Hometown: Goodhue, MN
Agricultural Engineering Technology major
Crop and Soil Scout Intern
WinField Solutions - Ag Partners
During my first year at UWRF, I was well aware of the importance of getting an internship in order to receive hands-on experience and to add real-world experience to my resume. After talking to a few peers, I found a company offering an internship right in my hometown which was great since I wanted to stay close to home. So I then began as a Crop and Soil Scout Intern at WinField Solutions® for the summer.
As an intern, I was in charge of taking weekly tissue samples of crops, extracting soil samples from fields, scouting for hay bugs, and scouting for soybean aphids. Doing all these tasks kept me quite busy but at the same time provided a challenging and beneficial work experience. I was responsible for talking with local farmers about the weekly tests I was conducting on their field and that provided me with ample professional customer interaction experience throughout my internship. Skills like that are important for a real career in the future.
The special project concluding my internship involved all the data I gathered during the summer. Upon harvesting, I put all the data from the corn tissue samples into a PowerPoint presentation graph, showing the field stats of farmers throughout the growing season. The information will be presented at the Advanced Yield Systems (AYS) meeting in the winter, which I will be attending.
I fully recommend an internship to all students at UWRF. This internship helped to enhance many of my skills in business through the hands-on and real-world situations I experienced. Some things cannot be taught from reading a book or listening in class, and an internship is an excellent way to provide that extra learning.