AGEC Students’ Internships in the Animal Sector
Written by Kendell Combs, Junior, Agribusiness Management & Agricultural Communication
Many AGEC students find internships in the animal sector because of their background, passions, or interests. These internships provided students with valuable experience in customer relations and knowledge in an area they had not originally been a part of.
Samantha Morris (Senior; Agribusiness Marketing; Franklin, IN) worked for Purina Mills through the Events Internship. She traveled all over the country including Texas, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, and Colorado, and went to all these places while still being able to “live” at home. National sales, events marketing, and product launch, were a few of the many things that she was involved with. Samantha was able to connect customers with dealers in their area, obtain a new customer base, launch Purina’s new show feed supplement Fitter 52, work with PhD’s that developed the new supplement, and test their equine feeds. Purina’s internship helped further her knowledge of the animal nutrition industry, especially the equine sector. Samantha did not grow up around horses, so that was a whole new ballgame and she loved every minute of it.
Traveling to different events lead to a range of questions and perspectives, so she learned how to navigate those and connect with people of all views. “I furthered my knowledge of social media marketing and how that can reach out to today’s society and make it a personal connection between the company and the consumer.” Not only did she widen her network through this experience, but Samantha was also able to learn different things about sales, customer service and events marketing from each person she talked with. Each day at every event was something new, so it kept her on her toes. It pushed her to expand upon her knowledge of the industry. “Every person I worked with this summer was constantly striving for success, while still having a down-to-earth demeanor in helping me gain the most I could out of this once in a lifetime experience.”
Amanda Smith (Senior; Commodity Marketing; Brownsburg, IN) has interned with Perdue Farms for two summers at their turkey breeding unit in Thorntown, IN. Through her internship, she trained new hires and assisted with artificial insemination, semen collections, egg collections, and egg washing. “The company sent me on a trip to headquarters in Salisbury, MD where we toured multiple facilities and received insightful lectures from Perdue Farms administration.” Amanda even had dinner at Jim and Jan Perdue's house and was able to further socialize with the higher management within the company. Perdue Farms is particularly special to Amanda because she met her boyfriend of over a year when she was visiting at Jim and Jan's house.
Other students who participated in internships within the animal sector include Abbey Denton, Lauren Heady, Jared Miller, Cameron Myers, and Brynn Roy.