Bison Bellows – Kevin Chetwynd

Kevin Chetwynd is a member of the Class of 2022 from Reading, MA. He is a Management major with a minor in Marketing. He will also be getting an Entrepreneurship Certificate. Kevin worked as a Marketing and Data Analytic Intern at Royal Bluff Orchards in Washington state. Kevin worked on a data analysis project, as well as gained hands-on experience working in the field. He received the opportunity pre-COVID and was given permission to peruse the internship as planned, despite the pandemic. He spent the first two weeks working remotely in quarantine until he was allowed in the office for the remainder of the internship.

Kevin talked about his unique day-to-day experience and said he was “Working 3 days a week in the office digitalizing data of crop that was packed from previous years. I used this data to make market assumptions based on the data collected. My role also included 1 day a week working on labor extensive projects in the fields, and 1 day a week on a field trip in Washington to better understand the data being collected.

When asked how he felt about interning during a pandemic, Kevin replied “I think it shows great integrity to work during a pandemic. My advice, don’t let COVID-19 discourage you from making the most out of a wildly unpredictable situation – you might end up learning a thing or two.

Kevin also mentioned “I never thought I would find myself working for an apple orchard in Washington. In doing so, I learned so much about an industry I had never been exposed to before. The most memorable experiences are the ones right outside of your comfort zone.

He also said the advice he would give to others is “If you are a Freshman, start making connections with your professors and faculty members now. The CPDC and amazing alumni connections at this school want to give you opportunities to succeed but only if you keep an open mind.  Go out of your comfort zone, try new things, and build relationships along the way.

We would like to thank Kevin for taking the time to share his experience interning through the pandemic. The CPDC wishes you the best of luck with your future.

By Deegan Eggleston
Deegan Eggleston