Student Stories

Experience Ag Sciences. Follow our students as they study abroad, complete internships, conduct research, and start exciting careers.
Dutt (third from right) is shown at an Ojibwe event with the Penn State Community, Environment, and Development 401 class group.
September 15, 2015

In a combined course and cultural engagement experience, Alexandra Dutt explored indigenous peoples’ understanding of their environment -- and how it could inform her own.

Jess Linder at Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary.
September 4, 2015

Jess Linder, a Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences major from Cedar Grove, N.J., has always been inspired by health professionals. “When I was nine, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune eye disease called Uveitis. Since then, I have seen how my doctors not only care for my physical health, but also my emotional and mental health.”

For her untiring efforts, McDonald received the 2015 Rock Ethics Award, which honors Penn State undergraduate students who demonstrate leadership in supporting a cause they believe in.
July 9, 2015

In high school, Carolyn McDonald felt a connection to the country of Haiti and decided to focus her future on how she could help make it a better place.

During the summer of 2014, Paige Smoyer worked in Washington, D.C., with Food Directions LLC, a government relations consulting firm.
July 2, 2015

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.

Brian Rutkowski, a recent graduate in horticulture, poses by the River Seine in Paris, where he studied the similarities and differences between the food and agricultural systems of the United States and France.
June 22, 2015

Two weeks in Paris might sound like a dream vacation, but for Brian Rutkowski, the trip was just one component of his ag business management class.

Elle Velazquez, an environmental education intern at Shaver's Creek, practices handling the Golden Eagle. The Golden Eagle is a frequent participant in the free bird of prey shows, held every Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 2 p.m. at Shaver's Creek from April to November.
June 17, 2015

Just twelve miles from Penn State's University Park campus, Shaver's Creek Environmental Center offers opportunities for students and the community to experience some of the best of Pennsylvania's natural environment.

Taylor Marino paused in front of a coral propagation tank at the Pittsburgh Zoo's Saltwater Aquarium.
June 10, 2015

Back in high school, Taylor Marino volunteered at the Pittsburgh Zoo with the hope that one day she would score a dream internship at the zoo's aquarium. In spring 2015, the Wildlife and Fisheries Science major made that dream a reality when she was offered a Saltwater Aquarium internship at the zoo.

During her internship, Montoursville, Pennsylvania, native Delainey Loedding collected information about snakes to see if the center's habitat-restoration efforts were making a difference in wildlife populations.
June 4, 2015

Delainey Loedding found herself in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, last summer with her hands full -- of snakes. She interned with the Urban Ecology Center, a small nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting community members to nature through habitat restoration, environmental education and citizen science.

Julian Subick, far right, and other Penn State students participate in weekly meetings to assist with the student farm planning process.
May 20, 2015

The idea of a student-centered farm at Penn State already has inspired dozens of students to become involved in its planning, even though many will graduate before the farm is realized. Julian Subick and Briana Yablonski, two seniors graduating from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, have devoted much of their last year at Penn State to the rigorous farm-planning process, and they don’t regret a single moment.

Seeing is Belizing ... While in the Caribbean, Emily Spadaro studied large-animal and tropical veterinary practices as well as wildlife conservation and ecology.
May 5, 2015

Emily Spadaro spent her summer caring for jaguars at a zoo, castrating pigs and a horse, and swimming in a waterfall.