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 Nick Pease, who worked in our Endless Mountains branch with both the credit and appraisal staff in 2006.
What have you been up to since your internship?
My internship was between my sophomore and junior year at Penn State. I then had an opportunity to intern with Fort Dodge Animal Health the summer of 2007 to get some sales experience. In September 2007 I received a call from Bobby Jones letting me know the staff appraiser in the Susquehanna Valley branch had left. They were looking for a replacement and were wondering if I would come to Lewisburg for an interview. I graduated early in December 2007 and started with AgChoice on 1/1/2008 in Susquehanna Valley. If it was not for my internship in 2006, I would have never received the call from Bobby for that interview.
What was the most beneficial aspect or most important thing you learned during your internship?
Growing up on a dairy farm in Susquehanna County allowed me to develop a strong work ethic but I had never worked off the farm. The internship allowed me to better understand the employment world and what it is like to work for a company. Working as a team to reach an overall goal was very apparent back in 2006 and is still a common thread within AgChoice.
What did you take away from your intern days?
As an intern, my main objective was to learn and help set myself up for the future. Through both my internships I learned that network contacts are very important and to take the time to work with everyone you could within the organizations. Working with Bobby a little and leaving a positive impression during my internship put me in the position I am in today. So you never know what contacts/impressions you make today will impact your future.
One word to describe my internship experience:
Eye-opening. Working off the farm for the first time opened my mind to many different aspects of the agricultural industry. My life experiences revolved around the dairy segment of agriculture but working for AgChoice allowed me to see many operations while learning the appraisal and lending sector.
What advice do you have for young adults?
Take the opportunities to expand your horizons in various areas of your interests and get outside your comfort zone at times. Putting yourself in those positions allows you to grow as a student, employee, and person. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes by taking chances but take those mistakes and build your knowledge to help your career, business and people around you.
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