Upcoming seminars provide insight into poultry career opportunities

September 24, 2012 under CANR News

While the economy may be not be strong, employment opportunities in the poultry industry are thriving. It is with this in mind that the University of Delaware will host a Poultry Careers Seminar Series throughout the month of October and into November geared towards students interested in a career in the poultry industry.

The seminars will all take place at 6 p.m. in room 101 of the Allen Laboratory and will provide students an opportunity to speak directly to employers offering internships, management trainee programs and full time positions. A free dinner will be offered before each seminar and there will be drawings for two $50 Barnes and Noble gift cards for students who attend all 4 seminars.

The seminars include:

  • Wednesday, 10/3: Why a Career in Poultry Science? Why not! Employment opportunities are still great in the poultry industry, and this seminar will include presentations from Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.—a nonprofit trade association working for the continued progress of the broiler chicken industry on the Delmarva Peninsula— who will present an overview of the industry and the many poultry career opportunities. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will also present, focusing on an overview of career opportunities available at USDA-AMS.
  • Monday, 10/8: How to Use Industry and Research Internships to Jump Start your Resume. Bernie Murphy, the General Manager of the Agricultural Division of Jones-Hamilton Co., will discuss internship and career opportunities at Jones-Hamilton Co. and collaborative research projects with UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). Jones-Hamilton Co. has been a leader in producing, packaging and distributing chemicals and products sold to manufacturing, processing and agricultural end users such as the poultry industry. Perdue Farms will also present, focusing on management training programs, internship and career opportunities in the company. Katelyn MacCann, a recent graduate from CANR’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences (ANFS), will be among the presenters.
  • Tuesday, 10/16: Domestic Career Opportunities in the Industry & Cooperative Extension Service. Mountaire Farms, a diverse, fast growing poultry and agricultural business which partners with local farming communities to raise chickens and grains, will give a presentation on management training programs, internship and career opportunities. The UD Cooperative Extension Service, which connects the public with University knowledge, research and resources to address youth, family, community and agricultural needs, will present on career opportunities and the CANR Cooperative Extension Summer Scholars Program.
  • Thursday, 11/1: National and International Opportunities in the Industry. Cobb-Vantress Incorporated, one of the the world’s leaders in research, development and sellers of breeding stock to the broiler industry, will give an overview of their international company and discuss internship and career opportunities. Elanco, a world leader in developing products and services that enhance animal health, wellness and performance, will also have a presentation given by Nannette Olmeda-Geniec, who works for them as a poultry technical consultant. Olmeda-Geniec earned her Ph. D at UD in the ANFS department and she will give an overview of the company as well as discuss internship and career opportunities.

There will also be information about a travel opportunity to Atlanta, Georgia in January 2013 to attend the largest international poultry and agribusiness trade show at the United States Poultry and Egg Association (USPEA) College Student Career Program. The program will allow students opportunities to interview with 25 regional, national and international poultry and agribusiness companies and organizations while having the opportunity to network with over 900 companies. Most student travel expenses are covered with minimal cost to students attending this conference.

Students interested in attending any of these seminars should log into their Blue Hen Career account to RSVP for the Seminar Series for each individual seminar so that food can be planned accordingly.

For more information, e-mail Diane Venninger at dvenning@udel.edu.

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