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Interning in France

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During the summer of 2010, I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in France for 9 weeks. I left the U.S. a week before my study abroad prgram began because I wanted to spend some time site seeing in Paris before I started classes. I spent three in Paris, with three other young ladies from UF, to see as much of the historic city as possible, sadly it was not enough time to truely appreciate all of the sites.

After my independent excursions through Paris I travelled to Purpan University in Toulouse, France, where I learned about everything from the French language, to wine, to agronomy, to culinary arts. The program was designed to immerse American students into the French culture while studying their agri-food system. The program is four weeks of studying at Purpan University and students and students may choose to intern in the agriculture industry for an additional 4 weeks.

I interned on the Naulot family farm in the Bourgogne (Burgundy) region of France. Two brothers and their families run the farm. It is primarily a cow/calf operation of purebred Charolais cattle. They also produce wheat, various other crops and chickens. In the small rural town there were very few people who spoke English and I spoke very little French, so there was a difficult language barrier. I learned most of the French I know through immersion, and it was a long and difficult process. I completed various tasks on the farm such as feeding the calves and monitoring the herds, harvesting wheat, and leading agricultural convoys. It was an experience that changed me as an individual and helped me develop a global perspective.

Bayer CropScience Internship

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During the spring and summer of 2012 I interned with Bayer CropScience as a citrus scout. Bayer CropScience is one of the world’s leading agrochemical companies. As a citrus scout I worked with a Bayer CropScience sales representative and his clients. I learned how to identify and scout for citrus rust mites, Asian Citrus Psyllids and nymphs, and citrus leafminer. I was honored to work with grove and production managers for companies such as the Latt Maxcy Corporation and Ben Hill Griffin, Inc. I collected data from thousands of acres each week to keep growers informed about what was in their groves. I was also invited to educational workshops throughout the internship to represent Bayer CropScience. This internship allowed me to learn about the production agriculture industry, specifically citrus, while encouraging personal and professional growth.