AFEE 3096 Students Share Internship Experiences

Emily DehnFrom social media to co-ops and 4-H to corporations, some of our Agricultural Communication and Marketing students had busy summers showcasing their talents and developing skills by completing complex tasks. Every year, our ACM 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.

Emily Dehn (pictured here), a U of M junior, completed her internship with DTN/The Progressive Farmer. As a Social Media Intern, Emily accomplished a variety of tasks. She was in charge of reading content published by the DTN Newsroom, summarizing articles, finding graphics, and creating and scheduling posts (for Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn). Emily also completed a social media competitive analysis, a business case for Instagram, and a trends calendar. When reflecting on her internship, Emily said, “the most beneficial thing I gained this summer through my work at DTN was professional experience. I was able to reinforce my belief that I am a skilled communicator.”

Joe Jore, a senior at the U, also had a positive experience as a Crop Scout Intern for the Farmers Coop Elevator in Rushford, Minnesota. Early in his internship, Joe scouted fields for stand counts, early season damage, and emerging weeks. As the summer moved on, he learned how the fertilizer handling operations worked and how to apply pesticides on fields. Joe said his experience was well rounded, but noted that one of his best learning opportunities came before his internship even started. “While I was attending college in the spring, I was told that I would need to obtain my license to apply pesticides on fields. I had to manage my time with school in order to learn the ins and outs of pesticide safety and equipment, and I was able to pass the exam before the end of the semester. It was rewarding to work hard and be able to use my license at the coop over the summer!” Joe said.

Congratulations to the following students for successfully completing their 2017 internships!

  • Genaan Abdelall, Thomson Reuters
  • Anne Benzine, World Wide Sires
  • Alex Broderius, Seneca Foods
  • Breannca Bussert, Dairy Management Inc.
  • Amber Caffert, Wright County 4-H
  • Emily Dehn, DTN/The Progressive Farmer
  • Gabe Duncanson, Mattson Farms, Long Vue Farms, T-T Ranch
  • Tristan Duran, Sowing Seeds School
  • Evie Enderle, Kelmar Liquidation and Wholesale
  • Alyssa Groskopf, Carver County 4-H
  • Peter Haggerty, River Country Cooperative
  • Kari Healy, Burnips Equipment Co.
  • Paige Hildebrandt, MN Pork Board
  • Tom Indykiewicz, T. Morris Pub Grill
  • Joseph Jore, Farmers Coop Elevator
  • Brendan Kukowski, ADM
  • Maggie Larson, Gilby’s Orchard and Nursery
  • Mariah Larson, Minnesota Corn Growers Association
  • Kyle Lawstuen, Land O’Lakes
  • Kayla Leiding, Midwest Dairy
  • Kristin Liepold, MN Department of Agriculture
  • Ayman Mohamed, Frogtown Farm
  • Jennifer Moran, Minnesota State Fair
  • Joshua Munoz, Minnesota Hemp Farms
  • Alexis M. Murillo, Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health (UMASH) Center
  • Christina Olson, Office of Administration, Library & Research Services
  • Emma Pensenstadler, American Shorthorn Association
  • Joe Ramstad, Dassel Cokato High School
  • Brooke Roberts, MN Beef Council
  • Georgia Sakry, Style Encore
  • Ellen Sheehan, University of Minnesota
  • Andrew Sprang, Coyote Logistics
  • Krista Styer, Wisconsin Holstein Association
  • Ellyn Swanson, New Fashion Pork
  • Cassie Walters, Minnesota FFA Foundation
  • Ashley Warren, Kandiyohi County 4-H
  • Savannah Williams, UW Discovery Farms
  • Brandon Zuidema, Pioneer