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James W. Crowley Management and Extension Fund supports valuable internship experiences for UW-Madison students

With college students starting their search for summer internships, it”s nice to know that there are positions available to give students a chance to see what a career is like. The James W. Crowley Management and Extension Fund supports experiences like that every summer.

“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.”

Last summer, Lindsey Worden and Hanna Vanderloop worked as extension interns – having fun and gaining experience that will help them prepare for a career in the dairy industry. Both students attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison”s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, where Worden is a junior double-majoring in dairy science and life sciences communications and Vanderloop plans to major in chemistry or biology.

Both Worden and Vanderloop grew-up involved in 4-H. These great experiences led them to pursue internships in extension.

Worden, of Cassville, N.Y., worked for Ted Halbach, the UW-Madison extension dairy youth specialist, planning dairy events last summer as the UW-Extension dairy youth program specialist.

“I was mainly responsible for contacting volunteers, doing appropriate mailings, corresponding with participants, and writing press releases” Worden said. “At Area Animal Science Days and the State 4-H Senior Dairy Judging Contest, I helped select classes, make sure that they got to the ring on time, judged showmanship, and ran the reasons order. At the Wisconsin Junior State Fair, I coordinated the herdsmanship judging and the James W. Crowley Leadership Awards.”

“I really enjoyed everything that I did!” Worden said. “Badger Dairy Camp and the Brown Swiss Youth Olympics were my two favorite events for the summer.”

In addition to having fun, Worden collected life skills on the job. “My communication skills definitely improved. By having to talk on the phone, e-mail, and write letters, I learned to communicate much more effectively,” she said. “I also improved my troubleshooting skills, and working under pressure. I learned to get along and communicate with all different types of people, from judging team coaches to the 12-year old kid at Badger Dairy Camp. I did not have an experience this summer that I didn”t enjoy. Extension is definitely still a career possibility for me.”

Vanderloop, of Menomonie, Wis., interned as a summer 4-H assistant in Chippewa County. During her internship, she helped 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.

“I gained so much in the areas of leadership and communication through this internship,” Vanderloop stated. “I learned so much on how to successfully work with people of all ages, which will help me in any career I pursue.”

Both of these internship opportunities were made possible by a scholarship awarded by the James W. Crowley Management and Extension Fund. Both students recognize that their internships were vital and they are very grateful for the support and assistance that the James W. Crowley Management and Extension Fund provided.

“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!”

“I really appreciate the support that the James W. Crowley Extension Fund provides for this internship,” Worden said. “I feel that it is a very valuable experience. I know that I definitely benefited from it, and I”m glad to know that others will be able to experience similar benefits from the program.”

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,” stated Schulz.

The James W. Crowley Management and Extension Fund is made possible through donations by dairy supporters. For more information about the Crowley Fund, you can contact committee chairman Al Shultz. Donations for the James W. Crowley Fund can be given through the UW Foundation. For more information about donating to the UW Foundation”s James W. Crowley Fund, contact Jodi Wickham at (608) 263-2027.