Beck's, the largest family-owned retail seed company in the United States, offers an immersive summer internship program by providing college students with unique opportunities and an impactful experience.
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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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While being an intern for Beck’s can mean many things, they all have one thing in common – you are fully integrated into the company and tackling real-world work assignments. This year, there are 23 interns, working in five departments, and spread out amongst six states and five locations. In celebration of #NationalInternDay yesterday, I only saw it fit that I took time to highlight what some of my fellow interns are up to this summer and share their thoughts surrounding their experiences.
My favorite quote is, “we rise by lifting others” by Robert Ingersoll. Lifting others can mean a variety of things, like being a positive, encouraging presence in another person’s life. Or perhaps it’s sharing knowledge with someone or enriching their life in some way. Maybe it’s helping someone become a better version of themselves.
I grew up in a super small town. It’s actually not even considered a town because of its size, it’s really a village. It has one school, with K-12 all in one building, no stoplight and if you blinked while driving down Interstate 75, you would probably miss it. And while I’m used to finding something to do in my small hometown, I’m not so used to change. So when I found out I would be moving to Atlanta, IN, a town of 738 people that’s just over half the size of my hometown, I was little nervous.
Recently, I was able to journey back to Ohio and spend a few days with my teammates on The Ohio State University’s livestock judging team hosting campers at our annual livestock judging camp. To say it was a fun-filled few days would certainly be true, but it was so much more than that.
A few years ago, I can remember aimlessly scrolling through Facebook one day when I happened to notice a post that seemed a little different than others. Here was a post that was sharing a farmer’s story, something I hadn’t really seen before. After diving in a little deeper, I realized the core purpose of this page was to share the story of agriculture.
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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“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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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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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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Hi, I’m Marissa, the summer marketing intern at Beck’s. I guess you could call me the “black sheep” of this year’s intern class. Growing up in Fort Wayne, IN, I lived in a suburban neighborhood the majority of life. My mom worked in the healthcare field and my dad owned his own business. I never participated in any 4-H activities and honestly, I didn’t even know what FFA was until my senior year of high school. Cream and crimson runs through my blood (there’s a lot of black and gold alumni) and I can vividly remember growing up wearing my IU cheerleading uniform and rooting for Indiana basketball. I received my acceptance letter to IU in the fall of my senior year to pursue a degree in business and I never looked back.
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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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