Lilliana Ortega, 22, turned down several opportunities close to her home in College Station, Texas, in order to accept a paid internship at the Tillamook Creamery in Tillamook County.
Back in March 2017, the Texas AM University junior had three months to set up a place to stay in the coastal dairy farming region. She would be there all summer, working on research and development for the creamery. She scanned Craigslist and online ads, and called local churches as the company had suggested. For two months, it was one dead end after another.