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Dairy Intern: David Jones

Published on 01 July 2010

Junior, Cal Poly State University
Marketing Communications intern with Accelerated Genetics
Based in Baraboo, Wisconsin

Q. In what area are you pursuing a degree?
I am a dairy science major and agricultural communications minor.



Q. What is your agricultural background?
Agriculture has always been an extremely important part of my family. We own and operate a dairy in Stevinson, California. Our lives revolve around that farm, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Q. What previous internship positions have you held?

During my first year out of high school, I was afforded the opportunity to serve as a state officer of the California FFA Association with five other individuals. California's officers operate as interns of the California Department of Education. Together, we lived in the brand new California FFA Center and spent a year away from school serving the members of our state.

Last year I also began working with Holstein World covering events, which has ultimately led to a part-time position as the Special Projects Intern on an as-needed basis.

Internship information

Q. What will your responsibilities be this summer?
I am working with an outstanding staff this summer that has allowed me to jump headfirst into some great projects. Along with writing press releases and taking photos, some of my duties include working on designing and assembling mailers and other materials for the company, representing Accelerated Genetics at various events and shows, updating the company website and social media, and various video projects.

Q. What do you hope to have learned by the end of your internship?

I'd definitely like to have a better understanding of web and publishing software. Until this year I’ve had very limited exposure to layout and design, and I hope to become more proficient by the end of the summer. I’d also like to strengthen my writing skills from a public relations lens and learn more about the genetics industry as a whole.

Q. What intrigues you most about Accelerated Genetics?

The company structure. Everyone has input, especially the customers. That makes the attitude here extremely positive, more like family.

Q. What can you do to make a meaningful impact during your internship?
I just hope to always put my best foot forward and keep the company values and goals in the forefront. If I can do that in addition to pushing for the highest standards in my workmanship, I think I can make a positive impact.

Q. What do you think will be the most challenging aspect of your intern duties?
Definitely performing tasks related to the website. I have very limited experience with the Dreamweaver software, but I’m sure I’ll pick things up quite quickly.

What's your best story from the first day or week of your internship?
At my first PR event, a charming woman at my lunch table accused me of stealing Wisconsin dairy secrets and taking them back to California.


Future plans
Q. What do you hope to do after graduation?
I’m lucky because I’m interested in so many things. I definitely see my future landing somewhere in the dairy industry, and whether I end up marketing, on the dairy or in some other dairy-related career, I will be happy.

Q. Why do you want to remain a part of the dairy industry?
The same reason most people stay in this industry — we love what we do. Dairy plays such a huge role in my life and always has. I just think it would be too hard to step away from it completely. PD