and process improvement activities.
  • Work on multidisciplinary teams to find the right solutions and tools for Quality Assurance activities.
  • Foster a quality culture.
  • Work with POET’s bioprocessing facilities to improve processes and streamline information flow.
  • Assist with improving and revising POET’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s).
  • Coordinate with partners in IT to optimize tools and best practices.
  • Maintain a team environment at all times and champion POET in the community.
  • Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to a lot of other uses!



  • You have a Bachelor’s degree or you’re entering your Senior year of school, preferably with a major or focus in a science related field of study.
  • You have excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills as well as the ability to embrace change.
  • You communicate effectively in writing and in person.
  • You have the ability to understand technical and day to day operation of a bioprocessing facility.
  • You know the basics of Microsoft Office Suite. You’re capable of learning new programs.


At POET we believe in developing our team members to their highest potential and recognizing contributions that add value to the organization. Each new team member’s position and compensation are carefully determined by considering their unique qualifications and skillset.



  • 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 the way we do things at POET.
  • Occasional travel to the bioprocessing facilities for project support and learning opportunities may be required.
  • This position operates in an office environment working at a personal computer where you may sit or stand.


POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). POET complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws regarding hiring and employment. 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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