By Laurie Bedord, Future Ag Communicators Chair
AAEA The Agricultural Communicators Network is excited to announce that it is accepting applications for two paid internships for the summer of 2020.
The first undergraduate student in agricultural communications will be chosen to work as an editorial communications intern for Feed & Grain magazine in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.
“The intern will have the opportunity to write for print and digital media, including posting news items for our website,” says Elise Schafer, Editor, Feed & Grain magazine. “He or she will also assist in deploying our daily e-newsletter.”
As part of the Feed & Grain team, the intern needs to have excellent writing, editing, and communication skills. He or she should also have the ability to work effectively both individually and as part of a team.
A second student will be selected for a marketing communications internship with the U.S. Wheat Associates in Arlington, Virginia. This opportunity will provide a range of experiences including social media writing and design, website updates, newsletter writing, blog posts, and photography. It will also include exposure to trade policy issues and U.S. agricultural export systems, representing the wheat commission at state events, as well as developmental visits to USDA and other government agencies, Capitol Hill and policy-focused media outlets.
“The Washington, DC, area is a dynamic and surprisingly active agricultural community,” says Steve Mercer, U.S. Wheat Associates. “While the intern will focus on supporting U.S. Wheat Associates export market development communications, he or she will also have the chance to learn more about the work done on behalf of all farmers, ranchers, and milk producers here with the federal government and overseas to broaden the student’s knowledge well beyond his or her own county, state, and region.”
Candidates for the U.S. Wheat Associates internship should possess strong writing, editing, and photography skills, as well as good design sense and a positive attitude. He or she should also have an interest in how export market development affects local commodity value.
Each intern will earn a $4,500 stipend for the 8- to 10-week assignment, $1,000 toward travel costs as well as a paid registration to attend the Agricultural Media Summit in Kansas City, Missouri, from July 25 to 29, 2020.
The editorial internship is made possible through the generosity of Feed & Grain magazine, published by IDEAg Group, LLC, and its parent company American Farm Bureau Federation. The marketing internship is made possible through the generosity of Gardner & Gardner Communications and Sage marketing agency.
Internship applications are available at AAEA The Agricultural Communicators Network website, agcommnetwork.com/internships.
All applications must be postmarked or emailed no later than Monday, February 3, 2020.