Upcoming seminars provide insight into poultry career opportunities

The University of Delaware will host a Poultry Careers Seminar Series throughout October geared towards students interested in a career in the poultry industry. The seminars will all take place at 6 p.m. in room 101 of the Allen Laboratory and will provide students an opportunity 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 more than 2 seminars. The next seminar will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 7 and will focus on learning about management training programs and what companies are currently hiring. Speakers include Ronnie Phillips, who works in human resources for Mountaire Farms, a diverse and fast growing poultry and agricultural business which partners with local farming communities to raise chickens and grains to feed them, and Leah Snyder Santiago, a UD alumnus and assistant manager at the International Standard of Excellence (ISE) America’s table egg complex in New Jersey. ISE America is a totally integrated egg laying and production operation and sets the International Standard of Excellence in egg production. Additional seminars will be on Tuesday, October 13, and Thursday, October 22. Presenters at these seminars will include representatives from Perdue Farms, Cobb-Vantress, the Phibro Animal Health Corporation and more. There will also be information about a travel opportunity to Atlanta, Georgia in January 2016 to attend the largest international poultry and agribusiness trade show at the United States Poultry Foundation’s College Student Career Program, which is held in conjunction with the International Production and Processing Expo. The program will allow students opportunities to interview with 25 regional, national and international poultry and agribusiness companies and organizations while having the opportunity to network with over 1,200 companies. The Expo is expecting more than 25,000 attendees from all over the globe and most student travel expenses including transportation, hotel room and some meals are covered with it only costing students $75 to participate in the career program and trade show. To apply, students must submit a 1-2 page essay of why they would like to participate in this program. Students need to have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and include their major and their expected month and year of graduation. The essay should be in Arial 12-point font, double-spaced and students should also include a copy of their resume. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, October 15 at 5 p.m. Students interested in attending any of these seminars are requested to log into their Blue Hen Career account to RSVP for the Seminar Series or RSVP to Diane Venninger at dvenning@udel.edu for each individual seminar so that food can be planned accordingly. Please submit essays and resumes as a Word or PDF file to Venninger at dvenning@udel.edu.