Reflecting on Student Internship Experiences

Every year, our Agricultural Communication & Marketing students have the opportunity to receive college credit for completing internships through AFEE 3096 – Experiential Learning: Production and Business, instructed by Dr. Rebecca Swenson. The majority of students’ internships take place over the summer, therefore the course is taught primarily online. Through online sessions, students complete reflections about their individual internship experiences and also respond to their classmates’ reflections. Coming together in the fall, AFEE 3096 students share their internship successes and struggles through presentations to both their peers and underclassman.

MariahFrom extension services to corporations and policy research to co-ops, our students had busy summers showcasing their talents and developing skills by completing complex tasks. Mariah Anderson completed her internship with Land O’Lakes, in the WinField Marketing and Seed Treatments division. Mariah is pictured here, second from the left, at the Garretson, South Dakota WinField Answer Plot. Her main project consisted of developing a seed treatment handbook which serves as a resource for sales staff and retail accounts to become more confident in product lines in order to boost sales. This handbook also serves as an informational guide for Land O’Lakes growers when choosing the best seed treatment for their crop. Mariah said, “When reflecting on my overall internship experiences this summer with WinField, I am excited to say that I have learned far more than I was expecting. Not only did I become an expert in seed treatment material, but I feel as though I have also grown immensely as a professional.”

Ethan Dado also had a positive experience at his internship with the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation. His main roles included event planning for the Golf Outing, Sporting Clays Tournament, and Farm Camp Minnesota. Ethan also assisted with office work, wrote solicitation letters, and applied for grants. When reflecting on his experience, Ethan said, “Communication was the strength I was able to grow in the most, both written and verbal. However, I also learned more about my own work style and prioritizing work in a different setting. Overall, the internship provided me with many great learning opportunities and better prepared me for my future.”

Congratulations to the following students for successfully completing their 2016 internships!

  • Mariah Anderson, Winfield Marketing Seed Treatment
  • Breannca Bussert, Renville County Extension 4-H
  • Ethan Dado, Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation
  • Chelsey Daly, White Coat Advisors
  • Rachel Engel, ADM Commodity Merchandising
  • Thane Ewald, BlackEye Roasting Company
  • Heather Franke, Winfield Marketing & Communications Team
  • Daniel Hayes, Winfield UFC
  • Kennedy Janssen, Minnesota Pork
  • Deanna Kanne, CFANS International Programs
  • Morgan Krause, Sleepy Eye Agricultural Education program
  • Kevin Lapham, Second Harvest Heartland
  • Alexis Larson, Sibley County 4-H Youth Development
  • Kristen Lee, UMN Orientation and First-year Programs
  • Christina Olson, CFANS Admissions
  • Brianna Opdahl, Minnesota Farmers Union
  • Mallory Pagel, Minnesota Farmers Union
  • Courtney Pietras, Round Lake Vineyards and Winery
  • Jacob Roerick, Cardinal Homebuilders
  • Megan Schulte, Clark County 4-H and Extension
  • Michael Slater. AgriGold Sales and Marketing
  • Greta Tank, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) Government Affairs
  • Madison Taylor, Ferndale Market & Peterson Turkey Hatchery Production and Business 
  • Micah Twedt, Cargill
  • Elizabeth Wilts, Redwood County 4-H