Hometown: Pickett, WI
Agricultural Engineering Technology major
Midwest Field Service Intern
New Holland Agriculture
I grew up on a farm in Pickett, WI and have a mechanical background making repairs to machinery. The beginning of my junior year I began searching for internships and applied online to Case New Holland (CNH) to one of their general internships. I wasn't sure what was included in the internship at first, but about a month later the CNH college recruiter contacted me and asked about my experience and if I wanted to travel. I was then offered the position of Midwest Field Service Intern. Ironically my supervisor in Racine also graduated from the department so that was nice to relate too.
I began in May and was based out of Ames, IA. I then began traveling the country and after a few weeks they lined me up with a company vehicle that I used for the rest of my internship. I attended a lot of farm shows and corporate dealer training events where I managed field demonstrations and taught on the new release of our New Holland Rollbelt 560 Round Baler.
My special project included the management of seven New Holland 340 Large Square Balers for cellulosic ethanol in Iowa from September through November. This was a great experience as I learned how a knotter system and a large square baler worked as well as troubleshooting and making repairs.
I recommend an internship to everyone because they take you out of your comfort zone and introduce you to new obstacles. I put 26,000 miles on my company truck in the six months that I had it. The pay was great and all my expenses were paid when I was on the road. Even though wasn't sure I would enjoy the travel, I truly enjoyed my internship and really had a great time traveling to new places and learning how agriculture differs across the country. I also met a lot of people that I still communicate with on a regular basis and will help find a job down the road.