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Recent graduate Anh Tran secured her position with Giorgi Mushroom Company through a contact she made at last year's Ag Career Day.

The College of Agricultural Sciences’ Ag Career Day, set for Oct. 20 at the Bryce Jordan Center, is a great opportunity for students to interact and meet future employers. For recent graduate Anh Tran, attending last year’s event led to a full-time job with the largest single-location mushroom farm in the world — Giorgi Mushroom Company.

During the summer of 2014, Paige Smoyer worked in Washington, D.C., with Food Directions LLC, a government relations consulting firm.

From attending interesting meetings to writing company newsletters to approving product sales, Paige Smoyer found that working as a food safety intern was a fast-paced and intriguing experience.

Where in the world can you network with professional leaders in the food industry, visit the headquarters of numerous food-manufacturing plants and learn how to make a McDonald's Big Mac? That place would be the Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Food Institute in Chicago.

Senior Steve Bookbinder's goal while at Penn State is to be exposed to all sorts of different product-development and operations environments in the meat industry. Last summer he found an opportunity at Animex, Poland's largest meat processing company.

Most college students originally enrolled in their studies following high school graduation, but Penn State food science major Steve Bookbinder took a different path.

Penn State student Monica Caparosa worked in research and development and quality-assurance at StarKist's Pittsburgh headquarters.

Putting her dislike of seafood aside, sophomore Monica Caparosa jumped at the chance to intern with one of the leading seafood companies in the country. From May through July 2013, her days were filled with various tasks -- including sampling the tuna.

Kenzie Brancato's internship at Ainsworth provided an invaluable look into the pet food industry, as well as the food industry, because they are so similar.

Penn State junior Kenzie Brancato had a revelation of sorts when she interned with Ainsworth Pet Nutrition last year.

Erica Pilgram (right) posed in France with her research partner, a master's degree student from Arkansas.

How do you get a child to eat his or her vegetables? This is just one of the problems that Erica Pilgram tackled during a summer stay in France.

Penn State food sciences major Meghan Kane posed on a bridge in the heart of Paris.

Penn State senior Meghan Kane visited France not once, but twice through programs offered by the College of Agricultural Sciences.

You don't have to be in a study-abroad program to get traveling experience, Natalie Masters can tell you. The Penn State Food Science major made her way through Chile during the University's 2011 spring break as part of an embedded course trip. ...

Maggie Harding has been watching Penn State volleyball since she was 5 years old, never dreaming that playing the sport herself in a fifth-grade gym class would lead to a spot on the very team she idolized. ...

Jan. 10 was like any other Tuesday at the Penn State Meats Lab, where animals raised on the University's farms are brought to harvest and processed, with the finished products available for sale on Friday. ...

It is a time-honored tradition for winery workers to grow a beard during the grape-harvest season. Zach Evanitsky, who graduated from the College of Agricultural Sciences this spring with a degree in Food Science, followed this practice while interning with Mazza Vineyards, near Lake Erie in North East, Pa....

Growing up in the little town of Summerdale, Pa., near Harrisburg, Brianna Hrusko never suspected that she would land a job most would envy, or that her job would take her around the world. ...

Denise Gardner knew she liked wine before she even tasted it. The Reading, Pa., native, who grew up in tiny Robesonia, Pa., was sure of her interest in the wine industry when applying to college. When Gardner decided to attend Penn State, she chose to major in Food Science and minor in Horticulture. She knew her education would prepare her well ...

Hilary Peterson came to Penn State in 2005 to major in Food Science and ended up with a sumptuously sweet deal four years later. After graduating in 2009, she took her dream job with the Mecca of candy corporations, the Hershey Company. ...

If breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, then Agnes Lim is a very important person. The Penn State Food Science major, who graduated from the College of Agricultural Sciences last spring, landed two internships with the Kellogg Company, the world's leading producer of cereal and other nutritious breakfast foods, in the fall of ...

For most, the idea of consuming a chemistry project sounds far from appetizing. For Laura Weir, however, it might just be the sweetest meal of the day....

The food industry is a great field to be in because no matter what the economic climate is, people are always going to eat, according to Andy Hirneisen, a 2007 Food Science graduate who now works for The Hershey Company....

Every college student dreams of getting the opportunity to land the perfect career after graduation, but if you can't find it, why not create it? While at Whole Foods Market, recent Penn State Food Science graduate Jill Kuzo had the opportunity to do just that as head of her own gluten-free testing lab....