Internships Provide Valuable Experience in Dairy Industry

July 12, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – This summer, nearly 30 college students and recent graduates are gaining valuable professional experience as interns for Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) at offices, manufacturing plants and labs throughout the country.

While learning more about the dairy industry, DFA interns are gaining experience in a variety of fields including communications, engineering, finance, marketing and public policy.

“DFA’s internship program provides a great deal of value to the Cooperative,” said Michael Lichte, director of dairy marketing. “Interns help with a variety of projects and assist with the Cooperative’s day-to-day activities. In return, DFA provides interns with valuable real-world experience that can not be replicated in a classroom. The program also helps recruit talented employees who are the future of the industry and DFA.”

The 2011 DFA summer interns, listed with their respective colleges and areas of study, include:

• Jacob Anderson, a senior studying supply chain management at University of Northern Iowa
• Chris Appleby, a graduate student studying agricultural and resource economics at Colorado State University
• Cameron Browne, a senior studying accounting and finance at University of Iowa
• Katie Bruce, a senior studying mechanical engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology
• Marcus Bryant, a graduate student studying business administration at College of William and Mary Mason School of Business
• Matthew Condotta, a junior studying accounting at Texas Tech University
• Jessi Ertzner, a senior studying management and human resources at Park University
• Spencer Greene, a senior studying business administration and operations management at Kansas State University
• Sarah Hixson, a sophomore studying animal science at Northwest Missouri State University
• Cody Hohmann, a senior studying mechanical engineering technology at Youngstown State University
• Kelsey Holter, a senior studying agricultural communications at The Ohio State University
• Blake Kramer, a recent graduate with a degree in accounting from University of Kansas
• Maureen Leahy, a senior studying agribusiness at University of Wisconsin-Platteville
• Sarah Massucci, a senior studying management of information systems at Oklahoma State University
• Andrea Mitchell, a graduate student studying organizational communications at University of Akron
• Kendall Myhre, a senior studying agribusiness at University of Wisconsin-Platteville
• Sadie Nieblas, a senior studying agricultural business at California Polytechnical State University
• Kali Parrish, a junior studying agribusiness management at University of Missouri-Columbia
• Bradley Vasko, a sophomore studying architectural engineering at Pennsylvania State University
• Sarah Werner, a third-year student studying law at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

DFA internships are available each summer throughout the United States. For more information or to apply, e-mail or call 816-801-6628.