May 23, 2012 (FORT DODGE)
Contact: Laura Condon - firstname.lastname@example.org
This summer, NEW Cooperative continues its tradition of supporting area students by hiring four interns; three in agronomy and one in communications. Daniel Foth, Nick Kellner and Miriam (Merv) Free are 2012 Agronomy Interns, as well as past scholarship recipients, and Laura Condon fills the role as the Communications Intern.
Daniel Foth is back at NEW for his second summer as an agronomy intern. Daniel will be a senior at Iowa State University majoring in Agronomy. He will be working primarily in the western portion of NEW’s territory. Daniel is excited to be back working this summer, and when asked why he wanted to return to NEW, his response was, “I really enjoyed my experience last summer, and I learned a lot. I am looking forward to continuing to gain experience and knowledge within a cooperative.”
Nick Kellner, son of Dean and Liz Kellner of Livermore, is a junior at Iowa State University majoring in Agronomy. Nick is excited to join the NEW team for the summer. Nick’s response to what he is looking forward to within his internship was, “To build my knowledge in agronomy and see how everything works within a cooperative.” Nick will be working mainly in Region 1, as well as in the Bode location.
Miriam (Merv) Free, of Breda, is the son of Karen Free and Jerry Sturm. He is sophomore, studying Agronomy at Iowa State University. He explains why he is excited about his internship by saying, “It seemed like it would be an incredible learning experience. I am familiar with NEW, having an uncle who also works for the cooperative, so it seemed like the right choice.” Merv will be working in Region 4 this summer.
Laura Condon, of Barnum, is the daughter of Tom and Jane Condon. I am a senior majoring in Agriculture Studies with a communications emphasis at Iowa State University. I was lucky enough to be chosen as the communications intern in the summer of 2010, and more than excited to come back for a second internship this summer. I have witnessed firsthand as a scholarship recipient, and then an intern, how NEW Cooperative places a special emphasis on youth within its service area. They want to see us succeed and gain the experience we need to be successful in our futures.
Internships, especially within the agriculture sector, are becoming more important for students and future employers alike. Employers want to not only see a degree, but work experience as well. There is no better way to gain that work experience then through internships in agriculture. NEW understands this, and has built an internship program that they take pride in. The internship program at NEW is unique in the fact that every year there may be different types of interns working within the cooperative. Agronomy interns are normally hired each year, but there have also been opportunities for accounting, feeds, MAPS and communications interns depending on the year and what is needed. I appreciate the opportunity I have been given this summer, and I wish my fellow NEW interns the best of luck.
About NEW Cooperative:
NEW Cooperative is a farmer owned grain, agronomy and feed cooperative headquartered in Fort Dodge, Iowa. As a leading Midwest agriculture retailer, NEW Cooperative exists to be an innovative and efficient provider of today's agriculture markets and services to over 2,600 members through their 21 locations in Iowa.