By Morgan Jones
Each summer, at the conclusion of classes, finals, and projects, several young people move all around the country to join the Trans Ova Genetics team as interns. Trans Ova offers several internships covering a wide variety of hands-on opportunities that pertain to the promotion, execution, and development of our company’s vision, to “Multiply Success.” While many of the interns work out of the Trans Ova Headquarters location in Sioux Center, Iowa, there are several other interns around the country working out of Trans Ova satellite locations including Chillicothe, Missouri, Turlock, California, and Boonsboro, Maryland.
The range of internship experiences varies, those offered by Trans Ova include marketing, client services, professional services, professional services in embryology, production assistants, and recipient herdsman opportunities. Below, each internship is listed with a description of the respective positions.
Marketing interns are responsible for helping collaborate with designing, managing, and brainstorming social media campaigns to be promoted on all major social media platforms. They are also given the opportunity to travel throughout the summer to different livestock shows and represent Trans Ova Genetics at tradeshow booths through building relationships with clients, livestock producers, and industry professionals.
Client services interns are responsible for assisting the client services team with their daily activities which include data entry, filing, and other operational processes. This specific internship position involves creating interactions and conversations with clients through written, verbal, and face-to-face interactions to assist clients in improving and building their herds through Trans Ova’s innovative reproductive technology.
The Professional Services interns are given the opportunity to perform a wide variety of tasks. One of the main duties of a professional service intern is to assist veterinarians chute-side in performing embryo transfers and in-vitro fertilization procedures. Interns also get to help with organizing and preparing livestock for such procedures. While a lot of the work done in this role involves working chute-side, there are also opportunities to work in the Trans Ova labs performing data entry and assisting with the flushing, freezing, and thawing of embryos.
The recipient herdsman intern has the main responsibility of assisting the recipient and donor cow teams with their daily activities. These activities include assisting with head detection, working with the chute, sorting cattle, and performing data entry.
Meet the Summer 2022 Interns!
Introducing Morgan Jones, one of two Marketing interns at the Iowa Corporate Headquarters location. Originally from Tuscola, Illinois, Morgan is a Senior majoring in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications with a concentration in Organizational and Community Leadership and a minor in Animal Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“Growing up showing and raising livestock, the livestock industry itself is something I have always had a strong passion for. Through being involved in the industry, I have shared a ton of respect for Trans Ova’s ability to assist clients in improving and building their herds through their innovative reproductive technology. I am extremely excited to travel to shows this summer and build connections with livestock producers across the country!”
Amy Wampler, is one of two Marketing interns at the Iowa Corporate Headquarters location. Originally from Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania, Amy recently graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science Business and Animal Management. After this summer, she will be attending Oklahoma State University to pursue a master’s degree in Agricultural Communications.
“Growing up in the livestock industry and pursuing an animal science degree at Penn State taught me that I love animal agriculture and people. I am excited to combine my passions in this role and explore a career path that allows me to continuously learn, grow, and connect with others who are just as passionate about animal agriculture.”
Welcome, Emily Fry, Iowa’s Client Services Representative (CSR) intern! Originally from Danville, Indiana, Emily is a senior majoring in Agricultural Business with a minor in Animal Science at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL.
“From a young age, I knew I had a passion for livestock and wanted to be engrossed in this industry as much as possible. When I first heard about Trans Ova Genetics and their ability to assist producers, build herds, and develop innovative ways to cater to the demand for either industry-changing livestock or stand-alone donors, I knew I wanted to be involved somehow. It is an absolute dream and pleasure to be a part of this company. I am truly excited to learn from the best and all the ins and outs the CSR team does on a daily basis.”
We would like to welcome Becca Barrington, a Professional Services intern working at the Turlock, California location. Originally from Fort Collins, Colorado, Becca attended Colorado State University, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience in 2019. She is currently attending veterinary school also at Colorado State University, where she will graduate in 2024.
“I am eager to learn as much as I can about the innovative technologies at Trans Ova Genetics, as well as the larger role that assisted reproduction plays in the world of agriculture. As a future large animal veterinarian, hands-on, real-world experience is key to becoming a great practitioner; I am excited to be doing just that with Trans Ova this summer!”
Meet Katie Stenger, one of the Professional Services Interns working at the Iowa Corporate Headquarters location. Originally from Williamsfield, Illinois, Katie is currently attending Kansas State University where she is pursuing her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
“I have always enjoyed working within the livestock industry and am excited to spend the summer improving the genetics of the next generation of cattle!”
Introducing Abby Peterson, one of the Professional Services Interns working at the Iowa Corporate Headquarters location. Originally from Albia, Iowa, Abby is going to be a Junior at Iowa State University where she is majoring in animal science with a minor in biology.
“Trans Ova has long been a company that displays a mission, culture, and service that I have admired and yearned to be a part of for many years. Their advancements in reproductive technologies and contribution to the genetic improvements of the global cattle industry captured my attention at a young age and ever since, I have aspired to be a part of the TransOva team. It is a true honor to serve as the professional services intern and I look forward to learning from industry-leading professionals while interacting with cattle producers around the country.”
Meet Cameron Choate, the Production Assistant Intern working out of the Chillicothe, Missouri location. Originally from Hubbard, Texas, Cameron attended Texas Tech University where she recently graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, and production.
“Growing up in the cattle industry Trans Ova Genetics is the name that comes to mind whenever thinking about reproductive work. I am grateful to work with such a great company this summer and am eager to learn more about the field.”
Meet Maddie Martin, the professional services intern working out of Boonsboro, Maryland. Originally from Protection, Kansas, Maddie attends Kansas State University where she is majoring in animal sciences and industry.
I grew up in the cattle industry and have always had a strong interest in reproductive technologies. Trans Ova Genetics is a leader in this industry, and I am very humbled and excited to be learning from the best. I believe this company can provide some of the best experiences and connections that you simply cannot find anywhere else!
Meet Josh Waller, the professional services intern working out of Sioux Center, Iowa. Originally from Trinidad, Colorado, Josh attends Kansas State University where he is majoring in Animal Science.
“Growing up in the livestock industry, genetic progress has always been a top priority for me. When learning about Trans Ova Genetics at a young age, I dreamed of having the opportunity of working with such a prestigious and advancing company. Genetic progress and reproduction efficiency is my passion, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to travel and work with Trans Ova and all of the cattle industry leaders.”
Meet Asher Mace, the Recipient Herdsman Intern working at the Iowa Corporate Headquarters location. Originally from Brazil, Indiana, Asher attended Black Hawk East College and then continued his education at Oklahoma State University where he recently graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science – livestock merchandising.
“Spending numerous hours throughout my life traveling the country working with cattlemen either at shows fitting cattle or helping managing herds. When the opportunity arose to spend some time in a new state, I took it and ran. Being around cattle is second nature so why not spend my summer doing what I love? Trans Ova is second to none and I am excited to take what I learn from these next few months and carry the knowledge with me throughout life.”
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