Eight weeks sure flies by! Not only was each week of my internship at the California Rice Commission (CRC) filled with many activities, I was challenged to maximize my learning every day. Now, much gratitude and happiness fill my heart. This internship experience has truly changed my life.
At the beginning of my internship, I wrote how I wanted to “contribute my willingness to learn and ask questions, passion, and background to bring a new perspective to the CRC.” Upon reflection, I believe I’ve followed through in this area of my goal. However, my time at the CRC has given me more than I could imagine. Not only have I gained a well-rounded perspective of the rice industry, but also the details of working in a highly regulated agricultural state like California.
The staff at the CRC has consistently shared the complexity and importance of rice in each of their areas of expertise. With an internal perspective, I am amazed at the amount of quality work each manager accomplishes weekly. They are a great reflection of the real and authentic nature of the California Rice industry.
During one of my last trips to rice country I provided a few thoughts about this great experience.
I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart all the growers, millers, and staff of the CRC for providing such a pivotal experience for me. It has been a privilege to learn and be a part of the industry. It’s something I won’t forget. Your investment to educate me and teach me life skills will be used to better agriculture as a whole. I look forward to future contact with the rice industry, which I hope will be often.
Thank you again for helping shape me in my career and as an individual. Now, I truly can say I am a rice fan for life!