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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 Gina Moshier, who worked with our Seven Mountains and Coudersport branch teams in 2003.

What have you been up to since your internship?

After spending my summer internship with the AgChoice team, I knew this was a place I wanted to stay. I graduated from PSU in December 2003 and rejoined AgChoice January 2004 as a credit analyst in the Coudersport office. The role of credit analyst was new at the time, and working in a small office gave me a great opportunity to learn many functions at AgChoice beyond the analyst role. It also helped me build my internal network with other team members.

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

As part of my internship, I loved having the opportunity to actively contribute and feel like I was providing value to my AgChoice teammates.  I was able to go on field visits with lenders and appraisers, attend auctions, take applications, analyze credit, and really immerse in the realities of the different jobs.  I was very impressed with how welcoming everyone was and how they were vested in helping me learn. I also made it through the locally infamous Coudersport tornado of 2003. The basement of the office proved to be a safe hiding spot, and our regional manager, Bobby Jones came in the next day with a generator he borrowed from a neighbor so we could open back up.

What did you take away from your intern days?

I found my love for agriculture at Penn State through the College of Ag, but was never sure how I wanted to apply it.  Previously, I interned through PDMP and then continued to work on a local dairy farm.  I loved this experience, but wasn’t sure production ag was where I wanted to be in the long term.  When I joined AgChoice, I found an instant connection to the work we do and the members we serve.  I had the opportunity to connect with so many different staff members and customers in a few short months, and I knew it was where I wanted to start my career. 

What advice do you have for young adults?

Use your college years as a time to experiment, try new things, fail fast, and try again. I realized I could take as many classes as I wanted at PSU for the same amount of tuition. I took care of my gen ed classes, and filled my time with courses from other departments I found interesting. This is how I found the College of Ag and latched on to agriculture as a major and, as it turns out, a career. It’s a great time to try to find work and learn more about what you like, what you don’t, and how you want to grow.  Majors change, jobs come and go, but take advantage of as many opportunities as you can to find where you want to land. You’ll likely spend 25% or more of your time at work, and it’s great to find a place where you can work hard at something you find meaningful and with people you enjoy!

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