College of Ag Sciences students receive internship awards

December 13, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Ten Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2013 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.

"Internships provide important on-the-job learning and networking opportunities that give students a leg up in today's competitive job market," said Naomi Knaub, the college's director of alumni relations. "The Alumni Society is pleased to provide support and encouragement to students seeking these real-world experiences as we recognize the award winners for their excellent internship performance."

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:

--Denise Beam, an Animal Science major from Elverson. Beam was a science and technology intern for the National Pork Board in Clive, Iowa, where she was exposed to many facets of the swine industry. A graduate of Conestoga Christian School, she is a member of the Penn State Dairy Science Club, Block and Bridle, the National Agri-Marketing Association and Delta Theta Sigma fraternity. She was awarded the Pennsylvania Livestock Association Scholarship.

--Steven Bookbinder, a Food Science major from Boalsburg. Bookbinder was an international intern for Animex, a meat processer and producer in Warsaw, Poland, where he worked in the on-site analytics lab doing chemical and environmental analysis of quality issues related to daily production. He is president of the Penn State Cooking and Baking Club, a member of the Presidential Leadership Academy and a founding member of the Penn State Movember charity.

--Monica Caparosa, a Food Science major from Butler. Caparosa was a research and development and quality assurance intern for the food manufacturing business, Starkist Co., in Pittsburgh. She conducted research on struvite crystal formation in canned tuna, as well as graded and packaged products. A graduate of Butler Area Senior High School, she is Ag Advocate for Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, THON (Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon) chair for the Italian Student Society and a member of the Food Science Club.

--Leah Giralico, a Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences major from Nazareth. Giralico was an animal care intern at the Lehigh Valley Zoo, a zoological conservation park in Schnecksville. She worked with zoologists feeding and training animals, preparing animal diets and taking part in animal enrichment. A graduate of Nazareth Area High School, she is a Penn State Schreyer Scholar, a member of Penn State's Equestrian Team and was a competition captain for Penn State Homecoming 2013.

--Kylie Kiess, an Agricultural Science major from Cogan Station. Kiess was a product development assistant for T.A. Seeds LLC, an agricultural seed production and sales business in Jersey Shore, Pa. As their first intern, she counted seed, rode on a planter to develop test plots and trials, and interacted with the team and their customers. A graduate of Williamsport Area High School, she is a member of the Penn State Livestock Judging Team and the Penn State Collegiate Cattlewomen.

--Karissa Kolosky, a Food Science major from Medina, Ohio. Kolosky was a sensory intern for J.M. Smucker Company in Orrville, Ohio. She spent time in a lab working with sensory scientists on panels and testing different Smucker's products. A graduate of Medina High School, she is a member of Penn State's Food Science Club, the Relay for Life Committee, Random Act of Kindness and THON. She also works as an assistant in the Penn State Sensory Lab.

--Jenna Moser, an Agricultural Education major from Philadelphia. Moser was an agricultural intern for the Children and Youth Empowerment Centre in Nyeri, Kenya. She implemented a composting program and helped plan an "Ag Day" to teach youth various agricultural practices. A graduate of W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences, she is president of the Little Sisters at Delta Theta Sigma fraternity and vice president of Penn State's Collegiate FFA. She is also an intern for Penn State's Pesticide Education Program and has global interest developed through participation in the World Food Prize program.

--Eleanor Polley, a Community, Environment and Development major from Cortland, N.Y. Polley was an economic intern for the U.S. Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy, where she conducted research and attended conferences as a U.S. representative. A graduate of Cortland Senior High School, she is involved in the Penn State Rotaract Club.

--Kurt Smithgall, a Biological Engineering major from Montoursville. Smithgall was a biological science technician for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service Southern Research Station in Otto, N.C. He worked in the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory taking part in various projects, such as developing the SWAT hydrologic model for a watershed in the Coweeta Basin. A graduate of Montoursville Area High School, he is a kayaking instructor for the Penn State Outing Club. He recently qualified for the U.S. Wildwater Team to race at the World Championships in Italy next summer.

--Angelo Teachout, an Environmental Resource Management major from Imperial. Teachout was an intern for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Arlington, Va., where he conducted research and experiments for the draft SMM Analytical Tool, which helps assess environmental impacts associated with resource use. A graduate of West Allegheny High School, he is an undergraduate research assistant at Penn State. He was named to the Dean's List for the spring 2013 semester.

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