Kick-start your career in the food and farming industry by spending a year with McDonald’s tracing every step of our supply chain. Mentored by a host farmer as well as some of the UK’s leading food-supply companies, you’ll develop an in-depth experience in sectors such as beef, pork, potatoes, fresh produce, dairy and poultry farming – as well as an understanding of the whole agricultural supply chain. We’ll challenge you to develop a broad range of knowledge that’s needed to succeed in today’s food and farming sector, including business skills and technological know-how.

We are looking for a full time undergraduate studying at college or university within the UK or Ireland. You will need to be 18 years of age or over and eager to find out more about a career within the food supply chain or farming. You don’t need to have practical farm experience but you do need good interpersonal skills and the willingness to get stuck in. Here you will need the ability to use your initiative and think innovatively to find practical solutions. You will have a keen interest in the food supply chain and the ability to work alone as well as part of a team.

McDonalds young farmers


My placement has revealed just how big the agricultural industry is and the different opportunities that lie within it. It’s helping me shape my future career ambitions.

George, Progressive Young Farmer 2019

Application process


Step 1

Fill in an online application.


Step 2

If we like what we read, we will invite you to an online assessment centre. You will be asked to take part in interviews and give a presentation.


Step 3

If it all goes well, we will offer you a job. We will then arrange for you to visit your hosts in spring before starting in summer.