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Growing Your Potential With NEW Cooperative
“They expected me to contribute.” That’s how Scott Julius recalls his NEW Cooperative agronomy internship. Former interns Kayla Degner and Lucas Pearson agree with his take on spending a summer with NEW. Kayla remembers, “From the beginning I felt like a member of the team.”
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Kayla’s relationship with NEW began at the end of her senior year in high school when the Lytton, Iowa native was awarded a NEW Cooperative Foundation Scholarship. While studying for her Ag Communications degree at Iowa State University, interning at NEW was definitely something she hoped to achieve.
In the summer between her junior and senior years, “I felt NEW wanted me to be an asset. Employees were welcoming and helpful no matter what questions I asked. Right away I was working on projects I knew mattered to the members.”
“It was easy to see the emphasis on service to customers. Considering my farm background, the knowledge that I’d be working in support of area farmers convinced me I wanted to work for NEW full-time.” Kayla joined NEW after her ISU graduation in May 2015 as the communications assistant.
Scott Julius grew up in the Humboldt, Iowa area with an interest in agriculture, so it made sense for him to seek out NEW Cooperative at the ISU Ag Career Fair. “I’d had other internships previously, but my experience with NEW in the summer of 2013 gave me the most responsibilities.”
The ISU Ag Business student spent that summer working out of four NEW locations—Badger, Bode, Clare, and Humboldt. At the end of the summer he was offered—and happily accepted--a full-time position upon graduation. “You work with many different people during your internship which gives you a true picture of this cooperative and its customers,” adds Julius, now the NEW agronomist based in Woolstock.
For Lucas Pearson a NEW Cooperative internship evolved into the opportunity he wanted most: the chance to come home to the family farm near Cherokee. From day one he was pleased that interns are made to feel welcome throughout NEW. “I didn’t know anyone in the area, yet they were very welcoming. It was easy to get to know everyone and how the locations operated.”
Following a summer at the Pomeroy, Palmer, and Knierim locations NEW offered Lucas a job in the agronomy division. “It was a great offer right out of school and it felt really nice going back to ISU knowing I had a plan for the future,” the December 2013 graduate explains.
When NEW Cooperative expanded westward in 2015, Lucas saw another aspect of his life’s plan fall into line. “NEW was willing to work with me, moving me closer to Cherokee as an agronomist in Pierson. I was able to buy my grandparents’ farm and continue to work for a company I have grown to respect.”
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