Courtney Harder gives us a look into her summer as a Case IH intern. She returned to Case IH as a Combine Marketing Intern after interning in the crop production department last summer. Stay tuned to the Be Ready blog for more posts from our interns. And, if you or someone you know is interested in applying for a Case IH internship, visit www.campusconnect.cnh.com to view available positions.
I was fortunate enough to continue my experience with Case IH for a second summer, after interning in the crop production department in 2013. Much of what I learned during my previous experience carried over into this summer’s internship. My experience as a Combine Marketing Intern gave me hands-on education in Axial-Flow® combines and heads. I was able to participate in the wheat harvest in Texas and Oklahoma, where I ran custom harvesters’ machines and helped with the Case IH ProHarvest Kickoff safety meeting. These experiences allowed me to see a completely different side of the harvester market than what I was previously exposed to with my Iowa farm background.
One of my primary responsibilities was to create a Quick Start card, a product setup reference guide for operators, for the 3152-62 draper head to be included in the operator reference material of each unit. I also created informational posters for the Red Power Experience, which is a training event for Case IH dealers. In addition to these projects, I demonstrated the Case IH seed loss calculator to nearly 1,500 dealers and Case IH employees during Red Power Experience.
No two days were alike during my internship. I helped set up machines for the Red Power Experience, learned to drive bulldozers, windrowers and various tractors, and completed project work. My level of product knowledge grew substantially throughout the summer because of the product education opportunities Case IH interns are given.
The best part about this internship was definitely the people I worked with. My managers and those I worked with during the Red Power Experience made every day educational and enjoyable. In addition to Case IH employees, I met many wheat harvesters and Case IH dealers, which gave me a well-rounded education in the agricultural equipment business.
I can’t even begin to quantify how much I learned throughout this internship. The experiences and responsibilities I was given in both the marketing and operational sides of the business have definitely allowed me to prepare for a career in the agricultural equipment sales industry.