October 5, 2015
Lincoln, Neb. — 106 companies in the industries of agriculture and natural resources converged on East Campus at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln on Sept.29 to meet with students interested in internship and employment opportunities. This was the largest career fair ever hosted by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, according to CASNR Career Specialist Julie Obermeyer.
A recent USDA report indicates a growing demand for recent college graduates with a degree in agriculture programs. It forecasts 57,900 high-skilled job openings annually in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources and environment fields in the United States. CASNR students are hoping to fill a number of those high-skilled job openings and many of those opportunities will stem from the career fair. Representatives from companies such as Cargill, Dow AgroSciences, Gallup, John Deere, Monsanto and Syngenta were on hand conducting onsite interviews and meeting potential position candidates.
“Seed production is huge here, so Syngenta places a lot of focus on Nebraska,” said Syngenta Seed Advisor Manager and UNL alum, Connor Emanuel. “It’s really powerful to have an experienced sales force of students coming from a top agriculture institute like UNL.”
During the career fair, Emanuel was seeking December graduates for Syngenta’s developmental sales representative program.
While many companies were talking with students about full-time employment, there were also opportunities for CASNR underclassmen during the career fair. Railen Ripp is a junior at UNL majoring in Animal Science. She came to the career fair seeking a summer sales or marketing internship in the beef industry.
“As a junior, I feel that the CASNR Career Fair is an event that I cannot miss,” said Ripp. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to meet with companies, and the conversations here could lead to internships and industry experience”
When Ripp attended the career fair as a freshman she spoke with representatives from John Deere which led to an interview for an internship at their corporate headquarters in Moline, IL. By fostering opportunities for students such as Ripp, CASNR is doing its part to support the employment needs of the agriculture industry.
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