Cliff Dolbeare Internship

Name: 
Cliff Dolbeare
Major: 
Agricultural Education - Communications Option
Year: 
Senior
Hometown: 
Pleasant Hill, Illinois
Company/Organization: 
GROWMARK, Inc.
Location: 
Bloomington, Illinois

Describe your internship responsibilities:

My responsibilities were very diverse but they can best be described with the word "promotion". The majority of my summer I promoted two incentive trips that GROWMARK offers to its salespeople. I also worked to promote a marketing/motivational meeting that GROWMARK puts on for its employees.

What did you enjoy most about this internship?
I can't really say what my favorite portion of the internship was, mainly because I had the opportunity to be involved and take hold of such a wide variety of activities. I had the chance to do everything from taking pictures for the GROWMARK magazine, Spirit, to representing GROWMARK at the Wisconsin FFA State Convention. My activities were as diverse as writing a curriculum/leader's guide for a training video to promoting incentive trips.

How has this experience impacted your future career plans?
This internship experience helped show me how much I enjoy working in the communications field. While I often thought I would not want to work in the "corporate" world, working for GROWMARK proved to me otherwise. This internship showed me that a good job in the communications field could be enjoyable even in a corporate environment. As well, working with a great group of individuals can prove to make a job even better.

What resources did you utilize to obtain this internship?
I had three main resources in obtaining this internship; the Ag Career Fair, my resume, and myself. The Ag Career Fair provided me a great opportunity to really see which companies were looking to hire interns as well as get my resume in the hands of potential employers. What I especially like about the career fair is the fact that it allowed me to use my own communication skills to effectively sell myself and my abilities to the various company personnel present.

What advice would you offer to other students seeking similar internships?
First and foremost, be willing to talk up yourself. While tooting your own horn might not be a standard practice for most, one has to do it when job/internship hunting, especially for a communications position. One must be willing to walk up to a company they're interested in, hand them a resume, and ask about an internship. What better way to showcase your communication or marketing abilities than by selling yourself!