Student Profile

Kaylee Williams
Class of '14

Kaylee Williams graduated from the Agricultural Production PSM program in 2014 with a focus in Animal Production.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois.  During her undergraduate career, Kaylee realized that her background was heavy in research and science and she wanted to be a more rounded professional with business knowledge.  She states that she, “wanted to be more marketable as a potential employee in the animal health industry.” Kaylee’s internship was with Carthage Innovative Swine Solutions in Carthage, Illinois.  She is now aTerritory Sales Manager with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.  Her advice to students is to “take accountability for yourself, your learning, and your experience.”  There are plenty of opportunities to make connections, network and better yourself as a professional if you take the initiative and reach out.

Agricultural Production Degree Requirements

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The M.S. degree in Agricultural Production requires the completion of 42 semester hours as prescribed in the following four curricular components:

The program is designed to be completed in 16-months of full-time study on the Urbana-Champaign campus. Summer enrollment is required while completing the internship. A thesis is not required.

A student's curriculum will be developed with the major adviser and will vary depending upon his or her individual interests and career plans. A sample credit hour distribution is below, but individual student schedules may change depending upon curriculum and course schedule.


GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE WITH AN INTERNSHIP

A full-time internship is required in the summer following the first two semesters of study. In consultation with faculty advisers, each student finds an internship that meets his or her personal and professional career objectives. The internship requires the application of science and business knowledge and skills.

No coursework is taken during the internship. Summer enrollment is required in PSM 555.

Preparation and planning for the internship search should begin early in the first semester of study.

INDUSTRY SEMINARS FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Seminars cover additional business content and professional development. Seminars also feature industry guests, covering a range of topics relevant to today's science and technology fields.

Participation in the industry seminar is required each semester of enrollment. Seminars meet weekly. All Illinois PSM students participate in the same seminar, providing learning opportunities across science disciplines and industries. In the fall term, third-semester students present summaries of their internship experiences and mentor first-semester students in preparing for and securing internships.

 
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