lsc students intern this summer throughout wisconsin and beyond

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) has been featuring student interns this summer on Facebook and LSC has been well represented. Below are profiles of LSC students interning around Wisconsin, the country and internationally. Thank you to everyone who has shared your experiences so far; you make us proud here in Hiram Smith Hall.

Alexandra Branscombe

Meet Alexandra Branscombe, a senior studying Life Sciences Communication! This summer she’s up in Wisconsin’s Northwoods working as a communications outreach intern at the UW Center for Limnology (CFL)’s Trout Lake Research Station, where she writes press releases, updates websites and creates brochures and videos for the station. “My favorite part by far is following the researchers out into the field, then coming back and writing about it on the CFL blog,” she says. “I love learning and telling others about the exciting research being done by UW scientists and students.” Awesome work, Alexandra!


Tawny Chandler

Say “Nihao” to Tawny Chandler, who’s interning at the Hua Xia Dairy Farm in Sanhe, China! She’s using the knowledge she’s gained as a triple major in Animal Science, Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communication to help out with a wide variety of tasks on the farm. She’ll be working with the crop manager to improve corn silage production primarily, in addition to creating English content for the farm’s website. She’s also spending time each day giving English lessons to her co-workers. Sounds like a fantastic experience!

Sarah Dreifke

Meet Sarah Dreifke, a junior majoring in Dietetics and Life Sciences Communication! This summer she’s working as a dietetics intern for the American Diabetes Association, supporting summer camp programs for kids with type 1 diabetes. Working under a dietician, Sarah makes sure all meals have an accurate carbohydrate count, helps prepare late-night snacks (including “smunchies,” pictured here, made of sugar-free pudding & peanut butter on graham crackers—a camp tradition!) and gives presentations about managing diabetes through nutrition. Looks like a fun way to spend the summer!


Hannah Gerbitz

This just in from Hannah Gerbitz: “I’m a senior majoring in Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communication. I am interning at AgrAbility of Wisconsin this summer doing promotion and outreach work.” Thanks for sharing Hannah!


Lauren Holterman

Say hello to Lauren Holterman, a senior majoring in Food Science and Life Sciences Communication! This summer she’s working as a research and development intern at Clasen Quality Coatings, evaluating different ingredients for application in better-for-you and nutrition-focused confectionary coatings. Neat!



Taylor Holterman

Meet Taylor Holterman, a sophomore majoring in Life Sciences Communication! She’s currently working as a communications assistant at the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA), where she develops marketing materials, writes educational articles, designs informational brochures and photographs animals, veterinarians, clients, equipment and procedures to be used for WVMA communications. Great work Taylor!

Kate Mansfield

Check out Kate Mansfield’s summer internship in Ghana! Kate, a senior double majoring in Biology and Life Sciences Communication, is interning with New Seed International, a non-governmental organization that runs a school, health clinic and orphanage in Volta, Ghana for women and children with HIV/AIDS. Kate’s role is to develop a health and wellness program, while also working to improve the compound’s poultry farm and school garden. Sounds like an amazing experience, Kate!


Laurel Purves

Meet Life Sciences Communication student Laurel Purves! This summer she’s interning at the Credit Union National Association, a nonprofit organization that provides member credit unions with a variety of trade association services. Her job is to update CUNA’s publication “Copy and Art Express,” which helps credit union members understand confusing money topics such as retirement, taxes and college loans. “This internship has already been so much more than just a paycheck,” she says. “I’ve gained valuable writing and editing skills and learned how cool credit unions are.” Always good to hear!


Jordan Simonson

Say hi to Jordan Simonson, a junior double majoring in Life Sciences Communication and Agricultural & Applied Economics! This summer he’s implementing the knowledge and skills he picked up in the classroom at an internship with ABS Global, Inc. As the Advertising and Promotions Intern, he’s been doing a variety of video, web, design and market research projects, including putting together a 30-minute virtual tour of the ABS properties. Sounds like a great, well-rounded experience!

Are you an LSC student doing a cool internship this summer? There is still time to share a report with CALS via the College’s Facebook page here. Include your name, year in school, major, photo and a brief description of your internship.

You can also keep up-to-date with LSC by following the department on Facebook here and Twitter at @uw_lsc.