Rachel Owen Internship

Rachel Owen
Agronomy / Global Resource Systems
Polk City, IA
Hartung Brothers Inc / H&N Logistics, LLC
Madison, WI

Describe your internship responsibilities:

This summer I worked in both the dispatch office and the brokerage office at H&N Logistics, the transportation division of Hartung Brothers Inc. In dispatch, I communicated with the carriers taking our produce from the field to its next destination. We also hauled fertilizer, so I spoke with drivers delivering these loads as well. I answered phone calls and organized data in spreadsheets. In brokerage, I was responsible for finding loads for drivers without return truckloads, and for recruiting additional carriers for our produce when we were short trucks. In addition to office duties, I worked on another project that involved recruiting new carriers out of Ontario, Canada, familiarizing them with our company, and forming a working relationship for future business transactions.

What did you enjoy most about this internship?

The aspect of my job that I most enjoyed was talking to many different people every day. I spoke with truck drivers, field workers, dispatchers at other companies, and managers at processing plants. Many drivers were with us all summer so I was able to get to know people over the phone and it was fun to hear their stories and to help them out when they needed aid in finding a truckload or answering business questions.

How has this experience impacted your future career plans?

After this summer, I am sure that I want to continue working in agriculture. I did not come from an agricultural background, and I was really looking to gain experience in the field this summer to see if I wanted to stay on this career trajectory. Even though I was not able to work directly with the production side of agriculture, I am assured that I will love a career in this field in the future.

What resources did you utilize to obtain this internship?

The two main resources I used in obtaining this internship were the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Services and my academic advisor. I attended the career fair where I spoke with a representative from Hartung Brothers, and from there I was able to schedule an interview. I had assistance from my advisor and Career Services in writing my resume and preparing for my interview. Also, before the Career Fair, I used Career Management Services (ISU CMS) to look up companies I was interested in and prepared myself for the Career Fair.

What advice would you offer to other students seeking similar internships?

I would let other students know that they should research companies before going to the career fair so that they are knowledgeable of that company, and to not hesitate in looking for an internship, even if they are only first-year students. Be prepared with resumes and schedule as many interviews as possible at the career fair. Practice interview skills with a friend or in the Career Services office, and be confident when speaking with the company.