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Mark Rathsack is not a typical college student who spends his summer chilling, watching Netflix, or relaxing. Instead, he spent his summer cutting and pruning trees, and injecting chemicals into ash...
Since a very young age, Meghna Mathews has watched her grandmother’s assisted living business prosper. She admiringly observed the challenges and hard work that filled her grandmother with reward and...
Who said it would be boring to do an internship at a government research office? Not Asma Palmer, an Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) Agricultural Business Management major from Columbia, MD...
After growing up just a few minutes away from her future workplace, Paige Moffitt was finally given the opportunity to not only visit but also intern at Norman’s Farm Market. She had driven by this...
After unpacking his belongings from school, Tyler Johnson packed again with his golf clubs this time and headed to his summer internship in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to work at Oakmont Country Club...
Internships are all about gradually taking off to eventually reach new heights. In Institute of Applied Agriculture student Benjamin Beaven’s case, that statement couldn’t be truer! Beaven had a...
From the time he could walk, Aaron Good knew he wanted to work alongside his father at Spring Branch farms. Spring Branch arms is a family owned and operated grain and livestock farm in Denton,...
Armed with a camera a laptop, Brooke Knauss was at the ready all summer getting the perfect shot with the Maryland 4-H Office in College Park, Maryland. Knauss is a second-year student in the...
Although a typical landscape architect designs gardens, parks and residential spaces, Alyssa Steele spent much of her summer pulling weeds. Steele, a second-year Ornamental Horticulture major at the...
Beall and Splash, the DNR water safety dog.
Participating in agriculture does not always mean spending time on a farm. In a state like Maryland with valuable natural resources that are limited and fragile, the Department of Natural Resources (...
Do you have passion in life toward something in particular or something that really matters to you? If that’s the case, meet Kristen Klebrowski, an Agricultural Business Management and Animal Science...
In one day Claudia Torrieri helped harvest 785 pounds of basil at Terp Farm. While that was a very long day for Torrieri during her internship, she managed it and enjoyed her experience. Torrieri, a...
While most students begin packing their belongings to head home for the summer, University of Maryland student Tara Strasser was mentally preparing to stay in College Park to extract DNA and harvest...
As the Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) welcomed the new academic year, we also welcomed four new faces to the IAA team! Each of them eager and excited to begin their new journey with Terps...
The Ruppert philosophy states that “taking excellent care of our employees will result in our employees taking excellent care of our customers.” For Brandon Writt, an Agricultural Business Management...
When you love what you do it's never really work. Institute of Applied Agriculture student, Jason Wildt he knew he wanted a career in golf course management ever since he was 16 and started working...
Flying down I-495 at 90 mph in a police interceptor as part of an internship mandated ride-along, Jack Williams knew he would have an exciting experience interning at the Montgomery County Council in...
Helping with mechanical work on small engines, learning different ways to hand water greens, and learning to operate a top-dressing machine were several tasks that Institute of Applied Agriculture...
Not many people can say that they are right in the middle of two worlds and bringing them both together, but Samuel Harris can. A resident of St. Mary's County in Maryland, Harris didn’t grow up on a...
One could say that Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) student Jessica Mendez had a ‘pawesome’ summer internship as a Veterinary Technician at Bennett Creek Animal Hospital in Clarksburg, Maryland...

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