Forty-one college students are exploring agricultural career opportunities this summer in the 59thyear for the Growmark intership program.
The interns are working at FS companies in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, Ohio, and Ontario, Canada; as well as the Growmark corporate office in Bloomington, Illinois, and Growmark FS in the northeast.
The interns are exposed to accounting, marketing, communications, and product and service-related activities. The group kicked off the program at the Growmark corporate office on May 21 and will reconvene in June for an agribusiness tour and professional development opportunities. Each intern will complete a business-related project and deliver a presentation on their project in August.
"This internship program continues to be a key component in identifying and retaining top talent for the Growmark system," said Kayla Portwood, Growmark university relations manager. "Students engage with industry professionals on important projects and have the opportunity to clarify career goals, while we get exposed to some of the most talented university students."
The Growmark internship program began in 1959 and more than 1,100 students have been involved in the program.
- Jessie Williams, Delaware State University
- Ryan Herstine, Delaware Valley University
- Kalin Salz, Zach Collins, Matt Reuss, Nora Turner, Mike Miner, Ty Tucker and Suzanne DeLoriea, all of Illinois State University.
- Nolan Webster, Sam Moore, Willow Griffith, Ryan Snider, Trace Bolsinger, Pedrick Garrett and Julia Edlefson, all of Iowa State University.
- Kelsey Johnson, Maranatha Baptist University
- Josh Beard, Murray State University
- Joseph Taylor, Ohio State University
- Edward Plesha, Quincy University
- Alex Smith, Kurtis Clapper, Logan Hosick, and Brennan McVey, all of Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
- Katherine Hopkins, SUNY Cobleskill
- Allison Bailey, Ian Brunsveld, Bradey Cowenberg, and Emma Chappell, all of University of Guelph.
- Immanuel Hartfield, AJ Marsiglio, and Stephen Riskedal, all of University of Illinois
- Elizabeth Arrigoni, Brad Comstock, Craig Medema, Paige Dilley, Kyle Shephard, Kal Fischer, and Alyssa Demrow, all of University of Wisconsin – Platteville.
- Brenton Dalton and April Leinberger, all of Western Illinois University.
Exploring Agriculture program
Nineteen students are taking part in Growmark's summer Exploring Agriculture Internship program. The students are spending 10 weeks working at FS companies in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
The interns are exposed firsthand to the inner workings of retail energy and agribusinesses to help them evaluate future career aspirations. The students will be operating field research and crop monitoring equipment and technology for scouting, assisting with facility and equipment maintenance and repair, and building professional relationships with FS personnel and customers while learning the different products and services they offer.
"The Exploring Agriculture Intern program was developed to help build relationships between students and faculty at colleges and technical school level and our FS member companies," said Kayla Portwood, Growmark university relations manager. "We are striving to provide students with hands-on experiences, allowing them to gain a strong understanding of the Growmark system and the agriculture industry.”
- Tyler Rose, Ellsworth Community College
- Hannah Pfefferle, Fox Valley Technical College
- Nate Van Buren, Hawkeye Community College
- Sarah Widener, Heartland Community College
- Andrew Blair, Eli Gile and Victor Johns, all of Joliet Junior College
- Brice Hodnefield, Kirkwood Community College
- Maddie Ray and Shane Eggimann, both of Lincoln Land Community College
- Scott Hyland, McHenry County College
- Noah Beran, North Central Technical College
- Kaitlin Blackford, Parkland College
- Stefan Clenin, Southeast Missouri State University
- Kegan Stibbe and John Harris, both of Southwest Technical College
- Jessie Williams, Spoon River College
- Emily Heckert and Tayler Rupnow, both of University of Wisconsin – Platteville