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Farm Credit East is providing on-the-job career enhancement internships to 18 ag college juniors from 11 universities.

July 3, 2017

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HONING THEIR CAREERS: Farm Credit East’s 2017 interns are (front row, left to right): Nicole Allen, Maiya Gibbs, Chelsea Kegler, Casey Branstetter, Grace Mortellaro; and (back row, left to right) Kendall Cross, Brian Thomas, Andrew Coon, Jacob Evans, Dan Makarevich, Dan Dzen, Samuel Reichman, Madison Stevens, Ashley Rice, Andrew Good, Tara Hammonds, Lilly Boyd. Not pictured: Joel Hargrave.

While many ag college students return to their family farms during summer, some gain valuable career skills and contacts working for agribusinesses. That’s the case with 18 juniors attending 11 universities who are now interning at Farm Credit East.

The summer internship experience targets those with career aspirations in agribusiness, accounting, finance or similar fields. “The program challenges the students and provides them with firsthand, real-world experience in their anticipated fields,” notes Bill Lipinski, Farm Credit East CEO.

This year’s interns include: Nicole Allen, Mass Maritime Academy; Casey Branstetter, Pennsylvania State University; Lillian Boyd, Cazenovia College; Andrew Coon, Cornell University; Kendall Cross, Cornell; Daniel Dzen, SUNY Cobleskill; Jacob Evans, SUNY Cobleskill; Maiya Gibbs, Cornell; Andrew Good, Penn State; Joel Hargrave, Clarkson University; Tara Hammonds, Cornell; Chelsea Kegler, Kansas State University; Daniel Makarevich, Virginia Polytechnic Institute; Grace Mortellaro, Cornell; Madison Stevens, Cornell; Samuel Reichman, Rutgers University; Ashley Rice, Delaware Valley University; and Brian Thomas, University of Connecticut.

The 12-week internship program is offered to college juniors each summer. During the experience, students earn an inside look into Farm Credit East and the various career opportunities by shadowing employees in various roles. Each intern also completes a major project, many of which fulfill business plan initiatives. These projects contribute valuable information to be used in reports and future planning.

“Our internship advisers put together a well-rounded experience so that each intern is exposed to agriculture native to that area,” explains Briana Beebe, Farm Credit East’s director of Human Resources. 

Interns are recruited from college campuses across the Northeast. On many of these campuses, Farm Credit East has established relationships with campus organizations such as FFA, Farm Credit Fellows and 4-H. The organization also utilizes its network of customer and employee referrals to recruit interns and employees.

For more on Farm Credit East’s 2018 summer internship program, contact [email protected].

Source: Farm Credit East

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