February 27, 2021

Client Relations & Communications Internship Sparks Agronomy Interest for Ehlers

Anna EhlersAnna Ehlers, a sophomore at Iowa State University, is majoring in Agriculture Communications and Advertising with a minor in Spanish. Her ag background consists of working with her older brother in their self-start up Angus-Hereford cross cow/calf enterprise, and helping with her father’s contract nursery to finish swine operation. “When I applied, I never really thought about the learning opportunities the MaxYield Client Relations and Communications internship would provide related to agronomy. Now, I see it as an essential part of this experience. It’s good to know that I will return to school with stronger communications skills and knowledge base of agronomy and precision ag.”

Q: What have you enjoyed most about your internship?

A: So far, I have enjoyed most having the opportunities to visit the marketing agency that MaxYield uses to see the flow of a different type of workplace.

I also had the chance to “shadow” the professional writer and photographer hired to provide materials for the MY Solutions magazine. It was fun to go through the interviews and photoshoots with them, and learn their techniques to capture stories and photos. I especially enjoyed the conversations we had about their experience in the industry.

Q: Was there anything that surprised you during your internship?

A: I haven’t had much experience or education related to the agronomy sector of ag, as I’ve had more interest in animal agriculture. It has been a nice change to learn more about the programs and technology SciMax Solutions provide and learning from Seed Team Leader, Dan Bjorklund as I shoot his educational videos for MaxYield clients. During my internship I have made an effort to study industry terminology I’ve come across to make things I shoot video on, write or learn about more meaningful. This part of my experience makes me look forward to getting back to class and apply what I have learned at MaxYield.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: I enjoy working on various art projects, and playing my guitar in my free time. One of my favorite things to do wherever I go is to take pictures of sunsets, wildlife or farm machinery and capture a new perspective of everyday scenery.

Q: What are your career goals?

A: I’m still testing the waters to know where I would most enjoy working, and what area of communications I would like to specialize in. I think in the future, working for a non-profit agriculture ministry organization that works to improve ag in third-world countries would be a rewarding experience.



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