February 25, 2021

Kelsi Pringnitz Keeps Communication Projects on Track

Kelsi PringnitzWhile it’s not common for freshmen at South Dakota State University (SDSU) to attend the school’s career fair and apply for internships, Kelsi Pringnitz broke the mold. She made a point to visit MaxYield’s booth, since the cooperative has a location in her hometown of Garner. This 19-year-old go-getter is glad she took the initiative to pursue a communications internship with MaxYield.


Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?

A: I started off as an ag business major, but after meeting some girls who were studying ag communications, I decided that this was a better fit for me. When I head back to SDSU this fall, I’ll be a sophomore double majoring in ag communications and leadership, with a minor in advertising.

Q: What have you enjoyed about your MaxYield communications internship?

A: I knew there would be a lot of great opportunities here after talking to Megan Bueltel, a 2011 MaxYield intern who is my Big Sister at Sigma Alpha (a professional women’s ag sorority). I’ve helped with MaxYield’s website updates, SciMax videos, news releases, and the 2013 calendar. I’ve also job shadowed a MaxYield agronomist and helped with crop scouting. I’ve enjoyed learning the ins and outs of how a cooperative works.

Not only did I get an internship at MaxYield, but I’ve made great new friends, too. Since all the interns live in the same apartment complex, it’s like a family. We get together for meals after work and have gone fishing together.

Q: How have you benefited by having Chad Meyer as your mentor at MaxYield?

A: Chad gives me the freedom to take ownership of projects. I like being able to help keep projects on track and am glad that Chad encourages me to learn about many different areas of MaxYield’s business.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?

A: I’d like to stay in the Midwest, if possible, and work in public relations, event planning, marketing, or advertising. This internship is confirming that this is what I want to do.

Interesting facts about Kelsi:

• Kelsi is a two-time recipient of MaxYield’s college scholarships.

• Since she joined 4-H in fourth grade and FFA in high school, Kelsi has enjoyed showing livestock and continues to exhibit hogs at the Iowa State Fair with her family, including her brother, Jake.

• Kelsi reigned as the 2011 Hancock County Fair Queen and competed in the 2011 Iowa State Fair Queen contest.


A Minute With MaxYield Mentor Chad Meyer

Interns like Kelsi Pringnitz who possess great communication skills and are willing to try new things are a good fit at MaxYield, said Chad Meyer, MaxYield’s member relations/communications director.

“Kelsi has never been afraid to pick up the phone and get things done. She has recorded and produced numerous agronomic and recruiting videos this summer, played a large part in putting our 2013 antique tractor calendar together, and has had a significant role in coordinating the August/September issue of My Solutions magazine.”

Meyer enjoys working with Kelsi and the other 2012 interns at MaxYield because they bring a fresh perspective and a renewed sense of energy to the company. “This summer, we’ve had several big projects going on at the same time, including building new websites for MaxYield. Kelsi has been instrumental in keeping the calendar, magazine, and video projects moving forward and on time.”




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