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A Summer Internship Provides The Ability to Grow A Student’s Work Skills

a view of Cheyanne Maryellen from inside a chicken pen.

This geographic diversity of SUNY empowers students to explore communities much different from their own. Many students take advantage of this by participating in internships and other applied learning experiences that contribute to both their higher education journey as well as their global perspective. In celebration of National Intern Day, we are highlighting students throughout the system who are participating in internships this summer.

Cheyanne on one of her farm visits.

Cheyanne on one of her farm visits.

Cheyanne Maryellen Matulewich is in the Agricultural Business Bachelor of Technology program at SUNY Cobleskill. Cheyanne is currently an Agriculture Intern for the Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Troy, NY.

Cheyanne grew up in Queens, New York, and didn’t have the opportunity to learn about the farming industry firsthand. When it was time to decide where to attend college, she was attracted to SUNY Cobleskill because she would have that opportunity and also be allowed the freedom to delve into both plant and animal sciences through the Agricultural Business program. For her internship, Cheyanne wanted to explore further outside of her comfort zone and stay in the Albany area.

Cheyanne (right) with team member on farm visit

Cheyanne (right) with team member on farm visit

At the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cheyanne works with five team members, who all have their own specializations. Cheyanne comes with them on visits to local farms where she supports livestock educators and researchers to learn more about the key issues that farmers may be having and develop strategies to bring awareness to the capital region on these issues. Through this work, and her leadership in the SUNY Cobleskill student government and SUNY Student Assembly, Cheyanne has discovered a passion for advocacy and government relations.

“My favorite part about this job is working with the amazing team members of CAAHP. They are so passionate about what they do and they are always willing to answer my questions… it is just really amazing to work with professionals that can be so inspiring and dedicated to their job.”

Fueled by her diverse passions and talents, Cheyanne hopes to pursue a career in advocacy after graduation to continue working to amplify the voice of students and youth in New York State.

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Written by Taryn Rackmyer

Taryn Rackmyer is a recent graduate of Mohawk Valley Community College, now attending the University at Albany for Public Policy. Taryn is a student assistant for SUNY's Government Relations & Marketing Department.

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