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Gaining Experience in the "Field"

We're highlighting summer internship season at Farm Credit all this week with some help from three guest bloggers who are currently interning at Southwest Georgia Farm Credit. Camille Odom is a senior at the University of Georgia majoring in agribusiness. Looking for more information about careers at Farm Credit? Visit www.farmcredit.com/careers to browse more than 150 job opportunities across the System.

With my suit on, coffee cup in my hand, and my purse on my arm I was ready to drive to Bainbridge, Ga. to begin my internship with Southwest Georgia Farm Credit. Driving in on Highway 84 passing fields abundant with cotton, corn and peanuts on each side of the road, I was running every possible scenario through my head as to how the day would go and what to expect. I realized how blessed I am to have this opportunity.

I grew up surrounded by agriculture near Athens, Ga. but my father grew up on a farm just to the west of Bainbridge. As we would make a few visits a year to see family, I developed a love and appreciation for this part of the state. In Northeast Georgia there is a huge difference in the type of production agriculture relative to the Southwest region. The extent of agriculture near home includes beef and dairy farms, hay fields and poultry houses, with a few exceptions. Deep down inside a part of me wishes I could have grown up here; so to have a chance to immerse myself in this aspect of agriculture is a once in a lifetime experience.

As the other two interns and I walked into the office Monday morning we were very impressed with how everyone greeted us and offered their assistance as well as the set up for our work over the next couple of months. Throughout the course of this internship there will be five modules that we will complete: sales, executive leadership, credit, marketing and operations. During these modules we will gain knowledge of the procedures then we will complete an assessment and be evaluated on our performance. As a group we will complete a project about food safety to present to the Board of Directors and Executive Leadership team at the end of July. In June we are attending a training at the AgFirst Bank in Columbia, S.C. and heading to Washington, D.C. in July to meet with the Farm Credit Administration.

This week has already opened my eyes even more about agriculture. We have met pecan and corn farmers, seen a pecan drying and sorting facility, witnessed sweet corn being harvested, and toured a sweet corn pre-cooler facility which supplies places like Wal-Mart, Kroger, and Publix. We have also had an orientation of the Farm Credit System and specifically the Southwest Georgia Association.

Through the modules, the food safety project, the trips, and simply spending time with the employees, I believe I will leave Farm Credit knowing much more than I expected to learn during this internship. This kind of knowledge and experience is hard to get through a textbook. I will use this knowledge as I complete my bachelor’s degree in agribusiness at the University of Georgia. I can’t wait to see what I will learn in the next eight weeks.

We're highlighting summer internship season at Farm Credit all this week with some help from three guest bloggers who are currently interning at Southwest Georgia Farm Credit. Nathan Chauhan is a senior at Florida State University majoring in accounting with a minor in real estate. Would you like to share your Farm Credit internship story? Drop us a line at ask@farmcredit.com.