UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Ten Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2012 Internship Award winners. The award, which includes a $760 stipend, was established to encourage students to enroll in internship courses offered within the College of Agricultural Sciences.
"The Alumni Society recognizes the importance of on-the-job learning experiences to prepare undergraduates for today's competitive job market," said Naomi Knaub, the college's director of alumni relations. "By working as interns, students can establish networks of professional contacts and discover what areas of specialization appeal to them."
Internship Award winners are chosen on the basis of an internship plan, a final report, an employer evaluation and a letter of recommendation from the internship course supervisor. The winners are:
-- Austin S. Benner, an Agribusiness Management major from New Holland. Benner was a production management intern with Tyson Foods Inc. at the New Holland branch, where he was exposed to many facets of the poultry industry. A graduate of Lancaster Mennonite High School, he is the treasurer for the National Agri-Marketing Association and a student ministry leader in The Navigators.
-- Jeanette Blank, an Agricultural and Extension Education major from Middleburg. Blank was a 4-H summer assistant in youth development with Penn State Extension in Sunbury, where she planned a program for kids honoring 4-H's centennial. A graduate of Midd-West High School, she is president of Collegiate 4-H and treasurer for Christian Student Fellowship. She also is a Penn State Ag Advocate, co-chairwoman of Ag Day and a member of Coaly Society.
-- John T. Boston, an Agricultural Systems Management major from Warminster. Boston was a summer intern with Wenger's Feed Mill Inc. in Rheems. He worked with the manufacturing engineer and helped in the maintenance department to get a behind-the-scenes look at mill operations. A graduate of Archbishop Wood High School, he is a member of Theta Chi fraternity.
-- Sarah Dorward, an Animal Sciences major from Lehighton. Dorward was a summer intern with Braum's Dairy Farm in Tuttle, Okla. She worked in the bakery plant and on the farm in the calf facility, the intensive care barn and the milk barns. A graduate of Lehighton Area High School, she is an officer in the Dairy Science Club, Collegiate Cattlewomen, the Coaly Society and Delta Theta Sigma fraternity, and she works on campus in a dairy nutrition research lab.
-- Emily Ellis, a Food Science major from Pittsburgh. Ellis participated in a research and development co-op in the beverage department of Campbell's Soup Co. in Camden, N.J. She supported the V8 line, as well as other beverage brands, working mostly in test kitchens and laboratories. A graduate of Shady Side Academy, she is a member of the Penn State Food Science Club and is a volunteer at the Children's Institute, a pediatric rehabilitation hospital.
-- Amanda Hofstaedter, a Food Science major from Chalfont. Hofstaedter was a research, development and quality intern with Kraft Foods' beverages unit in Tarrytown, N.Y. Her projects focused on increasing the health and wellness credentials of Capri Sun. A graduate of Central Bucks South High School, she is a student of the Schreyer Honors College, secretary of the Food Science Club and a research assistant in the Food Science Department's sensory evaluation lab.
-- Mollie Ann McGinnis, a Wildlife and Fisheries Science major from Westminster, Colo. McGinnis was an intern with the Mote Marine Laboratory, an aquarium and marine research lab in Sarasota, Fla. She worked with sea turtles and dolphins and assisted in the facility's animal hospital. A Legacy High School graduate, she belongs to the Sigma Alpha agricultural sorority, the Xi Sigma Pi forestry honor society and the Gamma Sigma Delta agricultural honor society.
-- Jenna Moser, an Agricultural and Extension Education major from Philadelphia. Moser was a soil scientist intern with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Hammonton, N.J., where she assessed farmers' use of irrigation systems and analyzed water quality and quantity. A graduate of W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences, she is a member of Collegiate FFA and a Little Sister at Delta Theta Sigma agricultural fraternity.
-- Alyssa Patt, an Immunology and Infectious Disease major from Exton. Patt was a public health intern with the Pennsylvania Department of Health in Exton. She worked in the Division of Microbiology, helping with projects in the Media and Field Investigation rooms. A graduate of Downingtown East High School, she is a member of the IMPACT THON organization, president of the Biomedical Sciences Club and recipient of the Penn State Renaissance Fund scholarship.
-- Heather Stutzman, an Animal Sciences major from Kutztown. Stutzman was a sales intern with Dow AgroSciences' seed branch, Mycogen Seeds, in Manheim. She helped inform dealers and customers about how crops grown with the company's seeds were faring. A graduate of Kutztown Area Senior High School, she is a member of the Block and Bridle, and Poultry Science clubs as well as vice president of the Agronomy Club and a member of Coaly Honor Society.