Student Spotlight: Mary Elizabeth Morris
Mary Elizabeth Morris is an Ag Business Management Senior with minors in Extension Education and Ag Entrepreneurship. Instead of going back to her family’s beef and pork farm over the summer, Morris tried something different and completed an internship with Bayer Crop Science, working with the Channel seed brand. This internship has opened her eyes to new opportunities in Ag business.
“My internship completely changed my mind about what I want to do in my future career,” she said. “I want to stay in the agricultural field because it is important to me to advocate for agriculture and educate consumers about not only where their food comes from but also how it is grown, produced, and gets right to their table.”
Coming from a livestock background, Morris was able to diversify her knowledge about the agriculture industry and learn more about the row crop and seed industry during her summer internship.
“When I started with Bayer, I was walking into it with little knowledge of row crops,” she said. “A goal I set for myself was to become more familiar with that side of the industry, so I asked questions, engaged in conversations, studied corn and bean crops outside of work and everything in between. I learned more about this industry area through conversations with growers, agronomists, my field sales representative mentor and others on my team.”
One thing Morris said will stick with her throughout the rest of her career and life is creating relationships. “That is how I learned so much within a short period of time,” she said.
When asked about her advice for students hoping to pursue internships, Morris advises students to be open-minded to the variety of opportunities that are presented to students, “ask questions, create relationships, and always be yourself!”.