Faehling interns with Green Bay Packers
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – This past summer, Allison Faehling found a way to combine her education and her love of sports. The junior environmental horticulture and soil and crop science major had the opportunity to intern with the Green Bay Packers’ turf department, getting her foot in the door to what she hopes to be her future career.
Faehling, a native of Marion, Wisconsin, first became interested in horticulture and soil and crop science in high school. In her freshman year, she took an agriculture class and joined FFA, where she held an executive board position each year. Between the educational opportunities and her love for sports, Faehling knew exactly what she wanted to do – intern with the Green Bay Packers’ turf department. After reaching out to her high school teacher, she contacted the head of the grounds department to see if there was an intern position open for the summer. Faehling’s experiences in FFA, along with the knowledge she has learned from coursework at UW-Platteville, helped her lock in an internship.
During the internship, Faehling was given an opportunity to work in almost every section of the turf department. She was tasked with mowing Lambeau Field as well as the two practice fields, Clark Hinkle Field and Ray Nitschke Field, fertilizing and trimming the grounds, and working with nearly everything that grows around the stadium.
“On our first day, the turf crew told me that by the end of the summer, I was going to be doing everything that they were. Tasks were different every day, depending on what events they had going on,” Faehling said.
With so many responsibilities, Faehling said it was difficult to decide what was most enjoyable, but she said it was an honor to be able to work on Lambeau Field. This is not something that a lot of people can say they have done because only a small percent of people are allowed on the actual field.
“I loved being able to mow Lambeau, or just being out on Lambeau doing anything, really. That was super fulfilling. It was amazing knowing that I was a part of what everyone sees on TV on Sundays,” Faehling said. “I also met the president, Mark Murphy, and had a nice sit-down conversation with him, which was great.”
After graduating, Faehling would like to work for an NFL team in a turf department, and she hopes this internship opportunity will help her reach those goals.
Written by: Abbey Pignatari, Student Writer, Communications, 608-342-1194, firstname.lastname@example.org