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Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Student Interning with Cattle Breeder in South Africa

School of Polytechnic Studies

Darrin Lurkins of Vandalia, Ill., a senior at Southeast Missouri State University, is interning with a cattle breeder in South Africa. 

During his internship, he said he is learning about farming practices in South Africa, adjusting to the cultural change and trying to learn the native language.

“My favorite part of this internship is meeting all of the people and living in such a different environment,” Darrin said.  “I most enjoy reproduction and the genetics behind beef cattle in cattle breeding.”

He said that although there is a big cultural difference in the language and farming techniques, his internship is very rewarding. 

“This internship is opening many opportunities for my future,” he said.  “I am creating new contacts and potential business partners.”

Darrin said he received this internship opportunity through a South African breeder he met in Colorado at the National Western Stock Show.

He said he has enjoyed his time at Southeast, and he has received many opportunities.

“My favorite memories at Southeast are with my fraternity, Delta Chi, which I am a proud member of, and living on-campus all four years,” said Darrin.

“Southeast has really helped me to become a leader, and I also became even better at networking,” he said.

Darrin also commented that he recommends getting out and enjoying Cape Girardeau.

“A student should really go out of their way to know the town and all of the local bests,” he said.