Bridget McFarland Internship

Name: 
Bridget McFarland
Major: 
Agronomy, Minor in Spanish and Certificate in Community Leadership and Public Service
Year: 
Junior
Hometown: 
Ames, IA
Company/Organization: 
DuPont Pioneer, Maize Stress Product Development Intern (summer 2014)
Location: 
Woodland, CA

Describe your internship responsibilities:
I was assigned an independent research project for the summer, studying the effects of drought stress at different points in corn maturity.  I was in charge of collecting, organizing and analyzing this data, leading a group of workers who assisted me throughout the summer and I was also required to work with the other interns to accomplish various tasks.

What did you enjoy most about this internship?
What I really enjoyed most about this internship was getting full responsibility for my research project.  I had to take ownership of my project, lead data collections and solve problems as they arose throughout the summer to complete my project in a timely and efficient manner.

How has this experience impacted your future career plans?
This internship made me realize that I want to pursue a career in research.  I knew that this internship would help me figure out if this was the route I want to take and after working with scientists and other professionals, I know this is the path I plan to pursue.

What resources did you utilize to obtain this internship?
I used the CyHire system to find and apply for this internship.

What advice would you offer to other students seeking similar internships?
My advice for students is to be open to anything and everything.  College is a great time to try a variety of things, so don’t be afraid to move away from home for a few months.  And don’t be intimidated by an internship - just give it a chance!