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Sarah Hansen

Major: Food Science



Year: Junior
Hometown/State: Granger, Iowa

Company/Organization: Cargill Kitchen Solutions
Company/Organization website: http://www.cargill.com/
Title: Food Safety, Quality, and Regulatory Intern
Destination: Mason City, Iowa
Timeframe: 05/2015 - 08/2015

Advisor/Coordinator Email: aoldham@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
I had 21 projects to work on over the summer, along with helping on the plant floor whenever a department was short on stakeholders. Some of my projects included: validating a freezer, creating a foreign object flow diagram, streamlining paperwork, assisting with new product test runs, and updating documents.

My most valuable effort...
My most valuable project was validating the freezer for our new production line. I was able to lead and design this project, with the help of my supervisors, so I felt very accomplished at the end of the summer when it was successfully completed. Also, it was a study that the company really needed, so it was a valuable experience to be able to substantially contribute to the company.

I learned...
My most valuable learning experience was learning to work with all types of people. Working in a plant is very different from working in an office. The stakeholders in the plant had a broad range of backgrounds, giving them a broad range of personalities, but this made the plant a very lively and fun place to work.

I will never forget...
The most memorable experience I have is training in all departments of the plant, while working all three shifts. It was a neat experience to get to work in each part of the plant, and see all of the daily tasks that have to be completed. It helped me better understand, and be more appreciative of the plant as a whole.

Advice for others...
My advice for other students would be to take each day as it comes, and not get too worked up about your projects in the beginning. Although the project list looks daunting in the beginning, you can get it all accomplished within the 12 weeks you're working there.

I first learned about this career-building experience from...
One of the Team Leaders from Cargill Kitchen Solutions came to a Food Science Meeting and got me excited about the company, and its opportunities.

I landed this assignment by...
I approached their booth at the Agricultural Career Fair, and then was offered an interview.

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