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Internship Deepens Understanding of Ag Industry


Organization: ProAg

Position: Business Operations Intern

University: Kansas State University

Major: Agricultural Economics

Expected Graduation: May 2020

Q: How were you connected to this opportunity?

A: I connected with ProAg through K-State’s Career Center website. I applied for this internship because the job description listed an opportunity to work in a variety of positions and really learn the ins and outs of the company.

Q: Tell us about your internship responsibilities this summer.

A: I am working in many different departments of ProAg, including licensing, underwriting and claims processing. I also work with adjusters and account representatives in the field, as well as work on several special projects. So far, the best part has been going out with an account representative and working with agents. I have been able to travel all over Kansas to meet different agents and learn what their business looks like in their area.

Q: What’s one thing you’ve learned in your internship?

A: I’ve learned just how intricate the world of crop production can be! I grew up experiencing agriculture in many forms, but I didn’t have much experience around large-scale crop production.  I have really come to appreciate the amount of effort put in by many people to manage the various forms of risk.

Q: How has your AFA leader development experience helped you in this role?

A: While this is my first internship, I never felt like I was unprepared. I think this is due to the fact I have gained so much professional experience through AFA. AFA has offered me opportunities to build my communication and problem-solving skills, all of which I use daily, whether in the office or out in the field.

Q: What advice do you have for students who are interested in an internship similar to this one?

A: Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions! All the answers add up and offer a richer understanding of how the agricultural industry functions. I have learned so much about crop production, risk management, government policy, finance and more, which has undoubtedly helped me become a more well-rounded student and employee. Take every opportunity to learn as much as you can and never stop learning something new.

Source: Agriculture Future of America

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