Students Earn Career Training at Farm Credit East


Farm Credit East continues its successful intern program for college students in 2013 with eight interns focused on careers in agriculture. "It is part of our commitment to the future of Northeast agriculture," said Bill Lipinski, CEO of Farm Credit East, when describing the organization's intern program. "Our internship program challenges the participants and provides them with firsthand, real-world experience in their chosen fields."

This year's Farm Credit East team of eight interns included Christian Carrion, Cornell University; Darren Fuller, Hamilton College; Samantha Graf, University of Connecticut;  Alyssa Guilianelli, Delaware Valley College; Gregory Murray, Cornell University; Kaitlyn Miller, St. John Fisher College; Ashley Simmons, SUNY Cobleskill; and Casey Wells, Western New England University.

This 12-week internship opportunity is offered to college juniors each summer. Interns are placed throughout Farm Credit East branch offices. During the experience, students earn an inside look into Farm Credit East and the various careers available by shadowing employees of all different roles. Each intern also completes a major project, many of which fulfill business plan initiatives. These projects contribute valuable information to be used in reports and future planning.

"Our internship program serves as an excellent recruiting tool to maintain Farm Credit East's commitment to the Northeast agriculture industry," said Lipinski. "Our internship advisors work hard to put together a well-rounded experience so that each intern is exposed to agriculture native to that area."

Farm Credit East, the largest lender to Northeast agriculture, implements the program for individuals working toward degrees in agribusiness, accounting, finance or similar fields.

Interns are recruited from college campuses across the Northeast. On many of these campuses, Farm Credit East has established relationships with campus organizations such as Future Farmers of America (FFA), Farm Credit Fellows and 4-H. The organization also utilizes its network of customer and employee referrals to recruit interns and employees. For more information on the Farm Credit East internship program, please contact Briana Beebe at