December 4, 2020

MARCUS CHRISTENSEN, Operations Intern

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When you’re just weeks away from graduating, it pays to get all the hands-on work experience you can before joining the “real world.”

“That’s why I was interested in working for MaxYield,” said Marcus Christensen, an ag business major who will graduate from ISU in December 2015. “I’ve known some other people who had good experiences with their MaxYield internships, and I knew I’d learn a lot here.”

Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?
A: I grew up on a grain farm near Estherville and have always had a passion for agriculture. It’s a vital industry, and some of the best career opportunities are in ag.

Q: What have you enjoyed about your MaxYield grain operations internship?
A: If you want to gain some vital work experience and learn a lot about a cooperative, this is a good place to be. MaxYield gives me responsibilities and treats me like a team member. I’ve learned a lot about the grain side of the business by loading trucks and trains. We load 110-car trains at the Belmond location and have 15 hours to get each train prepped, filled, and sealed after it arrives. MaxYield provides plenty of training from day one to help us learn the job and keep us safe.

It has been interesting to see what goes into the decision-making process at a grain elevator. I like how MaxYield gives us a lot of opportunities to learn. We had lunch with the CEO, Keith Heim, and have had local economic development leaders speak to us, too.

Q: How have you benefited by having Dave Hubka as your mentor at MaxYield?
A: I see Dave every day. He’s knowledgeable, easy to talk to, and is willing to answer my questions. MaxYield team members like Dave are friendly and are good at explaining things to help me learn.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?
A: I’d like to work in the ag lending or financial services. I’m open to going anywhere for a job, and I’m also open to living in Iowa.

Interesting facts about Marcus:
• Farming is a tradition for Marcus’s family, which includes his parents, Roger and Theresa, his brothers Michael and Daniel, and his grandpa, Don Christensen.
• Marcus has worked in the sales and service departments for a marina in Okoboji and continued to work at the marina on weekends during the summer of 2015.
• In his free time, Marcus enjoys spending time outdoors, boating, watching baseball, basketball, and football, and reading non-fiction books, including business books.

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