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Experience Ag Sciences. Follow our students as they study abroad, complete internships, conduct research, and start exciting careers.
After Kyle Love graduates this spring, he will begin his career with Monsanto as a district sales manager.
October 2, 2015

Kyle Love doesn't have the stress other seniors do about searching for a job after graduation. Thanks to connections he made through Penn State's Ag Career Day, he's already been hired for a job in his chosen field, agronomy.

Luke Salter landed an internship at Wenger Feeds at Ag Career Day 2014.
September 25, 2015

For senior agricultural science major Luke Salter, the College of Agricultural Sciences' Ag Career Day last year was a window to the multiple job and internship opportunities the field has to offer. The result was an internship at Wenger Feeds.

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.