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Extension internship “the best summer of my life,” says Menomonie resident Hanna Vanderloop

Menomonie”s Hanna Vanderloop spent last summer as an extension intern, having fun and gaining experience that will help prepare her for a career in the dairy industry.

Vanderloop interned as a summer 4-H assistant in Chippewa County. During her internship, she helped the 4-H Agent, Jackie Johnson, with many events such as Area Animal Science Days, the Northern Wisconsin State Fair, 4-H Camp, Tractor Safety Clinics, Safety Day Camp, and the rocket launch.

Vanderloop was active in 4-H in Dunn County for 13 years. She held multiple club offices, was a youth representative on the Leaders Council, a camp counselor, fair superintendent, and held many other leadership roles. “I love 4-H and this job was absolutely perfect for me,” she said. Vanderloop is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison”s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

With all her 4-H experience, stepping into the internship wasn”t a great stretch for Vanderloop. For Area Animal Science Days, she accompanied agent Randy Knapp and a state dairy official on the Chippewa County Dairy tour to select the animals to be used in the judging competition.

At 4-H camp, she taught the counselors new games, songs and skits, and helped them plan successful sessions. “4-H Camp was awesome! I loved working with the adult staff and the other counselors,” Vanderloop said. “I brought a lot of new ideas to their camp and it was so much fun seeing the counselors use those ideas successfully. All the hard work and months of planning paid off. Everyone involved had a lot of fun.”

In addition to having fun, Vanderloop learned some life skills on the job. “I gained so much in the areas of leadership and communication through this internship,” she said. “I learned so much on how to successfully work with people of all ages, which will help me in any career I pursue.”

Vanderloop plans to major in chemistry or biology at the UW-Madison”s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and is considering a career in extension work.

“I would like to thank the James W. Crowley Management and Extension Fund for giving me this wonderful opportunity. This has been the best summer of my life and it wouldn”t have happened without their support,” Vanderloop said. “I have benefited so much through this job and had a lot of fun in the process!”

A scholarship awarded by the James W. Crowley Management and Extension Fund supported Vanderloop”s internship. The fund was established in honor of the late “Doc Jim” Crowley, an extension dairyman at the UW-Madison from 1950 to 1988.

“Dr. Jim Crowley”s dairy extension career epitomized what extension work is all about. He took technical information and taught dairy producers how to use this for their benefit back on the farm. As our dairy industry continues to apply innovations to everyday practices, we need bright, enthusiastic young people to carry on that Wisconsin tradition,” said Al Schultz, vice president of Vita Plus Corporation. “I am proud to be a part of the Crowley Fund Steering Committee and financially support several undergraduates as they ”try out” a job in dairy extension through a summer internship.”