Donnie Smith, CEO of Tyson Foods, will be the keynote speaker at the college student career program that will be held during the 2013 International Poultry Expo, part of the International Production & Processing Expo.

Smith’s presentation, Transitioning from Academics to Industry, will encourage and challenge students to work toward achieving their career aspirations as they move from academics to a work environment. The program provides companies with the opportunity to interview top students for industry jobs and internships in one location, during a three-day period. It has been a vital part of the hiring process for many companies for more than 40 years, with over 300 students from more than 25 universities participating in the program.

“Donnie Smith is an alumnus of the college student career program and now an industry CEO and leader, so who better to inspire students of all they can achieve in the poultry industry," said said Alan Duncan, chairman of the college student career program planning committee. "We are excited about his participation and know that this excitement will spread to the students as they learn from [Smith].” 

The 2013 IPPE, one of the world's largest poultry, feed and meat industry events, will be held January 29–31, 2013, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga. The college student career program is scheduled for January 29–31. Information on the program can be obtained at under the "Programs" header.


College Student Career Program

  • Rooms B-216, B-217 & Foyer 
  • Tuesday, January 29, 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 30, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 31, 8:30 a.m. – Noon

Opening Session with Donnie Smith, CEO of Tyson Foods:

  • Room B-206
  • January 29, 5:30 - 7 p.m.