Student Stories

Experience Ag Sciences. Follow our students as they study abroad, complete internships, conduct research, and start exciting careers.
Elizabeth Palmer pauses for a photo during her experience last summer at the United States Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska.
February 25, 2016

Senior Animal Science major Elizabeth Palmer learned a lot about livestock and cattle through her internship with the United States Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska.

Participating in 4-H programs from the age of 10 kindled Joshua Cassar's interest in poultry educational and career opportunities. An animal science major with a minor in poultry and avian science who will graduate in May, Cassar had 15 job offers from which to choose.
February 25, 2016

Twelve years ago, Joshua Cassar could not have foreseen 15 job offers, prestigious awards and a resume packed with experiences, internships and international travels. Back then, he was just a kid with an interest in agriculture and poultry science.

With what is left of his time, Josh Van Wyk plays on the men's club volleyball team. 
February 19, 2016

Some students, it seems, don't get nearly as much out of their college years as they should. They don't join organizations, they don't network to prepare for a job search, they miss too many classes and they don't truly experience campus life. That's not the case for Josh Van Wyk, who is using his college time to gain life experience, leadership skills and a jump-start to a great career.

Robby Ost jumped at the chance to experience the unique culture of Israel through a program called Onward Israel, which is offered through Penn State's Hillel. 
January 26, 2016

Robby Ost took his passion for business and the environment abroad last summer. The sophomore Environmental Resource Management major in the College of Agricultural Sciences traveled to Jerusalem, Israel, where he spent three months working for an environmental consulting business.

John-Claude Lacroix with three new cookie varieties he helped to develop.
January 18, 2016

As happens with many Penn State students, an internship led to a good job for John-Claude Lacroix. The recent Food Science graduate was hired by Stauffer's — maker of cookies and crackers — after he interned with the York, Pennsylvania, company during his sophomore and junior years.

Alyssa Davidge, who graduated from Penn State in 2014, holding a California condor soon to be released into the wild.
December 1, 2015

With a 10-foot wingspan, a mass of 26-pounds and a 60-year lifespan, the California condor is a bird with some swagger. Recent Penn State graduate Alyssa Davidge feels privileged to keep an eye on them as a condor-monitoring technician in southern California.

Joshua Cassar with a toucan in Costa Rica.
November 16, 2015

Prior to his trip to Costa Rica, Josh Cassar had taken only two Spanish for Agriculture classes. After participating in the month-long immersion program during the summer of 2013, Cassar -- a junior majoring in Animal Science with an emphasis in Poultry Science -- felt fully prepared for his internship overseeing various departments at a poultry plant in Pennsylvania.

In her free time, Sara Getson cultivates shiitake mushrooms with her friends using homemade synthetic logs.
November 6, 2015

Years ago, young Sara Getson ventured into the woods with her father, hunting for the stout, honey-colored mushroom that is her family's favorite. They searched for the aptly named honey mushroom (Armillaria mellea) not just for fun, but to pick, can and sauté them with butter and onions for dinner. Now, that tradition has spawned her studies and career ambitions at Penn State.

Devon Carroll spent the summer working for the New York Yankees AAA farm team, the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Rail Riders. On the grounds crew, she spent time landscaping the front entrance, working on the field and repairing practice facilities.
October 22, 2015

As the only female turfgrass science major at Penn State’s University Park campus, junior Devon Carroll is enjoying being a woman in what is considered a man's career field.

Recent graduate Anh Tran secured her position with Giorgi Mushroom Company through a contact she made at last year's Ag Career Day.
October 13, 2015

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.