Five college students from across Nebraska are spending part of their summer as interns at the Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard and the Kimmel Education and Research Center.
The students began their internships in mid-May and will conclude them in August, then return to their respective schools to complete their degrees.
Breanna Jakubowski is a business and marketing intern. She has been working with the marketing staff at Kimmel to promote events through social media, the radio and the newspaper, along with learning about the business side of the operation.
Jakubowski, who is from  O’Neill, is studying agriculture and environmental sciences and communications with a minor in ag business at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
She sees the internship is a great opportunity for a student like herself and she sees Kimmel’s full summer events calendar is a great opportunity to develop her skills promoting all the festivals and events.
Gavin Nielson, who is from Nebraska City, is an intern in the Kimmel Research and Education Center, and he has been teaching coding and robotics to young visitors to the center.
He said the internship combines parts of his chosen field of study, music education, and one of his hobbies, technology, and that he’s gained experience that will help him in the classroom after graduation. He is a student at Midland University.
Emily Bledsoe, Adam Manglitz and Ryan Kummer are orchard technician interns, which means they perform a wide variety of jobs on the 98-acre property, from thinning apples to putting up posts for newly planted Honeycrisps to picking cherries to planting pumpkins.
Bledsoe, who is from Blair, is studying agribusiness with a minor in entrepreneurship. After graduation, she wants to return home to her family’s pumpkin farm and corn maze and add some apple trees to the property for diversity.
She had the internship in the back of her mind for two years because she first visited the orchard and vineyard with an entreneurship class she took as a freshman.
Manglitz, who is from Lincoln, is studying wildlife biology at Hastings College. He took the internship to gain experience in an agricultural setting.
Kummer, who is from Nebraska City, is studying diversified agriculture at Southeast Community College in Beatrice. He said he appreciates the hands-on experience he’s gaining at Kimmel.