A PSU Student's Internship Takes Him Around the World

By Bryan McLoone | bmcloone@nexstar.tv

Published 01/24 2014 05:55PM

Updated 01/24 2014 07:23PM

PITTSBURG, KS.--- A Pittsburg State University student is seeing his dream become a reality while pursuing his career. Phillip Lierz's internship is taking him on a one week adventure overseas, but for Lierz, this is just one piece of the puzzle for something he's wanted since he was a young boy. While growing up working on farms, Phillip Lierz began to realize what he wanted to do with his life.

"I can't see myself doing anything but working on or around farm equipment. The ability for all these engines and all of these machines to feed the world, that is one thing that amazes me," said Phillip Lierz, PSU Student. 

Last May, the PSU senior started an eight month internship allowing him to work on farming equipment engines for a worldwide agriculture and construction equipment business.

"I've been able to be more self-independent, and understand what the real world is going to be like before I get out of college," said Lierz. 
Lierz will now be traveling for his internship to get more training on farming equipment, this time in Belgium

"Being able to go over there, see how they're put together, talk to people who built them, see what different problems we've had throughout the world on these machines is going to help me so much do my job better," said Lierz. 

Lierz says he realizes that opportunities he's had is a once in a lifetime chance

"It's made me a stronger person because of all the places I've been able to travel to," said Lierz. 

Lierz is leaving for Belgium tomorrow. He's graduating in May with an automotive technology degree. He already has a job lined up as well. He'll be moving north to Racine, Wisconsin to work with the company he did his internship with, New Holland.

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