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Small-company Internships Can Lead to Big Opportunities

Small-company Internships Can Lead to Big Opportunities
Purdue senior explains how internships led to full-time job.

By Susan Goley

A senior in agricultural systems management at Purdue University found his internship experiences paid off big time in the real world.

When Tyler Nannet was choosing where to work after his internships, he used the same method for choosing where he would attend college.

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Impressive scene: Tyler Nannet poses outside the John Deere Museum in Moline, Illinois during his internship with Deere.

"I grew up in a really large town with a large high school," Nannet said. "My graduating class was close to 1,000. So when I was choosing schools it was small schools or large schools. I chose Purdue because it's a large school so I was used to it. But it's a large school you can make small. I think that's what you can do with large companies. It's a large company but you can make it small with the people you work with, within the office."

Internships are becoming increasingly important to students looking to acquire professional experience, and often, permanent employment with companies. They're a lot like what used to be called apprenticeships many years ago.

Nannet has had three internships while at Purdue and says he has learned something from all three of them. His first internship was with Wright Implement Co. Inc. in Williamsport, Ind. It's a mid-sized equipment dealership. He worked there after his freshman year.

Later he progressed to interning with both CNH Industrial in New Holland, Pa., and Deere & Company in Olathe, Kan., two large equipment manufacturing companies.

Nannet was planning on returning to Illinois to work after his freshman year but came upon opportunity after opportunity at Purdue, which led him to his three internships.

"I just think it's funny that every internship I've gotten never was in the plan," Nannet said.

Having a small internship to start with was something Nannet said he needed to obtain his larger internships. Each internship built on one another to help him find his last internship at John Deere.

"The first year I talked to John Deere was a train wreck. I name dropped immediately, couldn't keep a conversation and I just wasn't ready for them. But then after getting the big company feel at Case, they were less intimidating. I walked up, got an interview the next day, got a second interview, then I got offered a job," Nannet said.

Goley is a senior in Purdue University Ag Communications.

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