Friday Features - June 26, 2015

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Friday Features
June 26, 2015

Students intern with GROWMARK
Courtesy the Wisconsin Ag Connection
Over 50 college students are exploring career opportunities as GROWMARK summer interns this year. The participants will be working at FS cooperatives in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Ontario.

From the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, this year's interns include Brianna Reynolds, Evansville, Wis., majoring in agribusiness and working for Frontier-Servco FS; and Austin Underdahl, DeForest, Wis., majoring in soil and crop sciences and working for Frontier-Servco FS.

The interns will be exposed to accounting, marketing, communications and product and service-related activities. The group attended an orientation program at the GROWMARK corporate office in May, and will reconvene this month for an agribusiness tour. Each intern will complete a special project and deliver a presentation on that project in August.

The GROWMARK intern program began in 1959 with three interns. Since then, over 1,000 students have been involved in the program.

Students earn competitive internships
The Wisconsin Area Health Education Centers System has selected Andrea Brocker, Amelia Korn and Maria Leighton to receive a competitive summer internship in community health.

Brocker studies biology at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Originally from Jefferson, Wis., Brocker graduated from Lakeside Lutheran High School in 2011. She will be at the Watertown Department of Public Health implementing a project titled, “Practical Application of Environmental Health Theory.”

The Community Health Internship Program is a program of the Wisconsin AHEC System, administered through the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. The CHIP program links college undergraduate and graduate student interns with local health departments, community health centers and other community health agencies throughout the state to implement public health projects that benefit the local community or region.

Korn studies biology with an emphasis in biohealth and physiology at the UW-Platteville. Originally from Cashton, Wis., Korn graduated from Cashton High School in 2012. She will be at Scenic Bluffs Community Health Center implementing a project titled, “Rural Health Care and Patient Centered Medical Home Specialist.”

Leighton studies biology with and emphasis in biohealth and physiology at the UW-Platteville. Originally from Oregon, Wis., Leighton graduated from Oregon High School in 2010. Leighton will be at Grant County Health Department/S.A.F.E. Grant County Coalition implementing a project titled, “Youth/Substance Abuse Prevention Intern.”

“This program is designed to teach students about health issues facing underserved populations in Wisconsin,” said Nancy Sugden, director of the Wisconsin AHEC System. “On-site mentors provide technical support and assistance and facilitate shadowing opportunities to help interns gain an appreciation of the broad range of public health activities undertaken at the local level.”

Most students selected for the program are college juniors or seniors, first year health professions graduate students or other graduate students with a strong interest in public health. The program is offered at county health department sites and other community-based sites statewide. Students receive a modest stipend to cover their living expenses during the eight-week program.

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