This window contains TWO summaries of internships at Strawbale Winery

David Missal (Class of 2010) My internship at Strawbale Winery was packed full of great experience and knowledge that will help me down the road. I learned a great amount about marketing strategies, sales techniques, target markets, periodic newsletters, and production line efficiency. I would highly recommend this internship to anyone ready to work hard and gain a lot from their hard work.

Tom VerDouw (Class of 2008) I interned with Strawbale Winery where I focused primarily on marketing. My site supervisor was the owner, Don South. In the time I spent as the intern, I performed various tasks that were meant to enhance my marketing and sales knowledge.

On a weekly basis, I would do guided winery tours and wine tasting for our customers. I would help brainstorm and plan the winery’s biggest event of the year. I would even help with the production, bottling, labeling, and selling of the wines.

The highlight of my 160 hour internship was the winery’s biggest event of the year, Quilts and Vines. The first year event blew the roof off our expectations and helped get Strawbale Winery’s name out into the public. We were expecting to hang 275 quilts on the grape vines, and were expecting around 500 people to come. In the end, we had over 300 quilts and almost 1,000 guests out to the winery that day. It was a huge success.

Throughout my internship, I was able to gain valuable marketing skills and also able to see how much work it takes to have a startup business succeed. I am very privileged to have had an opportunity to work as an intern at Strawbale Winery and know it would be an excellent way for any student to better their business and marketing skills.