Meet the Region 1 Rising Star Interns!

Region 1 Week 1

(L-R) Natalee Dippel, Alyssa Rosenbaum, and Madeline Robinson

The time has finally come, the Region 1 interns have arrived. Natalee, Alyssa, and Maddie have been introduced to their summer home in the Northwest region of Iowa on May 15. We have been very busy the first week touring county offices, starting projects, and becoming familiar with all of the wonderful staff we will be working alongside. Even with our busy schedule, we found time in our first week to visit the tulip festival and enjoy one of Orange City’s favorite traditions. This summer we will be harvesting at donation gardens, educating children on gardening and the importance of fresh produce, and promoting local foods. We are very excited to begin this summer’s journey. Follow us every step of our journey through our weekly blogs!

Natalee Dippel is a senior in Agriculture and Life Sciences Education- Teacher Certification from Belmond, IA. 

“I have always had a passion for youth and educating others about agriculture. I am looking forward to interacting with the youth throughout the Region 1 counties during the different programs. After graduation, I plan to work with youth as an agriculture education teacher and athletics coach in Iowa. In my free time, I enjoy napping, playing sports, being around animals, and spending time with my family.”

Alyssa Rosenbaum is a junior in Horticulture and Culinary Food Science from Sioux City, IA.

“I have always had a passion for cooking, gardening, and local foods. I am really excited to connect all three passions through this internship. I am especially excited to work hands-on in the donation gardens through the different counties. As of now, I am not sure what career I want in the future, but I do know that I would like to find a creative way to connect both horticulture and culinary food science. In my free time, I enjoy golfing, cooking, and gardening.”

Madeline Robinson is a senior in Liberal Studies with a Professional Field in Human Development and Family Studies from Cedar Rapids, IA. 

“I am passionate about learning and making education accessible for everyone. I have experience researching education curriculum, but this summer internship will be my first opportunity to implement lessons and view the children’s learning progression. I work for the “Parenting: It’s a Life” as an education specialist currently, and after college I plan to get my master’s in Public Health or Social Work. One day I hope to research and design puberty/sexual health curriculum for an organization, school district, or college campus. When I’m not in school or working, I love to read and travel to new places!”