December 3, 2020

Grain Accounting and Finance Intern: Celeste Swanson

20160719_maxyield_327What are some responsibilities you have at MaxYield?

I am the Corporate Grain Accounting and Finance Intern. I am largely involved in the grain department, but I also help the accounting and finance team with projects. I spend a lot of my time balancing settlements, working with price later contracts, making spreadsheets and balancing payments and accounts. I also assist with Enogen corn settlements, batch tickets and contacting farmers about the Enogen program.

Who is your mentor and how have they helped you so far at MaxYield?

Rick Abrahamson is my main mentor, but I also receive guidance from Cassie Denger and Susan Post. All of my mentors are great to work with. They are always willing to help and are phenomenal teachers when I have questions.

What has been your favorite part of your internship so far?

I have enjoyed getting to know the people that I work with at MaxYield. Building strong professional and personal relationships has always been important to me, and MaxYield has given me the opportunity to do both. I know the connections I make at MaxYield will be good resources for me as I narrow down my career path in agriculture. I have also enjoyed learning about a side of the ag industry that is so new to me. Growing up on a family farm I learned a lot about the day-to-day operations and my time at Iowa State has taught me about the economics of agriculture. Grain accounting is a new experience for me and I am loving it so far.

What are your career goals after graduation?

After graduating from Iowa State University with degrees in Agricultural Business, Economics, International Agriculture and a minor in Statistics, I plan to pursue a career that allows me to utilize the skills I have learned focusing on crop insurance or governmental statistical data. I would love to work for the USDA or the Iowa Ag Department statistic division. I am also enjoying the grain accounting side of my internship at MaxYield and I would be open to opportunities in a grain accounting career.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to intern with MaxYield?

The Corporate Grain Accounting and Finance Intern at MaxYield should definitely like numbers. You will be dealing with math, spreadsheets, balancing accounts and more every day. If you have a knack for math this internship is a great opportunity. I would also encourage them to be outgoing and be ready to have fun because everyone at MaxYield is great to work with and every day is a new experience.

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