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Oct

2019

Intern Avenue: I Wasn’t Raised in Agriculture

Author: Laine McGee

The decision I made to take a leap of faith and change my major opened so many doors for me, and I never knew how passionate I would come to be towards the world of agriculture. It took me a long time to find my place and be okay with not being a kid who grew up in agriculture at a majority ag college, but I would say stepping out of my comfort zone would be the best decision I made throughout my entire college career.

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Jul

2017

Intern Avenue

Here's to the Farmer

Last week, I had the opportunity to help with Beck’s PFR University. For those of you that don’t know, PFR University is a unique opportunity for farmers to visit Beck’s headquarters and spend two days learning and gaining additional PFR insights on new products and practices that they can then implement on their own farms.

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Jul

2017

Intern Avenue

Investing in Others: Beck's Professional Development Workshop

“Keeping and maintaining relationships is one of the most important things you can do in your career.”

Those are the words of Beck’s CEO, Sonny Beck. After last week, I would say that everyone in the 2017 intern class had the opportunity to connect and create relationships at the Intern Professional Development Workshop.

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Jun

2017

Intern Avenue

Home Sweet Home

They say time flies when you are having fun! I can’t believe how fast this summer has been going. Today I complete my sixth week interning at Beck’s, and I only have seven weeks left. Almost half way done…yikes! Before I know it I will be hitting the library and books for one last semester in Bloomington.

As I reflect back on the past few weeks, I realize how comfortable I’ve become here at Beck’s. Atlanta is starting to feel more and more like home, and I can honestly say it’s because of the people I work with.

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8

Jun

2017

Intern Avenue

The Power of Asking Questions

At the end of the semester, my professor sent out a summer reading list of books that he believes that every young professional needs to read. Now I know what you are thinking…it sounds horrible right? Who wants to read a bunch of nonfiction business books over summer vacation? Trust me, I would much rather be catching up by Nicholas Sparks, or curdled up at the lake with People magazine. But, as I have finished a few of the books, I have found them all to be insightful and relatable, especially during my internship at Beck’s.

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May

2017

Ag Education

Why Interns?

It’s common knowledge that when one interviews for a full-time position, an internship with a reputable company is seen as an asset. An internship experience is valuable because it means that someone else has taken the time to show them the ropes. Someone else in the business community has coached this person to show up on time, take direction, work as a member of a team, follow through, and stay on task. With a foundation like that, we can dive right into how Beck’s does business and their role on their first day as a full time employee.

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5

Aug

2016

Intern Avenue

Experiencing a Sales Internship

Author: Celina Young

When many people think of an internship in agriculture, they probably think of sales. At Beck’s, these interns have the opportunity to travel the Midwest and learn a wide variety of skills while working in the field. This week, I reached out to a few of our sales interns to tell me about some of the exciting things that they get to do on a daily basis.

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Jul

2016

Intern Avenue

My Interview with Sonny Beck

Author: Celina Young

A few weeks ago, I had the unique opportunity to have a conversation with Sonny Beck, CEO of Beck’s. Going into this meeting, my goal was to uncover what it was about this company’s leadership that has allowed Beck’s to help farmers succeed for almost 80 years. I could not have prepared myself for the direction the conversation would go. Sonny shared various stories about his role in the company over the years, as well as passing along some inspiration and words of wisdom. Now, I’d like to pass that advice along to you.

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8

Jul

2016

Intern Avenue

The Life of a Beck’s Research Intern

Author: Celina Young

This summer, ten college students from the across the Beck’s marketing area have joined the team as research interns. Divided between four Beck’s locations from Indiana to Iowa, they are gaining experience while learning in a hands-on environment. From planting test plots to collecting real data in the field, each intern has a unique experience to share. Today, we’ll catch up with four of these individuals as they progress through their internships.

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Jul

2016

Intern Avenue

Life Lessons and Personal Development

Author: Celina Young

“Having a project and opportunities for personal development are what makes an internship different from summer work.” Those are the words of Beck’s intern coordinator, Samantha Miller.

After last week, I would say that mission is accomplished! For two days, Beck’s 30 summer interns came together in Atlanta, Indiana for a chance to network and improve ourselves through various sessions. 

The event was packed full with a wide variety of opportunities, from assessing how we work with others, to a Q&A with Beck’s President and CEO. This is just one of the many ways that Beck’s invests in their interns. I learned a lot in this time, but I wanted to share some of my key takeaways with you.

 

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Jun

2016

Intern Avenue

Agriculture is a Family Affair

Author: Celina Young

Family is a huge part of the company culture here at Beck’s. We pride ourselves on being family owned, faith based, and farmer focused. I have been fortunate to be part of the Beck’s family this summer, but after over a month here, I was happy to go home and see my own family this weekend. As I traversed through Iowa, visiting cousins and grandparents, I began to notice something. From seeing the family farm, to tractor rides across the state, I realized how much my family’s agricultural background is a part of who we are.

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9

Jun

2016

Intern Avenue

Playing Production Intern for a Day

Author: Celina Young

Being a Beck’s Production Intern is far more than just scouting fields. I found this out for myself when I had a chance to tag along with Kaitlin and Brandt, two of this year’s interns, earlier this week. In just a few short hours, I got an up-close look at Beck’s Production Agronomy Department.

 

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3

Jun

2016

Intern Avenue

Just a City Girl, Living in…Indiana.

Author: Celina Young

My hometown is not exactly a city, but with a population of over 10,000 people, I can’t really call myself a “small town girl” either. I’ve only ever lived three places in my life. Before we moved to my hometown of Waverly, Iowa, we lived 20 minutes to the south in Waterloo (which really is a city), and as a student at Iowa State University, I live in the bustling college town of Ames. Now I find myself somewhere completely new.

Having never lived outside of Iowa, moving eight hours away from home to intern for Beck’s has been a little scary. Now that I have lived in Indiana for about a month, I have made a few observations. 

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May

2016

Intern Avenue

Top 5 Tips for Succeeding in the First Week of Your Internship

Author: Celina Young

Just a few days ago, I showed up to Beck’s headquarters, having mixed feelings about the first day of my summer internship. As excited as I was to be part of this family, I couldn’t help but be apprehensive. I had only ever lived in Iowa, so spending the next three months eight hours away from everything I am familiar with was a bit intimidating. 

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Jul

2015

Intern Avenue

Adrenaline and Professional Development

Zoom! Zoom! Zoooooooom! The go-carts flew past us as we cheered them on through each turn. A new wave of adrenaline hit each time the leader sped by, the rush of air cooling my sweaty face. Once the checkered flag of the final race waved, winners were awarded their trophies, and it was time to hit the hay. We’d had a full day. More activities filled the agenda for the next.

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Jun

2015

Intern Avenue

Who I Am: A Father's Day Tribute

I was meandering through unfamiliar Indiana back roads when Jessica Andrews’ hit, Who I Am came blaring through my speakers. Between missing Iowa a tinge and being in a thoughtful mood, I couldn’t help but change the words to fit my story.

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May

2015

Intern Avenue

First Impressions of the Beck's Experience

As students, the importance of first impressions is drilled in our heads all through school. Dozens of seminar sessions teach us, “dress professionally, watch your social media, and offer a firm handshake.” With pad folios in our sweaty palms and hearts filled with high hopes of scoring an internship, we attend networking luncheons and industry conferences.

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10

Dec

2014

Intern Avenue

The Top Five Reasons Why Christmas Is Even Better as a College Student

I have always been enamored with the Christmas season. As a child, I was enchanted by the stories of watchful elves, dancing nutcrackers, and flying sleighs. As an adult, I still find myself charmed by these stories, but even more so, charmed by the ambiance of this season. Christmas in college is much different than Christmas as a kid, but in some very special, wonderful ways. Read below as a give my Top Five Reasons Why Christmas Is Even Better as a College Student.

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Nov

2014

Intern Avenue

Agriculture Future of America

"Wake up in the morning and say 'Good morning, God' Instead of 'Good God, morning' & your day will go better." These words struck me as soon as Orion Samuelson, long-time host of the U.S. Farm Report, said them. Sometimes, all you need is a bit of perspective, and for me, it comes in the form of the annual Agriculture Future of America Conference.

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Oct

2014

Intern Avenue

More Than Miles

The “gypsy life” is a lifestyle that I am beginning to understand very well. This week, I found myself making several trips between school, home, and the beautiful back roads of Indiana. While on the road, I was lucky enough to have a special copilot with me—my grandfather, Gary.

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