An Inside Look at Internships at Bayer CropScience
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
By: Cory Wade, Communications Intern
Each year, Bayer CropScience seeks outstanding college students to get first-hand experience in agribusiness. Our goals are to provide stimulating challenges and real-life experiences for students who could become future Bayer employees. Interns are paired up with mentors at Bayer in finance, manufacturing, communications, biotechnology and field-based roles, such as sales, technical service and product development.
Cory Wade, an intern from North Carolina State University, gives an insider look at his internship experience in Bayer’s communications department:
My first day at Bayer was a hot, humid Carolina Tuesday. I came to the Bayer CropScience family in May with wide-eyed enthusiasm and an excitement to get my hands in the dirt. And, from my perspective, the beautiful thing about Bayer was that the leaders let me get on the high dive and jump in.
At my first large undertaking at Bayer, I was fortunate enough to work with the amazing folks at Passage Home in the South Park neighborhood of South Raleigh. My task was to organize and execute six “Bayer CropScience Days” at the Passage Home Summer Camp. Each week during the summer, Wednesdays were designated as Bayer days, where Bayer employees volunteered to help teach and reinforce an agricultural lesson. Some of our activities included traveling to the Clayton Research Farm, visiting the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science, and learning about turfgrass management at the NC State University football field. It was a very unique experience to watch this relationship between Bayer and Passage Home. Employees taught children the very basics of where their food comes from while the children discovered the interconnectedness of agriculture, how plants are the very basic building blocks of our food system and how insect pollinators like bees and butterflies are integral to sustainable agriculture.
During the summer, I also participated in the Cultivating Ideas Together Conference wherein several large growers from Florida, Arkansas and Illinois visited the Research Triangle Park site to share insights about their challenges and success as farmers. Questions were raised like: “What do growers value about Bayer? Where can Bayer improve? What needs do farmers have that aren’t currently being met? What challenges can Bayer and farmers partner together to resolve?” These insights from the field touched on areas from agricultural literacy to the importance of sustainable practices. It was invaluable for me to watch customer-centricity in action. Watching the two parties sit down at the table and work to solve problems for an industry as diverse and complex as agriculture really illustrated how essential the collaboration between Bayer and growers has become— and when the grower succeeds, so does Bayer.
Whether it was volunteering and teaching agricultural literacy to the campers at Passage Home, meeting and hearing from our customers, or just building relationships with the employees around the office, I’ve had an overwhelmingly positive experience. My positive experience at Bayer CropScience is not unique—around a dozen interns across the country had similarly engaging and experiential internships.
Learn more about each of our 2012 Summer Interns and their projects:
Kansas City Site
- Brett King
- School: University of Missouri- Chemical Engineering
- Projects: Waste water piping estimation, sample point analysis, floor plan update and flange covers
- Jacob Conner
- School: University of Central Missouri
- Projects: Researched hazards of metalworking fluids, conducted exposure monitoring for metalworking fluids
- Amy Roggendorf
- Projects: Created clipper replacement for Sencor, time cycle analysis for recent Folicur crystallization changes
- Beau Rothwell
- Projects: Procure and test demo unit for HCl gas analyzers (open path laser model), create hydrogen peroxide runaway decomposition emergency procedure, perform audit in the plant after recent installation (four eyes principle)
- Tyler Pudenz
- School: University of Missouri- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Projects: Upgraded analog sensor displays into digital format for better comprehension and accuracy, created drawings and circuit diagrams to simplify installation, designed and tested interface software to display necessary information
- Katie Gray
- Projects: Waste Reduction and Minimization update and analysis, created surveys for electronic logbooks, reliability of FID and oxygen analyzers for CMAS
- Jennifer von Hausen
- Projects: Recycling and HVAC unit replacement, hot water heater addition in main locker room
North Iowa District
- Lauren Fox
- Projects: Intranet content management, graphics, video and photography
Research Triangle Park
- Carly Martin
- School: Iowa State University
- Projects: Shadowed local sales reps, created video content about aerial applicators, sales support
- Anne Tully
- School: University of Cincinnati
- Projects: worked on sustainability initiatives as they related to marketing
- Cory Wade
- School: North Carolina State University
- Projects: Bayer Volunteer Days at Passage Home Summer Camp, Pollinator Week, lead for BCS activities at National FFA Convention, external media relations support, Farm Progress Show, Greenhouse 5 Opening
Thank you Cory for a great recap of your internship experience! It’s students like Cory and the other summer interns that give us all hope for the future of agriculture. Their brilliant minds, work ethic and passion for agriculture made for a wonderful summer program, and we know all of this year's interns have bright futures ahead! Are you interested in interning at Bayer CropScience this summer? Check out openings or submit your credentials at www.bayerjobs.com.