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3/2/2018 4:21:31 PM

Each semester brings new students and projects to the Collegiate Career Development program.  Industry partners sponsoring intern projects this spring include MKC, CoBank, DowDupont, WinField United and Purina. Working on projects with their industry partners allows the interns to develop deeper attachments to that company and simultaneously build professional skills they need as they enter their summer internship or entry-level professional role in May. This semester the interns are:
Garrett Higgins, a senior majoring in agriculture economics with a minor in finance, joins the CCD program as a TMA grain merchandiser. He looks forward to working in the CCD program to better prepare him for his professional career as well as work towards personal goals.

Mikey Hughes, a sophomore majoring in agricultural communications and journalism with a minor in agronomy, joins the CCD program as an MKC communications intern. She is excited about growing and developing her professional skills with the CCD and learning more about MKC. Mikey looks forward to establishing relationships with professionals across the cooperative footprint.

Kandace Griffin, a senior majoring in animal science, marketing and communication option with minors in leadership studies and agribusiness, continues in the CCD program as an MKC communications intern. She looks forward to networking with industry professionals and expanding her knowledge before she enters her professional career.

Keren Duerksen, a junior majoring in agronomy with a minor in international agriculture, continues in the CCD program as a WinField United sales intern. She is excited to be emerged in the WinField United atmosphere outside of her summer internship. The summertime can be hectic and focused primarily on harvest, Keren hopes the CCD program will provide her with a broad perspective of the company and agriculture industry.

Kaylin Fink, a junior majoring in agronomy with a minor in agribusiness, joins the CCD program as a DowDupont sales intern. Kaylin looks forward to networking with others in the CCD program and developing her personal and professional goals.

8H0A4585.jpgInterns’ projects for the spring semester includes a silage market analysis for beef cattle in Kansas, utilizing a field forecasting tool, content generation for social media, videos, internal and external communication and updating a decision support tool for grain production and storage availability in Kansas.

In addition to working on projects, the interns have engaged in many personal development activities such as setting semester and personal goals and learning how their communication style can impact people around them. They will also develop skills in leading brainstorming sessions, designing and executing a meeting agenda, improving presentation skills and discussing the impact of global agriculture policy at the local level.

Learn more about the CCD program at and experience the CCD Program by watching a series of videos on our YouTube channel by clicking here!