Six college students are beginning internships supported by the Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) and the Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA). These internships are designed to provide students with an overview of Nebraska’s corn industry through real-world professional experiences.
These interns will work in various locations across the U.S. with key cooperators of NCB. These cooperators include the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), U.S. Grains Council (USGC), U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), NCB and NeCGA. Most of these internships will conclude at the end of the summer, but two are year-long experiences.
Two summer interns will be hosted by NCGA. Savannah Peterson is majoring in agricultural communications and animal science at Casper College. She will be interning with NCGA in St. Louis, focusing on communications and outreach. Emma Hoffschneider, who is majoring in agricultural economics and agricultural & environmental sciences communication at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) will be spending her summer in Washington, D.C. working on policy with NCGA.
“I applied for the Public Policy Internship with the National Corn Growers Association because I wanted to gain a broader perspective on the policy that affects our growers both at a state and national level,” said Hoffschneider. “After my internship this summer, I want to have a stronger understanding of the entire policy process, from the formation to the execution. As well as learning about potential career opportunities as I enter my senior year of undergrad.”
Emma Dostal will also be stationed in Washington, D.C. this summer as she completes her internship with USGC. Dostal is majoring in advertising, public relations, and global studies at UNL.
“Grains farming is crucial to my family history,” said Dostal. “As the daughter of a 4th generation farmer, I applied to this internship in hopes to give back and support farmers because of the importance that the lifestyle has had in my life.”
TaraLee Hudson, majoring in animal science and agricultural economics at UNL with a minor in the Beef Industry Scholars program, is interning with USMEF in Denver, Colorado. She looks forward to being pushed outside of her comfort zone and exploring experiences outside of Nebraska.
The two yearlong internship experiences are located in Lincoln with NCB and NeCGA. Emily Hatterman and Samantha Oborny are both agricultural and environmental sciences communication majors at UNL. Hatterman will be interning for NCB, and Oborny for NeCGA. These students will assist with communications and promotional efforts during their internship experiences.
“Growing up in an area so heavily involved in agriculture, I always knew I wanted to pursue a career within the industry. This internship with the Nebraska Corn Board presented a great opportunity to use my communication skills while staying involved in agriculture,” said Hatterman. “I’m looking forward to growing my skills as well as connecting with those in the industry from across the state.”
Not only will students gain real-world experiences from these internship experiences but will also acquire valuable insight on possible future careers.
Interns will document their learning experiences through written updates and social media posts. To keep up with these students and their experiences, visit nebraskacorn.gov or follow the Nebraska Corn Board on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.