Career night to provide information on pork industry careers

September 21, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — As students begin their search for internships and regular jobs, a career night on Oct. 3 will give them the chance to learn about opportunities in the pork industry.

Hosted by the Purdue University Pork Interest Group, the Fall Pork Career Night will take place 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Room 3-113 of Lilly Hall.

Representatives from pork industry businesses MPPP Farms, Pig Improvement Company North America, Indiana Packers Corporation, JBS United, Novus International and Pfizer Animal Health will give brief presentations. They also will take part in a panel discussion about careers in commercial production, seedstock production, pork processing, the feed industry and supporting industry sales and technical support. Andon Boocher, a 2005 Purdue animal sciences alumnus, will share his experience in transitioning from college to a career in the pork industry. He will give students advice on what they should do while still in college and what companies are looking for in graduates.

"It is important for students to realize the variety of career opportunities available in the pork industry. Each company will discuss what they look for when hiring, which will be useful to students as they apply for jobs," said Allan Schinckel a Purdue Extension animal scientist.  

Schinckel said interest in the event, now in its third year, has increased since it started. He expects 20-30 students to take advantage of the program, which is one of several the department puts on to help place students in internships, full- and part-time jobs.

The Fall Pork Industry Career Night will be recorded and posted to the Purdue pork page at and the Department of Animal Sciences' career page at   

Pizza will be served. Those interested should RSVP by Oct. 1 to or 765-494-4836.

 Writer: Jeanne Gibson, 765-494-8402,  

Source: Allan Schinckel, 765-494-4836,

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