ISU to Host Nation’s Largest Ag Career Fair Tomorrow

By Kilah Hemesath, Latham Hi-Tech Seeds Marketing Intern

Every year, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Iowa State University hosts a Fall and Spring Career Fair. The CALS Fall Career Day holds the status as the largest agricultural career fair in the nation! The Career Services office within CALS facilitates this event for students, alumni and employers for a chance to network within the industry.

094There are currently 276 companies registered to attend the CALS Career Fair, which breaks a record high! Employers will be scouting for full-time and part-time employees, as well as internships and co-ops for students still in school. The CALS at ISU also holds a high placement rate of 98.4%. Click here to view the placement rates from 1997.

Last year when I attended the career fair, I stopped by the Latham Hi-Tech Seeds’ booth to inquire about internship opportunities. I was lucky enough the receive an opportunity with Latham Seeds as a Marketing Intern, where I was able to work on projects applicable to both my area of study and passion for the agricultural industry.

During my summer internship at Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, I was10450746_10153419115397138_7749644507690274240_n able to experience a broad range of experiences from sales and production to marketing and research. I enjoyed having a versatile and unique workday, every day. I was able to engage in these experiences, which helped me gain valuable knowledge that contributed to building my resume. I was also given the opportunity to take on my own projects, which gave me the chance to further develop my interest and skills.

As a college student heading into the workplace, you can never have enough internship experience! Internships can help you discover both what you enjoy and what you’d rather not do. I had multiple internships that led me to find my interest in agriculture marketing and communications, and I’m happy to announce that my internship with Latham Seeds led to an offer for a full-time position!

The agricultural sector across the Midwest is a very tight-knit industry, and that’s why networking is especially important. The CALS Career Fair provides that opportunity for student and industry representative to interact with one another.

Be sure to visit us tomorrow (Tuesday, October 20) between 9 am to 3 pm in the ISU Lied Recreation Athletic Center! For Summer 2016, Latham Hi-Tech Seeds is offering internships in Marketing / Communications and Agronomy Sales. We are also recruiting for new dealers throughout our six-state marketing territory.

Stop by the CALS Career Day and learn more about job and internship opportunities!