An e-mail requesting an internship arrived at the Agriculture Department this summer with an impressive resume: Princeton University degree in operations research and financial engineering, 3.8 college GPA, 1520 SATs. Ross Ohlendorf didn’t mention his 95 mph sinking fastball, but it probably wouldn’t have hurt his chances. Department officials were impressed that the Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher wanted to work for them in the offseason . . .
. . . Ohlendorf, who is 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 240 pounds, shares a small office with another USDA employee. His work is mainly focused on animal identification -- the nationwide tracking system intended to pinpoint an animal’s location after a disease is discovered."I’ve really enjoyed it,” he said. “In addition to learning a lot of things and meeting a lot of neat people, I’ve gotten to do some cool events too.”