Kraig Schulz

BA, Economics, University of Minnesota

Current Job

Market Research, Partner at Marakon Associates, Partner at Ernst and Young, CEO of Autonomous Tractor Corporation

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) Country of Service

Mali

RPCV Service Years

1993-1996

RPCV Service Sector

Agriculture

How did the AREC program connect your service and help you prepare for your professional experiences?

It is a great program for practical problem-solving. I focused on the statistical aspects of the program with the Administration's support and turned that into a career I had no idea I would ever have in consulting to many of the largest and most successful companies in the world. While I pursued a more mainstream career I always felt connected to the agricultural sector through my PCV experience that was reinforced through AREC. I ultimately ended up in the ag sector and think of my many experiences in both the Peace Corps and AREC often. I am indebted to the U of A and AREC for where I am today and hope to repay their investment in me whenever I can.

Why would you recommend that an RPCV join our M.S. program?

It is a great transition for RPCVs back to the U.S. and really helps to connect your experience with humans and natural resources to real-world problem-solving that companies will pay for. I felt like it was a natural stepping stone and am lucky to have been a part of a great program.