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Dozens of SIU students attend Agriculture career fair

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A great opportunity Thursday for dozens of Southern Illinois University students going into the Agriculture field. The students got the chance to mingle with leaders in the industry for possible internships or job opportunities. 

One of those students is junior, Tori Brokering, who is majoring in Agriculture Business Economics and minoring in Marketing. "In the future, I would like to do accounting work for farmers," she says. 

Brokering has had much success attending the College of Agricultural Sciences' job fair, receiving two internships. Her first internship was at The Maschhoffs, a pig farm in Carlyle, Illinois. 

"I was actually analyzing freight cost," Brokering explains. "So if you ever heard of the Maschhoffs, they have a lot of pigs, which means they have a lot of pigs to move around." 

Brokering's next internship took place at Carbondale's Legence Bank as a credit analyst specializing in farm loans. The internship ended up turning into a part-time position that she still currently holds. 

Senior Charlotte Metz is another student who has made the most out of the career fair and has landed her dream job, "It's basically working one-on-one with farmers to make sure they are marketing their grain the best way that they can," she says. 

Metz was offered the position after receiving multiple internships through the company, but the opportunity all started at the career fair two years ago. 

"I talked to them about what positions would be available to me," Metz explains, "What opportunities and what doors it would open up." 

This year, 46 businesses sent representatives to the career fair. The companies have interests ranging from forestry to farm management, as well as, animal sciences. 

Peyton Gehrs, who helped organize the event, says students gain many skills, "They are able to understand the importance of meeting and speaking with different companies. Learning and researching these companies beforehand. We actually had some resume critique opportunities." 

This is the 12th year for the career fair, and SIU officials actually credit a graduating senior for bringing back the event. The student did not yet have a job, and demanded the event be brought back.

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