From Field to Store Shelf, AGEC Junior Explores Production Sector in Summer Internship
Written By: Jo Thomas, Academic Advisor
Kylie Rose (Agribusiness Management; Cicero) will start her Junior year this fall after spending her summer as an intern at Red Gold in Orestes, Indiana where canned tomato products are produced. As an operations intern, Kylie has been engaged in a variety of job duties while also engaging in the process of getting tomatoes from the field to the store shelf.
In her position, Kylie's main responsibilities have included various leadership roles as well as specifically assigned projects. "My main project includes coming up with a new organized process for changeovers on one of the packaging lines. A changeover is when the packaging line has to switch can sizes like from 10 oz. to 28 oz. cans. To do this, there are twelve different machines that need changed over for the new pack size which makes the changeover somewhat difficult."
While her internship start date was initially pushed back two weeks due to COVID-19, Kylie has still been able to work on location and work with all of the Red Gold employees, an experience she is thankful to have had. She explains, "I have got to experience what it would be like to be a supervisor or manager which helped me get experience about what I am learning at school. It has been a great internship and I have really enjoyed working at Red Gold."