While many organizations are putting their summer internship programs on hold, GROWMARK continues its legacy program that just celebrated 60 years. This year though, the program will primarily operate virtually in an effort to keep interns and employees safe.
Thirty college students are exploring agricultural career opportunities this summer as GROWMARK Interns. They are working at FS member cooperatives in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Ontario, Canada; as well as the GROWMARK corporate office in Bloomington, IL, and GROWMARK FS in the northeast.
The interns are exposed to accounting, marketing, and product and service-related activities. Each intern will complete a business-related project and deliver a presentation on their project at the conclusion of their internships.
“We are excited for the 61st year of the GROWMARK internship program,” said Kayla Portwood, GROWMARK Member & Student Recruiting Manager. “The program continues to be a key component in identifying and retaining top talent for the System. Students engage with industry professionals on important projects and have the opportunity to clarify career goals, while we get exposed to some of the most talented students.”
The GROWMARK internship program began in 1959 with three interns. Since then, more than 1,300 students have been involved in the program.
Wisconsin students include:
University of Wisconsin – Platteville
• Hailey Krutzik, Insight FS
• Jake Steffes, Insight FS
• Meg Tessendorf, Stephenson Service Co.
• Same Brownlee, West Central FS
• Justin Fox, Insight FS