Jensen, '24, is first DTB Agritrade Intern

24 Aug 2023    

3L Turner Jensen

Turner Jensen, '24, is the first intern in a new partnership between the Clayton Yeutter Institute and DTB Agritrade, a DC-based consulting firm specializing in agricultural trade policy. He spent the summer working on agricultural trade issues in D.C. 

Read a Q&A with Jensen from the Yeutter Institute newsletter below.

Can you tell us about your involvement with the Yeutter Institute?

During my first year at Nebraska Law, I had the privilege of meeting Professor Matt Schaefer, the Clayton Yeutter Chair at Nebraska Law who was also my professor at the time. He introduced me to the Yeutter Institute and its impactful work. Intrigued, I joined the Global Trade and Business Think Tank at Nebraska Law, which provided a fantastic opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals interested in international trade. Attending the Yeutter Institute's events was truly enriching, allowing me to learn about diverse research and to network with remarkable people, including Professor Jill O’Donnell, the Director of the Yeutter Institute.

Congratulations on being the first intern at DTB Agritrade! How does this opportunity align with your career goals?

Thank you! It's been an incredibly exciting experience so far. As an intern at DTB Agritrade, I've delved into international trade law and explored various trade issues, not only limited to agriculture. The role has exposed me to abundant resources by prestigious organizations like the World Trade Organization, which has been crucial in expanding my understanding of trade law and deepening my passion for it.

Furthermore, this experience has provided an excellent platform for gaining insights into crucial agricultural issues. I've had the privilege of delving into how both lawyers and non-lawyer consultants can offer valuable support to agricultural producers and exporters through diverse means. This exposure has not only broadened my understanding of trade law but has also ignited a profound passion for this field.

Also, the networking opportunities have been exceptional, helping me explore potential future paths in international trade law.

What challenges have you encountered during your internship, and how have you overcome them?

For starters, coping with the intense heat of Washington D.C., which is crucial knowledge for anyone planning to work here! Moreover, the role demands great attention to detail, as even the smallest error can have significant consequences. To navigate these challenges, I try to stay curious which pushes me to yank myself out of my comfort zone to learn new things every day.

Thankfully, the workload allows for some flexibility, enabling me to pace myself and manage my time effectively. This ensures that, by the end of the day, I am not only able to meet expectations but also find time to rest and recharge.

What are your plans after completing this internship?

I'm currently keeping an open mind about my future plans, but I'm genuinely enthusiastic about working in international trade, particularly international finance. My time at DTB Agritrade has made me more interested in staying within the agriculture industry, given the vast opportunities it presents. Additionally, working in agriculture would allow me to support and advocate for farmers and communities like the one I grew up in, which further adds to the excitement of pursuing a career in this field.

How do you manage to maintain a work-life balance with such a busy schedule?

Balancing work and life effectively comes down to understanding yourself and recognizing your limitations. I think for the most part, self-awareness plays a significant role in finding that balance by finding the best ways to relax and unwind. In my case, working away from home, I’ve found that bringing along familiar comforts from home could be a great way of decompressing and attaining that healthy work-life balance.

Finally, what advice would you offer to other UNL students interested in pursuing opportunities in international trade and agriculture through programs like the Yeutter Institute?

My advice would be to seize every opportunity available during the semester to stand out and get involved in a variety of experiences. For instance, my participation in the Yeutter Institute's Global Trade and Business Think Tank led to my previous role as a research assistant, which ultimately opened the door to my current internship. The right opportunities can truly set you apart and pave the way for a rewarding career. So, be proactive, explore different opportunities, and find unique ways to use your past experiences to tell a story that shows why you fit into the specific positions you are interested in pursuing.