The “I” Word… Internship

This past month has been all about finishing up my schoolwork for the semester, doing my part to complete tasks for my organizations that I’m involved in, making sure my work is getting done for caseboth my jobs and preparing for an internship in Pennsylvania. That’s right, I said Pennsylvania; New Holland, Pennsylvania to be exact. I have been offered the position of Commercial Service Intern by Case IH Agriculture. This is my first internship, and I am really excited to be able to work on the east coast for three months. I mapped it out, and living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania puts me three hours from numerous tourist attractions and family: New York City, Canada, the beach, and my brother who lives in Brandywine, Maryland. I will be attending “Hay School” where I will learn about hay production and the machinery that it takes to efficiently produce quality hay. case tractorOnce that is finished I will be training employees on how to run the machinery that I learned to use. Without the traditional production agriculture background, I will be a bit behind, but I will make sure to put forth as much effort as it requires to perform my job at a high standard. This internship is a great opportunity and I am very blessed and thankful to have it. Working for a great company such as Case IH will open many doors within my career field and provide experience that I would not have otherwise gotten. Thank you, Case IH for providing me with this position and the good things that come with it.

Look for more posts and follow me as I blog through my summer internship with Case IH Agriculture!!

 

Photos courtesy of: Google Images and Case IH Agriculture

The Blasted 7 Pin!

This week I’d like to talk about the experiences that I’ve had as a manager at the Level 1 Game Center at the Plaster Student Union on campus. I will admit that this experience started out a little rocky, and I didn’t perform at my best. Eventually I learned that the things that were holding me back were my lack of confidence in employee relations as well as the intimidation that the position brought. The manager is responsible not only for filling out necessary paperwork for the game center, but also disciplining employees, scheduling and working with higher management in team meetings. When I started at this position, I had high expectations of myself to be perfect.

The Level 1 Game Center from behind the lanes

The Level 1 Game Center from behind the lanes

As time went on, I saw that I was not performing at the standard I knew I could. If you were to compare me to a game of bowling, I would be leaving the seven pin, the impossible pin, at the end of every throw. I was letting things like being the youngest employee at the entire establishment and my inexperience in discipline getting in my way. Christmas break came and went, and after that it finally began to click. I became confident in my abilities, was asked to perform more management tasks, and now I am using the skills I have learned in my public relations class to create a marketing plan for this business. I could finally say that I hit that blasted seven pin at least on one throw, I was starting to get it.

This experience ties back to my agricultural communications degree program because that is what I hope to be doing when I graduate from college; organizational communication and public relations for agriculture companies. I know that having managerial skills and the will to persevere through the rough patch I had in the beginning will increase my marketability in the future for the career that I have decided to pursue.