At All American Co-op, we understand the important role an internship plays. That’s why we promise to challenge you with hands-on experience from which you’ll gain useful career skills. Depending on your internship of choice, you will be:
- Out in fields scouting.
- Making on-farm visits and talking directly with producers.
- Creating feeds and formulating feed rations.
- Participating in many other hands-on activities!
What is the best part about our internship program? Show us your hard work ethic, and you’ll have the chance to snag a full-time position. Dan Klavetter and Nate Goeldi are prime examples of that! Read about their All-American Co-op internship experiences below.
Not Once, But Twice
Dan Klavetter completed an agronomy internship with All-American Co-op during the summer of 2012, and enjoyed his experience so much that he came back in 2013.
“The reason I went back another year was because I had a such a great experience my first year,” Dan says. “I liked that it was very hands-on. I was able to take what I learned in the classroom and put it to use in the field.”
Dan, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a degree in crop and soil science, spent those two summers doing various hands-on activities, including treating seed, planting a plot, and scouting fields for weed and insect pressure. He says All-American Co-op made him feel like part of the staff.
“I’ve had other internships, and in this one I didn’t feel micromanaged,” Dan comments. “They put a lot of trust in you, and hold you to a higher standard.”
Today, Dan continues to work for All-American Co-op as a sales agronomist from their Stewartville location. He says his internships solidified his career choice and made him realize he truly does appreciate agronomy.
“I have a passion for agriculture, and it’s what I enjoy being around,” Dan mentions.
So why does he continue to enjoy working at All American? “It’s the people,” Dan states. “They are a great group to work with.”
Don’t Sugar Coat It
If there was one thing Nate Goeldi appreciated about his All-American Co-op internship in 2014, it was the realness of it.
“It wasn’t sugar coated,” Nate says. “I was able to see what I would be doing day-to-day if I chose this work full-time. It was more like a three-month training period, and I was able to really get my feet wet in dairy nutrition.”
That experience is what led Nate to selecting All American Co-op for his career after college. As a dairy production specialist, Nate continues to do tasks he was exposed to during his internship. Another reason he chose All American Co-op was for the people.
“I really enjoyed the people I worked with during the internship,” Nate notes. “And now they’re my full-time coworkers. We have a great work environment at All American Co-op. I feel like I don’t work a day of my life. I get to spend time with customers who are my friends. It’s like a family environment.”
For students considering All American Co-op for an internship, Nate encourages them to do so.
“It’s going to be one of the most inclusive internships out there,” Nate states. “The environment that All American puts together for interns is one of learning. They want you to experience new things and get familiar with the business. It lets you excel on your own, but also fosters learning.”
Do you enjoy working outside? Would you like some of your school costs to be covered? Do you want a full-time job to be waiting for you upon graduation? If you answered yes to any or all those questions, you should consider All American Co-op’s agronomy tech sponsorship program.
This program will help you attend the agronomy tech program at Ridgewater College. All American Co-op Progressive Ag Center will help pay for some of your schooling. If you successfully complete the program, a full-time custom applicator job will be waiting for you at All American. This program is a great opportunity. Aaron Nicklay and Nate Schwanke, past program participants, know all about it!
Aaron Nicklay – Completed the program in 2000
“Every day I’m at work, I get to be out in the field enjoying nature,” Aaron says. “There are days when I get to see awesome, abundant wildlife. I’ve enjoyed every year I’ve worked for All American, and I bet I’ll enjoy the next 20 years as well!”
Nate Schwanke – Completed the program in 2006
“It was nice not having to worry about a job after graduation,” Nate comments. “It’s a good choice, especially if you enjoy farming and agriculture. I liked the experience I had at Ridgewater, and I’d do it again. I enjoy my full-time job, and I like the growers we work with.”