Nathan Anderson Internship

Name: 
Nathan Anderson
Major: 
Agronomy
Year: 
Senior
Hometown: 
Rural Aurelia, Iowa
Company/Organization: 
Channel Bio
Location: 
Huxley, Iowa

Describe your internship responsibilities:

I was responsible for assisting with tours of the BioFuture facility, both inside tours and outside demonstration plot tours. I also helped with some marketing that related to agronomic topics as well as items for the demonstration plots. In addition, I was able to help maintain the plots and take photographs of the different demonstrations that were established for future use and for distribution to co-workers in the field. I was also tasked with communicating agronomic knowledge to visiting producers and others with an interest in seed and trait technology.

What did you enjoy most about this internship?
I greatly enjoyed the people that I worked with and the flexibility of the schedule. I liked the challenges that I was given and the opportunities they provided to better myself. I also enjoyed the chance to talk with producers about their operations and about new technologies in seeds and traits, as well as the application of existing technology.

How has this experience impacted your future career plans?
It helped to confirm my interest in agronomy, but also gave me more of an interest in the seed technology aspect of agronomy. This experience also helped to set more standards for the type of company that I would pursue a career with.

What resources did you utilize to obtain this internship?
I utilized events that were sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to network with the college recruiting lead for Channel Bio.

What advice would you offer to other students seeking similar internships?
Meet and network with people in industry and get involved in clubs and organizations on campus. By doing this, you can give yourself an opportunity to have an inside track to a potential internship, or at least allow your potential employer to know more about you before you even have an interview. Also, be able to communicate effectively, it takes practice. An intern that is an effective communicator can be a valuable asset to a company.