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Advanced Search 2007 Business Development Intern Makes Big Impact
August 14, 2007

Clinton, NC -- was pleased to have Ashley Schmidt, a Hallettsville,Texas native, as their Business Development Intern this summer. is the leading online career site and human resource service provider for agriculture, food, natural resources and biotechnology.

Ashley is a rising senior at Texas A&M University were she majors in animal science with a dual minor in agronomy and agricultural economics.  Her background in agriculture consists of growing up on the family rice farm and cattle ranch, contributing as an active FFA member, raising commercial cattle, and studying abroad to Brazil.  Ashley currently serves as the President of the AgForLife Student Association at Texas A&M University, is a member of Alpha Zeta, and was recently chosen as one of the twelve Agriculture Future of America 2007-2008 Student Advisory Team members.

As an intern, Ashley has been based in the office in Ames, Iowa.  Her internship began May 16th and will continue until August 24th.  During the summer, she worked on numerous projects including; industry market research projects as well as an internship evaluation report, promoting the US and Canadian Ag HR Roundtables, and overseeing an update to the statistical analysis.  Additionally, Ashley helped coordinate and participate hospitality events for and their parent company during the 2007 World Pork Expo in Des Monies.

“Ashley has been a great asset to our team this summer, her knowledge and enthusiasm for agricultural business is evident in her work and interaction with our team and clients,” says Eric Spell – President of

The past week in Des Monies, Iowa, on the campus of Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Ms. Schmidt represented her generation, the millennial’s, as a speaker on a generational panel at the 5th annual US Ag HR Roundtable.  Over 160 human resource and recruiting professionals representing over 85 employers in the agricultural industry, engaged in the conversation as to effective methods for recruiting and engaging millennial’s in their workforce.

Erika Brandt, Marketing Manager for and coordinator of the annual Roundtable Conference stated, “Ashley is an excellent example of the type of millennial student that companies are seeking to add to their organizations.  She has a strong work ethic, high integrity and a passion for the industry.  Her perspective was appreciated by our audience who hopefully gained some insight to take back to their organizations.”

As Ashley returns to Texas to finish her senior year at Texas A&M, has invited her to continue her internship by working remotely from College Station.  “We are excited to have Ashley working with our team throughout the next year and we look forward to what she will be able to achieve,” says Spell. is dedicated to bringing together employers and job seekers through a targeted, online job board, with more than 1,000 new jobs posted each month from agribusiness companies across the world.  More than 4,000 applicants apply to jobs each month and the site has more than 1 million page views each month.  The site services companies throughout North America and Australia in all sectors of the industry. is headquartered in Clinton, North Carolina, with additional operations in Ames, Iowa; Fresno, California; London and Guelph, Ontario Canada, and Melbourne Australia. is a member of the family of companies.


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