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Summer Internship Program Highly Recommended by Past Interns

9/26/2018

The internship program is undoubtedly a highlight of the summer at MKC. Each year, MKC selects college students to experience industry tours, complete a summer project and work alongside a mentor during their summer months away from school. The program works to build the professional and technical skills of the interns as they work to fulfill projects and duties set by their mentors.
 
This year, 16 students spent their summer as an MKC intern. Interns were employed in ten areas including; agronomy and grain operations, agronomy sales and scouting, energy, feed sales, precision agronomy, information technology, accounting and grain marketing for Team Marketing Alliance.
 
MKC Coordinator of Talent and Industry Partnerships Hilary Worcester says MKC works diligently to provide a high-quality internship experience for students. “The goal is to strengthen the technical and professional abilities of each intern and develop quality employees, as some of them will be the future of MKC,” Worcester said.
 
This summer, Worcester asked the intern group to evaluate their experience in the program. All of the interns stated they would recommend an MKC internship to their friends.
 
Zoe Woolsoncroft, feed sales intern for MKC would recommend the program to other students. “They give you real-world experience and allow you to participate in events that help you learn. MKC has a great intern program set up, and I think it would be beneficial for any college student to experience an internship like this,” Woolsoncroft said.
 
Mentors are selected based on their field and company leadership. Each intern is assigned a mentor that is an expert in their area of work. Having an experienced professional work side-by-side with MKC interns ensures the intern will be able to tailor the internship to their interests and needs while adding value to MKC.
 
“The intern at Benton did a fantastic job of absorbing his surroundings and functioning as a team member,” says Spencer Reames, senior location manager and grain operations intern mentor. “Multiple customers commented on his willingness to help.”
 
Energy Sales Manager Rick Limon mentored the first-ever energy department intern. Limon says, “We were very successful in showing the intern how and why things are done, rather than just saying ‘this is what we do’. The energy department intern was able to see every piece of the puzzle and how it fits together.”
 
Interns also experience several industry tours and events throughout the summer. This year, interns attended Co-op 101 in Topeka, toured the Canton Terminal, Countryside Feeds, LLC, Kansas Ethanol, Kansas Wheat and packed meals at the Kansas FFA Convention in collaboration with Kansas FFA members. Tours explore areas of the cooperative an intern may not see daily. They provide insight into cooperative history, how an end-product is produced from grain and how innovation will affect the industry.
 
Summer projects are an important aspect of the MKC internship program. Interns take the lead on projects developed by company leadership to further the goals of MKC within the intern’s specialty. At the beginning of the summer, interns are presented with their summer project and work with their mentors to form a plan with specific goals to complete the project. At the end of the summer, interns show what they accomplished by presenting their project to MKC board members, company leadership and special guests.
 
 MKC is now accepting applications for the 2019 internship program. Students interested in the program can apply at www.mkcoop.com/careers.
 


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