Name: Jolene Glenn
Major: Public Service and Administration
Hometown: Elk Grove, CA
Company/Organization: Nebraska Pork Partners
Location: Cedar Rapids (Northeast), Nebraska
Describe your internship responsibilities:
Myself, as well as four others, were able to be involved in every facet of a modern hog producing company. We were involved in management as well as basic and veterinary care though all stages, farrow to finish. We medicated using various methods, processed piglets, necropsies on pigs and coordinated hog movement between units and owners. We also participated in the paperwork and record keeping that is utilized in this type of operation.
What did you enjoy most about this internship?
The insight into the industry was why I did this internship and I really value that aspect; I was able to have a first-hand account of the issues that arise with modern production practices that will become only more important in the future. Along with this technical knowledge, I had the opportunity to meet great people who welcomed us into their town and encouraged us to learn as well as provide input at work. These coworkers, interns, and friends who I still spend time with, made spending summer in a new area exciting.
How has this experience impacted your future career plans?
I knew before I applied to this internship that I did not want to have a career in production agriculture. This internship reaffirmed this for me but also allowed me an opportunity to gain a hands-on, new experience in the industry. It also gave me another perspective for the career that I do desire.
What resources did you utilize to obtain this internship?
I found this internship at the Fall Ag Career Day. It was intimidating and frustrating walking through the rows of companies without being the typical candidate for an internship; I had only begun my freshman year, had little work or farm experience, and I was not an Ag Business, Animal Science, or Agronomy major that many companies seek out. But taking that chance let me see what possibilities existed for interns and provided me with valuable insight into a large and important industry.
What advice would you offer to other students seeking similar internships?
The best way to find an internship is to apply and interview for many opportunities. Apply and interview for any opportunity that sounds interesting, even if it's not the exact career you imagined for yourself or tangential to your degree as it will give you additional experience and a rounded resume.