The Internship

By Office of Agricultural Communications and Marketing

male standing next to a bank sign Agricultural business and economics senior Matthew Brady interned with Farmers and Merchants Bank, where he worked closely with the bank manager and tellers to “learn the ins and outs of banking,” he says.

two men boarding an airlplane Trevor Lee, right, a junior in poultry science, spent his summer with Pilgrim’s Pride Chicken, where he worked with Jayson Penn, executive vice president of sales and operations.

male standing next to sign in field Will Howard Wendland, a junior in agronomy and soils, spent his summer interning with Pioneer Seed as an assistant to the regional representative for central and south Alabama and northwest Florida.

Ellie Isbell Agricultural communications junior Ellie Isbell spent her summer with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Colbert County Extension Office as a communicator.

two girls standing next to river Environmental science senior Ashley Kinsey, right, was a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates intern at at Oklahoma State University, where she studied the characterization and analysis of a constructed riparian wetland.

ABOVE Caleb Hicks, left, a senior in agricultural communications, interned for the Alabama Farmers Federation’s soybean and wheat and feed grains divisions over the summer. “My work included writing, photography, social media and gathering information for future promotions for both divisions,” he says. “I enjoyed every minute of my internship with the federation and met so many great folks in the farming industry.”

Summertime isn’t always vacation time for students at Auburn University. It’s also a time to get a jump on a career by getting their hands dirty with firsthand professional experience. Each summer, students in the College of Agriculture intern with companies and organizations across the U.S. and beyond. Here are a few examples of where some students in the college interned over the summer.


Internships add real-world value to students’ educational experiences and give employers opportunities to “try out” future employees, efficiently increase productivity and bring fresh perspectives to their businesses. Employers interested in establishing a student internship program with the College of Agriculture can contact Megan Ross, Student Services coordinator, at 334-844-3201 or

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