This year, 15 summer students joined AFSC in roles across the organization, from customer services, insurance, digital services, loans and more. We asked four summer students to reflect on their time at AFSC so far.
Here’s what they had to say.
Ping, Digital Services
My name is Ping and I study Digital Media and Computer Software Development at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. This is my first summer with AFSC, and I’m an End User Support summer student.
I pursued a summer position with AFSC because I performed well during my studies and want to apply what I learned in the real world. AFSC has a professional IT department, perfect for developing my skills. Meanwhile, the AFSC provides equal opportunities to all applicants.
IT support is essential for all industries, including agriculture. AFSC assists Alberta farmers by providing agricultural insurance and financial services, an important component of food security. I am proud to contribute and to be part of this sector.
I learned a lot as a member of the digital service operations team. My role requires me to deal with various IT-related issues of all departments and branches. I learned to organize my schedule to help each caller on time and to use all reliable resources to find the solution efficiently. By the end of the summer, I hope to be confident and able to work as a full-stack technician, able to offer support from front end to back end.
My experience at AFSC will definitely come in handy. My colleagues have taught me a lot as a member of the digital service operations team. During this time, my supervisor arranged additional coordination opportunities for me with the Digital Service Foundation team. Playing multiple roles will help me gain more experience during my time as an AFSC summer student.
I enjoy working at AFSC so far. I am proud to offer IT support to help ensure food security in Canada.
I am currently enrolled in my fourth year of study at Olds College. In the fall of 2019, I started my post-secondary studies in agriculture Management degree program with a major in agribusiness, graduating with honors in the spring of 2021. Last fall, I started my Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in agribusiness. In May 2022, I completed my third year of study in the classroom and started my fourth year of school. My fourth year of schooling is called directed field study; Olds College developed this program to allow students to enter the agricultural industry with recent industry experience.
This is my first summer working with the AFSC, and it’s more than I expected. I work at the Grande Prairie branch. When I started with AFSC in May, I was working as an insurance summer student. I assisted Debbie in the Grande Prairie office, as well as the entire Northwest Insurance team. Recently, I moved to the position of trainee fitter for the northern region; in this role, I begin my training with Billi in Central Peace.
I pursued not only summer employment, but also a career opportunity with AFSC for multiple reasons. With my studies, I was looking for a career path that involved my love for agriculture and finance in one position. I first applied for a position as a summer loan student. At the time of my interview, these positions were already filled and that’s when I decided to opt for insurance. Going from being a summer student to adjusting allowed me to start learning the whole process of insurance.
I knew AFSC from my studies at Olds College and my experience in 4-H. At Olds College, our finance instructor, Mark Fournier, showed us where to find various information on the AFSC website. We then used this information during various missions. During our economics class, our instructor Brad Dowell showed us how the LPI program worked, and we used the LPI calculator on the AFSC website to help us complete our final project. AFSC is a part of my life because of its support of 4-H. AFSC is a sponsor of 4-H Alberta, and I proudly wore their logo on my back while representing the program.
I was able to apply much of my pedagogical knowledge to industry scenarios; it has been one of the most beneficial parts of my education and career so far. I learned how to create and complete different insurance claims and applications, guide clients through the reporting process, and be a support for everyone from the client to staff members.
My dream is to be involved in agriculture for the rest of my life. Right now, I see my future with the AFSC. I love being able to apply my education to my everyday life. My dream goal is to open an agricultural consulting business and apply my knowledge of agriculture, finance, marketing and business. I want to be a voice for northern producers and help them achieve their dreams in any way I can.
In my short time with AFSC, the experiences are already out of this world. The networks I have built with clients and staff across the province are remarkable. Learn the context of the work performed in each insurance claim. Every experience I encounter this summer will be useful in my future career.
Kale, product innovation
My name is Kale and I am currently enrolled at Olds College in Farm Management. I just finished my second year and am going back to graduate in the agricultural technology program.
This is my first summer with AFSC, and I’m on the product innovation team and doing product research. It’s been great so far, and it’s cool to see all the work being done at AFSC.
I had an idea of what it would be like to work at AFSC before I started because my mother worked at the Alberta Hail and Crop Insurance Corporation before it became AFSC, and my father works with the AFSC for crop coverage for years. The AFSC is definitely part of our family heritage and I am proud to be part of it.
So far, I’ve learned a lot about researching and presenting my findings in a corporate way. On top of that, I get a glimpse of where farming is headed. My team has given me the opportunity to see technologies enter our world, and in the future, I hope to design and implement these technologies.
AFSC and my team showed me what happens in and around the insurance side when these technologies are implemented. Technology is valuable, but I’m learning that without insurance to help mitigate risk, these technologies are less likely to be implemented and used.
The information and skills I learned at AFSC will become even more valuable as I turn my summer job into a career.
My name is Cody. I just graduated from Lethbridge College with an accounting degree and will be attending the University of Lethbridge in the fall to complete a degree in finance. This is my second summer working for the AFSC. Last year I worked in Lethbridge as a summer insurance student, working primarily at the Lethbridge branch, with occasional trips to Taber to help with land reporting. Now I’m a summer student on loan for the North East team, working out of the Lethbridge branch.
I sought employment with AFSC because I have an agricultural background and thought I would be a good candidate and gain good work experience.
Growing up, I knew AFSC primarily as a crop insurance provider; as a farm kid, we always had crop insurance with the AFSC. Over the years, I’ve had friends who have worked at AFSC in the summer, and they said it was a great experience.
So far this summer, I have focused on getting familiar with AFSC Connect loans, entering asset and liability balance sheets, income statements, balance sheets, and getting loan/payment statements. I learned how to make alterations, periodic overhauls, comparable sales and how to appraise farm buildings with the Douglas cost guide and appraise equipment using the iron guide. I worked to close a loan from start to finish. When I finish university, I hope to land a job related to agriculture. I think the amount of diversity you get in the farming industry is really cool, and there’s always more to learn.
My summers at AFSC were very informative and helped me decide which paths to focus on in school. My experiences here have given me insight into what it’s like to work in a financial institution. AFSC lenders gave me great career advice that I will keep in mind for the future.