My internship at NEW Cooperative has officially come to a close. I finished up my internship on August 8. My internship was everything that I hoped it would be!

I am thankful I chose Iowa State University because they have gave me the opportunity to pursue an internship. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences offer, gives their students numerous opportunities with a large number of companies throughout the United States.

I think that I grew as a person throughout my internship. I was able to document my improvements and what I was able to work on throughout the 12 weeks at NEW Cooperative. With my degree in Agricultural Communications, the ability to communicate is prominent. However, through my internship I was still able to improve on my communication skills because of the high amount of communication throughout my position. I also was able to expand my initiative skills from before my internship. With any position it is important to be able to make decisions using correct judgment.

In my last column, I mentioned the annual company appreciation golf outings were coming up. These 3 outings were a blast and a way for me to meet more of NEW Cooperative’s members in a fun environment. The planning aspect went well and each golf outing went smoothly, which was important to me because I did a large part in organizing the events.

I also mentioned my recruitment video project, which turned out amazing! Employees, fellow interns and members loved the video. If you would like to check it out, it can be found on NEW Cooperative’s Facebook page.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my experience at NEW Cooperative. If you are ever able to participate in an internship, I highly suggest it. It is definitely an opportunity you will not regret!

Now I am focused on starting college on the 25th of August. I am going to miss summer but am eager to get started on my senior year of college! I will be taking classes focuses on agriculture journalism, advertising, public relations and beef cattle. Wish me luck!

Kayla Degner was born and raised in rural Lytton, IA on a diversified grain and livestock family farm. She graduated from Rockwell City-Lytton in May 2012 and currently attends Iowa State University studying Agricultural Communications. Her past involved many agriculture venues. Kayla has a strong interest in advocating to the youth involved in agriculture.

Contact her at kadegner@iastate.edu.