Published on Friday, September 05, 2014
Growing up on the family farm, I always knew I wanted to be a part of the agricultural industry. Couple this with my love for writing and it almost seems that the agricultural communication major was made just for me. Agriculture not only led me to my course of study, but also to one of the best universities in the nation—The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!).
Where has the time gone? It doesn't seem like all that long ago I started at
Beck's and had the opportunity to attend Ag Media Summit.
As students at OSU, we are challenged in our classes, organizations and jobs to not only further our social development, but our professional careers as well. It is because of this push that I attended The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Career Fair this past fall.
If you would have asked me back then if I would be living in another state working for a seed company, I probably would have just smiled, and said ‘who knows’. A marketing internship with Beck’s was definitely not on my radar as I walked through the doors of the career fair with my suit jacket on and portfolio in hand.
An email sent the night before prompted me to stop by the Beck’s booth. I figured if this company was kind enough to invite me to visit with them, I owed them the same in return.
I was not only impressed by the diversity Beck’s offered to students, but also the manner in which they did so. I wasn’t just a resume and suit to Beck’s that day and I left praying that someone would give me a call.
Fast forward almost a year later and I am wrapping up my summer responsibilities at Beck’s main office in Atlanta, Indiana. This was the first summer that I experienced working in an office. Each day I arrived by 7:30 a.m. and didn’t leave until 5:00 p.m. or late each night.
I enjoyed having a schedule, but most of all, I enjoyed my job. When people ask what I did this summer, it’s hard to wrap-up my experience in just a sentence or two-- because in Beck’s marketing department, we do a little bit of everything.
And by everything, I mean photo-ops too!
My responsibilities ranged from helping create content for monthly newsletters, social media posts, and advertising materials to developing a press release and gathering customer testimonials. A major project and one I truly enjoyed was my weekly Intern Avenue post on the Beck’s Blog. This blog serves as a journal for my summer spent with Beck’s.
In today’s professional world, internships are a must have experience for any college student, no matter their major or interests. But I feel especially lucky for the opportunity to work in Beck’s marketing department. I not only gained exceptional field experience, but found out what it means to be a part of a family-owned company.
There was never a day I didn’t walk into the office and wasn’t greeted by someone with a smile or a ‘good morning’. There’s something to be said for this kind of atmosphere. Doing the right thing is just an expectation at Beck’s and one that will forever go with me throughout my life.
I not only learned a lot this summer, but made some lasting friendships along the way!
Most importantly, I learned that sometimes life is not always about taking the road most traveled, but building your own path along the way. With that being said, I am so happy to share that my role with Beck’s will continue as I'll be working part-time while attending school. This means that not only will I continue to work for Beck’s, but I will also continue my Intern Avenue blog posts.
Thanks to both the Beck Family and the Beck’s family of employees who have touched my heart this summer and made it possible for college students like myself to not only better themselves, but also the future of agriculture.
Author: Meghan Bennett
Categories: Intern Avenue
Tags: intern avenue, Life Lessons, Intern Reflections
Marketing Associate Intern at Beck’s Hybrids, Student at The Ohio State University, Small town girl from Southwest Ohio, AGvocate, Lover of Livestock.
9/5/2014 8:27 PM
You problemly meet some people I know that work there. David & Becky Benefiel & children Lesley & Blake , I took care of Lesley & Blake when they were growing up. Janelle Bohlander's little girl comes to my daycare and Jan Henderson I had her grand daughters in my daycare. Wish you all the luck in the future!!!!!
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