Grimmway Farms Celebrates National Intern Day; Sara Oliver and April Morris Comment
BAKERSFIELD, CA - We here at ANUK love celebrating, and one of the things we put in high regard is the value of good work. One day that’s worth rejoicing in is National Intern Day, and Grimmway Farms is joining us with the confetti poppers. The grower is fostering our industry’s future by celebrating its talented intern and summer work experience teams.
“Development of talent is the most important investment a forward-thinking company can make, and exposing students to the breadth of career experiences within the farming sector is exciting and eye-opening for them,” Chief People Officer Sara Oliver commented, noting that the intern programs are a “win-win” for the company and the students. “As a company, and as Grimmway employees, we are proud to support and engage with these incredible, enthusiastic students, and to have a lot of fun in the process.”
For decades, Grimmway has offered paid internship programs to qualifying students, along with a unique paid work experience program for children of Grimmway employees who currently attend high school and college. Grimmway’s program is designed to be a competitive, challenging, productive, and hands-on experience, which ties students’ current field of study in college to an applicable area of business. This year, the grower welcomed 16 interns to its team.
According to the press release, the students garner crucial experience in regulatory compliance, human resources, accounting, food safety, sales, agronomy, and production departments. Current interns enjoy an active program, including regular networking exercises and a celebratory, lunch-and-learn program with Grimmway Chief Executive Officer Jeff Huckaby.
“For a college student, the internship opportunity is an ideal way to gain insights that connect their field of study to the realities of the work,” said April Morris, Director of Employee Learning and Development. “An immersive experience can open more doors for exploration, help make decisions to navigate a more specific career path and build valuable experience. Undoubtedly, Grimmway also benefits through project and work contributions, diversity of thought and experience, and a pipeline of new talent for future employment.”
Not only does the grower offer paid internships, but it also provides a unique and robust work experience program, known internally as “Summer Help.” This year’s class has 21 participants, who are gaining valuable work experience in production, maintenance, business analytics, agronomy, transportation, and logistics.
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