Senior’s Path Leads to Internship in Purdue Ag Development
Written by Kendell Combs, Junior, Agribusiness Management & Agricultural Communication
(Senior; Agribusiness Marketing; Lewisville, IN) has had the opportunity to work in a couple of different places throughout his time in the College of Agriculture. First, he worked for the department of animal science in the Boilermaker Butcherblock. He then moved to Extension working as student intern in the State 4-H office. These experiences both unique in their own way gave Austin a lot insight on opportunities he liked and those that he did not. Finally, in his senior year, Austin took the offer to work in the College of Agriculture Development office. Through some mutual connections within the office, he heard about the position and was even identified as a possible fit for the learning opportunity by his now supervisor Miss Cameron Mann. Austin went through an interview process with the Purdue Research Foundation. Some may not know that is actually where development for the university and college is housed and he was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to join the office as the student Ag Development Intern.
Austin’s role and responsibilities have gone down many different paths during his first few months in the development office. His main responsibility is to assist Cameron in the aspects of stewardship and events coordination that the office puts on each year, such as the College of Agriculture Scholarship dinner and the Dean’s Club dinner. He has done everything from coordinating College of Agriculture students to write over 630 thank-you cards to donors in regard to their annual giving and mailing those cards out. He has even spent an afternoon with perspective donors giving them a tour of the College of Agriculture, an event Cameron felt comfortable giving me through my experiences as a College of Ag Ambassador.
“Working in a space like development, even though I have a very limit role, opens your eyes to many different aspects of giving and passion. They want to give back to something bigger than themselves and I find that very humbling something I hope to do one day.” He has been able to see how much people care about their education and passions. “I would have to say my favorite part of the experience so far is being able to interact with alumni and donors that are passionate about your university and college, especially our Ag Econ donors!” One thing that Austin can take away from his experiences as an Ag Development Intern is the ability to see what a well-ran professional organization and office looks like. He believes that if he is fortunate enough to work in a place like the College of Agriculture Development office, he thinks he will be in the place where he feels at home.