With employment opportunities in the poultry industry thriving, the University of Delaware will host a Poultry Careers Seminar Series starting Sept. 26 and running into October geared toward students interested in positions in the field. The seminars will all take place at 6 p.m. in Room 101 of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Allen Laboratory and will provide students opportunities to speak directly to employers offering internships, management trainee programs and full-time positions. A free dinner will be offered before each seminar and there will be drawings for two $50 Barnes and Noble gift cards for students who attend all four seminars. The first seminar will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26, and will feature Connie Parvis and Byron C. Field. Parvis is the director of education and consumer information at Delmarva Poultry Industry (DPI) Inc., a nonprofit trade association working for the continued progress of the broiler chicken industry on the Delmarva Peninsula. Members include more than 1,000 farm families raising chickens, five poultry companies producing birds for farmers, and thousands of poultry company employees and allied industry suppliers of products and services. Field is the federal state supervisor of the Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). AMS Poultry Programs facilitates the marketing of poultry, poultry products and eggs. The USDA AMS also oversees the efficient, fair marketing of American agricultural products, including food, fiber and specialty crops, in the global marketplace. Additional seminars will be on Tuesday, Oct. 15; Tuesday Oct. 22; and Wednesday, Oct. 30. Presenters at these seminars will include representatives from Perdue Farms, Cobb-Vantress, Mountaire Farms, UD Cooperative Extension and more. There will also be information about a travel opportunity to Atlanta in January 2014 to attend the U.S. Poultry Foundation’s College Student Career Program, held during the International Poultry Expo, a major international poultry and agribusiness trade show. The program will allow students opportunities to interview with 25 regional, national and international poultry and agribusiness companies and organizations and to network with representatives of more than 1,100 companies. Most travel expenses are covered with minimal cost to students attending this conference. Students who attended the trade show last year said they found the event to be incredibly beneficial, with all five seniors and the one graduate student receiving one or more employment offers, and with at least three of the students accepting positions and now working in the poultry industry. Students interested in attending any of these seminars should log into their Blue Hen Career account to RSVP for the seminar series or write to Diane Venninger at firstname.lastname@example.org for each individual seminar so that food can be planned accordingly. For more information, email Venninger at email@example.com.