​Two AGEC students intern at Purdue

Senior, Michael Skiles with two of his bosses from the Tippecanoe County Extension Office

Written by Kendell Combs, Junior, Agribusiness Management & Agricultural Communication

Over the summer, two students had the opportunity to stay close to campus or on campus while still participating in a summer internship. Both students had completely different experiences, but they both found themselves highly involved with customer service and balancing office responsibilities. 

Michael Skiles (Senior; Agribusiness Management; Culver, IN) interned in the Tippecanoe County Extension office. The two educators there taught him what being an educator is all about – that it is so much more than 4-H and the fair. Michael enjoyed being a part of the team that made for a successful summer filled with workshops, camps, and the fair. His internship and the people that he worked with showed him the many opportunities that Purdue Extension offers. “It helped me realize that being an Extension Educator is something that I am looking at pursing.”

Michael’s main role as an intern was to help answer any questions 4-Hers or their families had. He was directly in charge 4-H online, FairEntry, and the livestock part of the fair. He learned how to operate both sites and worked through signing the kids up for their fair projects by handling the questions pertaining to these tasks. He kept in contact with the 4-hers and their families to remind them of events and important deadlines. Throughout his internship, Michael learned to balance his many responsibilities all while being a first point of contact for people who came to the office for help. Michael also had the chance to get out of the office and participate in some fun events like the 4-H color run. “My favorite part of this internship was getting to know and help the people that were a part of this fair.” He really enjoyed the opportunity to make personal connections through Extension. 

Rachel Brockman (not pictured, Junior; Sales and Marketing; Evansville, IN) spent her summer working for Purdue Summer Conferences. She helped run the front desk along with the summer student office staff. Rachel was in Purdue University residence halls most of the time at Third Street Suites or First Street Towers.  There, she made sure that guests were accommodated and that they were prepared for the events.

Her main priorities through her position were to answer the summer conferences guests' questions and help them check in. She made sure that all guests were taken care of throughout the conferences and their stay at Purdue. In addition to being heavily involved in customer service for the conferences, Rachel also helped organize the office and aided in case of any sort of emergencies. “During my experience with residential halls, I learned more about customer service and hospitality, as well as how to take on the responsibility for an entire building of people.” Her favorite part of the entire internship was the freedom that she had during the job. This allowed her to become very skilled in multitasking and time management. 

Other students who had internships around Purdue include Josiah Herndon, Chelsey Kiger, Will Oemichen, Karley Alexander, Veronica Barnard, Elaina Robards, Alexis Scheidt, Diane Stichter, and Harlee Sullivan.

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