Last summer was the start of something big at Frontier Coop, which included the beginning of an internship program for high school students. This summer’s program is a paid internship where the students will shadow and learn about the jobs that can be found within a cooperative. The objective of the 8-week program is to teach students about the cooperative system and show them as many career opportunities as possible that exist within Frontier Coop, such as careers in Agronomy, Grain, Accounting, Administration, Precision Ag, Operations, Marketing, Safety, IT, and more. This could potentially help them with their career decisions and shape the path they may want to follow. If the students complete the program as expected, there is an opportunity to earn a $1000 scholarship to be used toward continuing their education. The first intern to be a part of this program was Carli Clark, a 2016 graduate of East Butler High School. Due to the success of Clark’s internship last year, Frontier decided to partner with North Bend High School, as well as East Butler, to continue another go-around of the program. This year, the two interns selected for the summer program are Lauren Rezac, East Butler graduate, and Dakota Chapman, North Bend graduate. The experience will include resume building, interviewing, job performance, evaluation and completion of the work assigned. These two will not only experience most of what Clark did last year, but they will also be exposed to new aspects of the company. Chapman plans to further her education at Iowa State University to obtain a degree in Animal Science, and Rezac plans to go to the University of Nebraska at Kearney to earn a degree in Communication Disorders.
“I thought it would be fun to get an idea of all the different aspects of the agricultural industry,” Chapman said. “Frontier is involved in a lot of different types of jobs and also is involved in a lot of communities the company is located in. I think it is pretty amazing that they want to be so involved with the communities, because in the end, that will make new relationships with the people as well.”
Although the program is still in the infancy stages, Frontier has gotten a lot of positive feedback from other school districts and students hoping to take part in the opportunity.