Home / Careers / College connection / Day in the Life / day in the life of a live production intern

Day in the life of a Live Production Intern

Day in the life of a Live Production Intern


To get a sense of what a typical day is like for a Live Production Intern, take a look at a day in the life of Ryan, who worked in Spicer, Minnesota.  This is an entry from his eighth week at Jennie-O Turkey Store. 


7:00 a.m.

Arrive at the Spicer office to pick up the company vehicle and begin my day. Once in the vehicle, I drive to the Atwater Lab.


8:00 a.m.

Arrive at the Atwater Lab. Here I will pick up my sampling kits, label them, and wash my vehicle if it isn’t already. Once these are all completed, I begin driving to the first farm of the day.


9:30 a.m.

Arrive at farm number one and begin collecting environmental and litter samples in the scheduled barns. The order of the farms that I travel to is dependent on the age of the birds that will be on the farms that I’m visiting. I travel from youngest to oldest, and follow strict rules in order to maintain bio-security and prevent the spread of disease. Some of these rules or guidelines that are involved with bio-security include: washing the tires on my truck upon arrival to each individual farm, switching coveralls between each farm, switching plastic booties between each barn, and making sure I don’t come into contact with a grower barn when entering a brooding barn, and showering before entering my fourth farm of the day.

Once the samples have all been taken at farm number one, it’s time to head over to farm number two. I place the collected samples in my cooler, place my dirty coveralls in their designated bag, and enter the address of the next farm into my GPS.


11:30 a.m.

Arrive at farm number two, follow the guidelines of bio-security upon arrival, and begin sampling. After the second site is completely sampled, it’s time for lunch.


12:30 p.m.

Eat lunch and grab something to drink, while on my way to my third and final farm of the day.  After I’m done eating, it’s time to sample the last farm of the day.


1:30 p.m.

Arrive at the third and final farm of the day. I begin sampling the scheduled barns with the rules of bio-security on my mind.


2:45 p.m.

Leave the final barn of the day after the sampling is complete. My goal now is to bring my acquired samples for the day back to the Atwater Lab so that they can be analyzed and entered into an electronic database. I check my schedule and determine what I need to do for my sampling tomorrow. This includes: the type of samples I need, how many coveralls I will need, which supervisors I need to call in order to let them know that I will be on their farm, and whether or not I need to get gas depending on the distance I’ll be traveling.


3:45 p.m.

Arrive back at the Atwater Lab and place the samples from the day in the necropsy refrigerator. Once the samples are in the refrigerator, I will make the sample kits required for tomorrow.


4:30 p.m.

Leave the Atwater Lab and wash my company vehicle at the wash station. Once the vehicle is cleaned inside and out, I can return to the Spicer office.


5:00 p.m.

Arrive at the Spicer office. Park the company vehicle and head home.