Fifteen community college students are taking part in GROWMARK's spring Exploring Agriculture Internship program. The students are spending 10 weeks working at FS member cooperatives in Illinois and Iowa.
The interns are exposed firsthand to the inner workings of retail energy and agribusinesses to help them evaluate future career aspirations. The students will be operating field research and crop monitoring equipment and technology for scouting, assisting with facility and equipment maintenance and repair, and building professional relationships with FS personnel and customers while learning the different products and services they offer.
"The Exploring Agriculture Intern program was developed to help build relationships between students and faculty at the two-year community college and technical school level and our FS member companies," said Kayla Portwood, GROWMARK university relations manager. "We are striving to provide students with hands-on experiences, allowing them to gain a strong understanding of the GROWMARK System and the agriculture industry," she added.
The interns, serving FS companies in the GROWMARK System, come from:
Black Hawk Community College
Ellsworth Community College
Hawkeye Community College
Kaskaskia Community College
Kirkwood Community College
Lake Land Community College
North Iowa Area Community College
Wabash Valley Community College