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Passion for Agriculture Leads Intern to Farm Credit

It's back to school week on The AGgregator! Join us as we celebrate the 79 million students who are returning to the classroom this year. In this guest post, college senior Samantha Ward shares how she spent her summer at Farm Credit of New Mexico. Samantha is working towards a bachelor's degree in fine arts with an emphasis in graphic design and a minor in advertising.

What’s a graphic artist doing working in ag lending?

I’ve received that question quite a bit. I asked myself the same question before my interview for my internship with Farm Credit of New Mexico this summer. The thing is, I don’t really think of myself as an art major most days. I have a minor in advertising and I participate in New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) and our student chapter of National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA). It was during my sophomore year after a visit to the New Mexico State Fair that I realized agriculture was where I wanted to work. I don’t come from a ranching family and the only thing my family has ever farmed is a tomato plant in our backyard. But I admire the hard work and dedication of those in the industry and I wanted to become a part of that.

My internship experience was a little unique. The Albuquerque office had never had an intern before and working in the administration office, my tasks wouldn't be limited to one branch. Projects varied, ranging from the design of a new theme for the business plan to photographing Farm Credit events and dairy inspections (where a cow laughed at us for driving into a ditch. True story!)

My internship not only provided me with a well-rounded experience in the Association but also in New Mexico agriculture. Traveling around the state with employees who pointed out various farms and ranches they knew gave the landscape a little more personality. Just before my arrival, the marketing department had finished a photo shoot with borrowers who were going to be featured in our new advertising campaign. They ranged in occupation from farmers to dairymen to cattle ranchers. I had the pleasure of interviewing the participants for testimonials to use on our new website. They were all so friendly and passionate about what they do; it made me happy knowing I was helping them succeed.

Whether you're studying graphic design, IT, finance or marketing, consider pursuing an internship or a career at your local Farm Credit organization. Currently, there are more than 150 opportunities available across the country.

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