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How one candidate found it with


Last spring Christopher Messer was looking for an internship to jump-start his career, and came across hundreds of opportunities online at He found to be very user-friendly, easy to navigate and said the best part was the ability to personalize search results. “I believe is the top resource for anyone in the agricultural industry who is job hunting,” said Messer.

Messer found a posting for the Western Corn Belt Sales Intern with Valent USA Corporation. He applied and heard from Valent within two weeks. Messer joined the company for their summer internship program, which included real world experience calling on new and existing customers. He travelled across four states and called on over 300 retailers and ag businesses, setting up meetings and phone calls.

Since he found internship success with, Messer is also using to find a full-time career. Messer shared, “Through my search I have already acquired an interview with a company I applied for using”

Messer is a senior at Iowa State University majoring in agronomy. Given his positive internship experience, Messer hopes to secure an ag chemical sales position after graduation. College students say that internships are their main source of skill development that lead to a successful career.1 Internships and related work experiences are important in securing full-time employment; agribusinesses report that most new graduate hires have previous internship or work experience. 2

“I believe that has helped propel my professional career and it is a valuable resource for anyone in the agricultural industry,” added Messer. currently has almost 500 ag internships and summer work experience positions posted, as well as nearly 6,000 other job opportunities. Start your search today on! Conduct a simple keyword search for “intern” or check out the internship web link. Try the advanced career search to narrow your search by industry, career, region and more.

1 2013 Perceptions of Agriculture Careers Survey

2 2012 U.S. Intern and New Grad Hire Report