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22 Years of AgChoice Interns: Where Are They Now?

As we prepare to welcome a new group of interns to our team this summer, we are celebrating National Internship Awareness Month. Let’s catch up with a few former interns who joined us as staff members after graduation. They will share their experiences on their path from intern to employee. Introducing Raechel Sattazahn, who worked with our marketing team in 2005.

What have you been up to since your internship?

After graduating from Penn State, I initially worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. However, when a position in marketing opened at AgChoice, I jumped at the opportunity, and I’ve been with AgChoice ever since. I worked in the marketing department for about five years until I transitioned to the Knowledge Center, which is now my area of focus. I manage AgChoice’s customer education efforts, programs for young, beginning and small farmers and serve as AgChoice’s legislative and industry relations liaison.

What was the most beneficial aspect or most important thing you learned during your internship?

After graduating from Penn State, I initially worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. However, when a position in marketing opened at AgChoice, I jumped at the opportunity, and I’ve been with AgChoice ever since. I worked in the marketing department for about five years until I transitioned to the Knowledge Center which is now my area of focus. I manage AgChoice’s customer education efforts, programs for young, beginning and small farmers and also serve as AgChoice’s legislative and industry relations liaison.

Tell us about your favorite AgChoice internship project.

During my internship, I worked on a project focused on young, beginning and small farmers. I conducted interviews with farmers to learn about their needs and how AgChoice could better serve them. Fast-forward to today, and that is now one of the core aspects of my job! It’s funny how everything comes full-circle.

What did you take away from your intern days?

The importance of relationships. I maintained contact with several AgChoice employees following my internship, and those connections were beneficial to helping me secure a job at AgChoice and being successful in my role.

One word to describe my internship experience:

Meaningful

What advice do you have for young adults?

Step out of your comfort zone, build relationships and follow your passion. Look for an employer who invests in your growth and personal development. I’m grateful to AgChoice for the experiences I’ve had over the years, both during my summer internship as well as my 13-year career. 

Raechel Sattazhn with the 2005 interns. 

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