The Purdue University Pork Interest Group will hold its annual fall career night with speakers from the pork industry to educate students on internship and job opportunities in the field.
The event will be Oct. 6 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in lecture room 1-105 of Lilly Hall on Purdue's campus. A pork dinner donated by Zoetis, with side dishes sponsored by industry companies participating, will be served in the front lobby until 6 p.m.
Immediately after the dinner, six speakers will give short presentations on major career areas in the pork industry. There will also be a presentation highlighting the benefits of interning and tips on how to make the transition from life at college to work.
Speakers and topics:
- Ian Brooke, The Maschoffs: Commercial production.
- Joe Walder, PIC-Genus: Seed stock production.
- Jon Ferrel, Elanco: Pharmaceuticals in the pork industry.
- Jim Harding, Indiana Packers Corp.: Pork processing.
- Doug Erla, JBS-United: Feed industry.
- Max Rodibaugh and Daren Miller, veterinarians: Careers in veterinary medicine.
- Karen Lehe, Merck Animal Health: The benefits of interning.
- Brandi Kuntz, The Maschoffs: Transitioning from college to the workplace.
The event is open to the public, including college students and youth interested in the pork industry, regional pork producers and others in the industry.
Food will be prepared by Joseph Warter, a Purdue animal sciences student who has more than 13 years of experience as a chef and recently interned at Zoetis. He will talk about his experiences as an intern and give his views on why interning is worthwhile.
More than 10 companies involved in the pork industry will have booths in the lobby before and after the event to talk to students about internship and career opportunities.
Those interested in participating in the free event should RSVP by filling out the form at http://www.ansc.purdue.edu/PIG/rsvp.htm by Oct. 4.