Jenna VanderHeiden

Jenna VanderHeiden

Major: Agricultural Business
Year: Junior
Company/Organization: River Valley Cooperative, Eldridge, Iowa
Title: Agronomy Sales Intern

Describe your position & duties.

My duties were to deliver seed and chemicals to customers, scout fields for weeds, insects, and disease pressure, and occasionally take and submit tissue samples.

What did you like about your internship?

I loved being able to connect with customers and share updates on their crops as the season progressed. I was also very thankful to learn more about the agronomic side of agriculture.

What are some classes or experiences that helped prepare you for your internship?

A few classes that prepared me for this internship was the agronomic information learned in Agronomy 180 and life/professional skills learned in Econ 110.

Was your internship impacted by Covid-19? How so?

My internship was impacted by COVID-19, but in a positive way. I was able to start my internship an entire month early on April 20! This allowed me to see the planting season from a cooperative perspective.

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