Andrew Folta from Hawk Point, is one of 39 college students from across the country that began a summer field sales internship with the Monsanto Company this May. This summer, he is working with the Channel seed brand in Missouri alongside an experienced employee to prepare for a future career in the agriculture industry.
“I’m most excited about the opportunity to work with growers and learn from a great Monsanto team,” said Folta. “I am fortunate enough to be stationed at home for the summer, which offers me a unique chance to develop even stronger relationships with the local production agriculturists that I have grown up with my entire life.”
Throughout the summer, the interns will build strong sales skills and relationships with customers by participating in team and customer call projects. In addition, each intern will serve as a liaison between employees on various special projects and initiatives. With professional guidance, they will assist the local sales team in delivering outstanding customer service, while making industry connections and networking with other young professionals.
In the fall, Folta will be a junior at the University of Missouri majoring in agricultural education. While he never saw himself doing something like this, he is already enjoying it.
“A year ago I would have never thought I would be working for the Channel brand, so far I am hooked,” said Folta. “I’m excited to see where this internship takes me and wherever that is, the skills I learn this summer will benefit me in my future career.”
The internship program has been active for more than a decade, placing students on the inside track to a career with an industry leader. Like many companies, Monsanto uses its internship program to assess career potential. They often fill entry level positions with recently graduated former interns. Approximately 70 percent of the company’s district sales managers were once summer sales interns.
“We have great professional development programs and a history of building careers,” said Rodd Whitney, talent acquisition specialist. “I know our 2014 interns will excel in their roles because they represent some of the finest young agriculturalists in the nation.”