December 10, 2019

10 things I wish I would have known before accepting a MaxYield internship

By Emily Campbell

Accepting a new job, an internship, or a big promotion are important events in your life and they bring a lot of feelings with them. When I accepted the Client Relations and Communications internship at MaxYield Cooperative last October, I was incredibly excited but also a little bit anxious. I couldn’t help but thinking “Is this experience really going to be everything I’m expecting?” I knew my experience at MaxYield would be my last internship before graduation, so I really wanted every detail of it to be just the right fit for me.

Now that I’m here, I have nothing to worry about! My experience at MaxYield Cooperative has been a dream from day one. To help put the fears of the next potential class of MaxYield interns to rest, here are 10 things I wish I would have known before accepting a MaxYield internship:

 

  1. You will not be left to ‘fend for yourself’ on the first day. When I accepted this internship, I was worried that I would just show up on the first day and be expected to ‘figure it out.’ Fortunately, that’s not how it was at all. This first week was filled with comprehensive trainings, onboarding sessions, and time with our mentors to dive into goal and expectations for the summer. It is during these first few days that you build a foundation and roadmap for your summer, which will ultimately lead to a more successful internship.

 

  1. Your mentor truly cares about you and will do everything they can to make your experience a great one. I have heard horror stories from college classmates interning at other organizations who have been assigned mentors, only to find that those ‘mentors’ would rather be doing anything else than helping an intern. At MaxYield, each intern is assigned at least one mentor who is passionate about facilitating learning experiences over the summer and making sure their intern has a fulfilling experience! My mentor, Chad Meyer, even reached out to me before the internship started to work together to set goals and make plans. This helped me feel more comfortable and efficient in my first few days of the internship.

 

  1. There is no ‘office drama’. I think we all have this misconception that the larger a workplace is, the more drama it holds. And while that may be true for some organizations, that is not the case at MaxYield Cooperative. I had never worked for a midsize company like MaxYield, so I expected a sudden surge of ‘he said, she said’. I am proud to say that after working for MaxYield Cooperative, I still have no experience with office drama. It sounds a little cliché, but everyone at MaxYield is truly here to help each other and the company succeed. People are happy for each other, and it’s a really welcoming environment.

 

  1. You will be given all the tools you need to succeed, and then some. MaxYield is committed to providing their interns with all the things they need to have a great summer. Whether it be a company vehicle, laptop or iPad, desktop computer, a generous company uniform allowance, housing reimbursement, or anything in-between, MaxYield Cooperative will give you all the tools you need to do your job and do it well. They also tend to upgrade from year to year so interns get to work with some of the latest equipment. When I arrived in May, there was a brand new video camera for me to break in this summer!

 

  1. The people in the area are extremely friendly. I knew the team members at MaxYield would be friendly, as I had already met some of them and heard good things about the team prior to starting my internship. However, what I didn’t know was how MaxYield’s clients would treat interns. As it turns out, the people in the greater MaxYield Cooperative trade area accept interns with open arms! One of my best memories is traveling to a tractor owner’s house to interview him for our annual calendar. While there, we had coffee, I met the family cat, and got to hear about his trip on a veteran’s honor flight. Every person I have interacted with, client or not, has been very friendly and genuinely interested in me and my experience.

 

  1. There are a lot of cool things to do and places to eat here. Before arriving for the summer, I had heard a rumor that Pizza Ranch was like the only restaurant in Northwest Iowa. Birthday dinner? Pizza Ranch. Sunday brunch? Pizza Ranch. Wedding rehearsal? Pizza Ranch- you get the point. Now I don’t want to offend anyone but personally, I’m not a huge fan of ‘The Ranch’, so you can imagine my horror when I thought that every working lunch out would be around a pan of Cactus Bread. To my surprise, there are actually a lot of incredible local places to shop, dine, and do in the MaxYield area! Future interns, I highly recommend The Wagon Wheel and Miller’s to grab a bite, and Feed Mill Coffee Co. or Java 18 for a cup of coffee. In terms of things to do, Crown Salon is my go-to for a pedicure, and both the Kossuth County Speedway and Hancock County Speedway play host to great weekly racing action. Getting to experience the local business offerings of this part of the state has been one of the best things about my summer. Northwest Iowa is a pretty cool place!

 

  1. Even though MaxYield has many locations and over 200 team members, it still feels pretty small. “How will I ever learn anyone’s name? Will they even know who I am?” I have only ever worked for small companies or family businesses, so working for a midsize company like MaxYield was a new ballgame for me. I don’t know what kind of telepathy the full-time team members have, but it literally seemed like everyone knew me before I even introduced myself! This made me feel welcome at MaxYield from the minute I stepped into the office. It’s also been surprisingly easy to remember everyone’s name, face, job title, and even location. This has made corresponding with others in the company especially easy!

 

  1. We get to have fun at work, too! My biggest worry leading up to this summer was that it would be all work and no play. Even though I have a great work ethic and enjoy working, I still wanted to have a little downtime here and there. MaxYield Cooperative makes sure to integrate some fun into your summer, too! This “fun” comes in all shapes and sizes, whether it’s your mentor’s crazy stories on a long road trip, an office birthday party planned by our receptionist Deb, or an intern outing to a waterpark. Having fun and having a great summer learning experience go hand-in-hand at MaxYield, and your summer here will be an enjoyable one, for sure!

 

  1. MaxYield internships are well-rounded. At MaxYield you’re not just focused on getting as much work done as possible. There is emphasis on skill building, networking, professional and personal development, goal setting, industry knowledge, and fun (see #8), too. This is what makes your time at MaxYield more than just a summer job. Whether that’s taking you on an industry tour to the AgCo manufacturing facility or letting you ride along with a freelance photographer, there are a slew of ‘other’ experiences waiting for you at MaxYield!

 

  1. This experience is truly tailored to your needs. While some parts of the internship are standard from year to year, much of it is left up to you. What parts of the industry would you like exposure to? What skills do you want to build? Where do your career goals lie? Your mentor will work will you to find projects and experiences that fit your needs. I mentioned to Chad that I was interested in recruiting. Recruitment isn’t typically the forefront of the communications and client relations internship, but he was willing to work some related experiences in. Now, I have been involved in all parts of the intern recruiting process, and have even taken on a capstone project on recruitment tactics!

 

All-in-all, my MaxYield experience has been more than I expected. And, we have a spot for you in 2020! Contact Chad Meyer, Client Relations/Communications Director at cmeyer@maxyieldcooperative or check out the internship page on our website for more information on our internship program.

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