Internships receive awards for students from the College of Agricultural Sciences


He added that the Alumni Society encourages students to pursue these work experiences and is pleased to recognize and support the outstanding internship performance demonstrated by this year’s award winners.

— Eamonn Powers, a wildlife and fisheries science major from Holliston, Massachusetts. A graduate of Holliston High School, Powers was an intern at the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in Vernal, Utah.

— Amy Wampler, an animal science major from Womelsdorf. A graduate of Abington Senior High School, Wampler was a quality control intern at Hormel Foods in Beloit, Wisconsin.

— Rachel Zimmerman, a community, environment, and development major from State College. A graduate of Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency, Zimmerman was the community engagement intern at the Penn State Extension office in Philadelphia County.

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  • “Students are developing new skills, gaining real-world experiences and discovering new career possibilities through their internships,” said Alan Schaffranek, the college’s director of alumni relations. “These are important opportunities that will help position them for success in a competitive job market.”

  • Internship award winners are chosen based on an internship plan, a final report, an employer evaluation and a letter of recommendation from their academic adviser. The 2021 award recipients are as follows:

— Emily Stambaugh, an agricultural science major from Carlisle. A graduate of Big Spring High School, Stambaugh was an intern at the Cumberland County Conservation District in Carlisle.

— Jonathan Nelson, a forest ecosystems management major from Liberty. A graduate of North Penn Liberty High School, Nelson was an intern at the Pennsylvania Game Commission in Jersey Shore.

— Justin Kurtz, an agricultural and extension education major from State College. A graduate of State College Area High School, Kurtz was the Pathways intern at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency in Colchester, Vermont. — Nathan Moyer, an agricultural and extension education major from Selinsgrove. A graduate of Selinsgrove Area High School, Moyer was a summer intern at Penn State’s Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, Centre County.

— Leah Welk, an agricultural science and public relations major from Strasburg. A graduate of Lampeter-Strasburg High School, Welk was a commercial marketing intern at CNH Industrial in New Holland. — Megan Pilewski, a veterinary and biomedical sciences major from Lansdale. A graduate of Lansdale Catholic High School, Pilewski was the ambassador care intern at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown.

— Morgan Bear, an agricultural and extension education major from Newville. A graduate of Big Spring High School, Bear was an intern at the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation in Camp Hill.