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|2012 Dairy Intern: Alyssa Meyer|
|Features - Students|
Junior, Iowa State University
In about 7th grade I started working on my uncle’s dairy farm: feeding calves, painting buildings, cleaning pens and relief milking. I also pursued dairy judging in high school through the FFA. It was these programs that allowed me to fall in love with the industry.Q. In what area are you pursuing a degree?
I am currently double majoring in dairy science and global resource systems, which is an inter-disciplinary major that focuses on sustainable development and allocating resources efficiently.
Q. What previous internship positions have you held?
Last year, I served Iowa’s dairy industry as the Iowa Dairy Princess Alternate.
Q. What activities or associations are you involved in?
At Iowa State, I’m involved in my sorority Alpha Omicron Pi, the Dairy Science Club, The Navigators and Friendships International. I’ve also done a few speeches through Midwest Dairy’s SpeakOut program.
Q. What are your internship responsibilities?
My responsibilities include: expanding our customer base by visiting new dairies, educating them about Alltech and our products, building the relationship and sending follow-up letters. We also have several free services for dairy farmers, such as our Dairy Workers Program, and 37+ program which I encourage producers to utilize.
Q. What do you hope to have learned by the end of your internship?
I have already learned a great deal about the sales aspect of the dairy industry. Sales is not about getting people to buy a product. Sales is about building a relationship with the consumer, investing time in their operation, and helping them with any issues they are having. I’m doing my best to learn the most effective way to express that to my clients.
Q. What intrigues you most about the company or organization where you're interning?
Alltech is a very global company and has sustainability on the forefront of their minds. It’s a wonderful compliment to my current major.
One project that I think is commendable is Alltech’s Sustainable Haiti Project. Following the earthquake in 2010, Alltech created the project to help Haiti, but more than just giving them money, the project is about creating sustainable economic growth. One example of that is Alltech’s Café Citadelle coffee.
All of the beans are purchased directly from a co-op in Haiti to help support and build that economy. There are exponential opportunities to be explored through Alltech whether it is in research, marketing, sales, or something completely different.
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