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Biology Major Jonathan Cole Completes an Internship in the Plant Regulatory Program (Summer 2010)

Photo of Jonathan ColeThe Plant Protection Section was pleased to host Jonathan Cole as part of this year's Youth Advocacy and Involvement (YAIO) State Intern Program. Jon was one of two interns that worked for the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA & CS). He was one of 64 interns, from a pool of 930 applicants, that was assigned a project. The other NCDA & CS intern, Katie Ray, worked as a NC State Fair Public Relations Intern. Jon is a senior at UNCP and will be earning his Bachelor's Degree in Biology after the fall 2010 semester.

Jon's project, which was submitted to YAIO by Rick Iverson, provided valuable assistance to the Weed Regulatory Program. During his 10 weeks in the program, he documented locations of itchgrass in Robeson County, with GPS technology, and he assisted witchweed and tropical soda apple surveys. Jon's day-to-day activities were supervised by Rick Gregory. At the end of the YAIO internship, Jon agreed to continue his work as an NCDA & CS temporary employee on the itchgrass project.

The YAIO internship program provides an excellent government work experience for students with a variety of interests and training. During the 10 weeks of the program, interns are given the opportunity to participate in social activities, such as a reception at the Governor's Executive Mansion for all interns and their supervisors, and a trip to the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. Rick Iverson and Jon participated in this year's reception, held on Tuesday, July 20.

Photo of Rick Iverson and Jonathan Cole

Article written by Rick Iverson.

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