Ala Trade

AlaTrade Invests in Growth with 2024 Summer Interns

This summer, AlaTrade is proud to host and nurture two ambitious interns. These young adults are entering their upper-level college courses and are gearing up to become young professionals. Our summer interns will be with AlaTrade until August, each one focusing on a different aspect of the company as they observe how they can utilize their expertise to positively impact the poultry processing industry.

The first intern of the summer that AlaTrade brought on is Alison Soriano. She began her internship on May 6, 2024, and her official role with the company is “Accounting Intern.” Soriano graduated from Albertville High School in 2021 and began her college journey at Snead State Community College. She is now pursuing a degree in Social Work with a Business/Finance minor at Jacksonville State University, aiming to complete the last half of her bachelor’s degree.

This summer, Alison is taking the opportunity to gain professional experience and “get a glimpse into the business/accounting world” while going through her accounting internship with AlaTrade. Some of the responsibilities Alison is being tasked with during her time at AlaTrade are managing postings and handling accounts payable. Soriano is a career and family-oriented young woman, and everyone at AlaTrade is delighted to have her with us until the internship ends in August. Beyond work and school, Alison enjoys reading, music, and puzzles.

On the other side of the spectrum is our seasonal Production Intern, Carson McKeen. Carson began his internship with AlaTrade on May 20, 2024, and he remarked that he was drawn to the company and what it could offer him because his grandfather affectionately “spoke very highly of it.”

Carson McKeen

McKeen went to high school in Birmingham, Alabama, at Briarwood High School. Continuing his education, McKeen moved on to his early courses at Huntingdon College. Moving into the last two years of his college career, Carson is currently majoring in Agricultural Communications, with a minor in Ag Business at Auburn University.

This internship is Carson’s introduction to the poultry industry, and he’s eager to learn about the production process as a whole, understand some of the specialized machinery used in the plants, work under all of the supervisors, and prepare himself for a career in the poultry industry, hoping to eventually own his own chicken houses. Outside of his passion for agriculture, Carson is an avid Auburn football fan and loves spending his free

time hunting and fishing. In high school, he even participated in the BassMaster Classic in Fort Worth, TX.

At AlaTrade, there are five well-established core values that drive what we do. Employee-owners are RESULTS driven, GROWTH minded, RESPECT focused, DEPENDABLE, and people of INTEGRITY. During their time at AlaTrade, it is our hope that these values resonate with these two individuals and guide them as they advance in their education and careers. Further, these five values are exemplified by the company’s eagerness to teach and work alongside this young man and woman. As a company, we are invested in the positive results this opportunity will give each intern. We are committed to the growth of each of these interns as professionals. We diligently nurture their skills with respect. Most of all, AlaTrade aims to be a dependable community that guides their decisions and experiences with care and integrity.