Hometown: Glencoe, MN
Agricultural Engineering Technology major
Ag Field Service Intern (west region)
I started searching for an internship to gain some real world experience. I have always been a fan of CNH so I applied on their website. Awhile went by and I hadn't heard anything, but one of my friends had recently accepted a job with CNH and recommended me. So, I got a call and the position they had open was in Phoenix Arizona. I was very skeptical of moving 1800 miles away. My professors and peers encouraged me and told me it would be a great experience. Boy were they right! CNH also made transition to Phoenix easier by finding and subsidizing my housing.
My 6 month internship took me all over the country, mainly the west coast. I spent almost all of June through December on the road. I visited New Holland dealers and customers to help solve product issues as well as to maintain New Holland's dealer network and reputation. For a guy that had never flown or left the 5 state area of the Midwest, this was the best part of my experience.
On top of my dealership visits I had special intern projects that all 6 service interns worked on together. These included a month-long training event in Texas, another month with the harvest support team, and farm shows. In Texas we were responsible for maintaining the demonstration equipment and filling in where necessary. I actually ended up filling in for a full time trainer and trained dealer salesman on windrowers. On the harvest support team we followed the wheat harvest from Texas to North Dakota. We had service trucks and a semi full of parts to assist the harvesters and keep their machines harvesting. At the farm shows we helped run demos and also worked the lot and answered product questions.
This internship forced me out of my comfort zone and gave me a lot of practical knowledge that I will use throughout my career. All of the classes I took at UWRF helped me throughout my experience and allowed me to put all the knowledge I have gained to use.
I would absolutely recommend internships to each and every student at UWRF. With my internship experience, I secured a full-time position even before I graduated this May 2014 as a Technical Service Representative for CLAAS in Omaha, Nebraska.