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Hereford Association offers internships, ambassador program for college students

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —The American Hereford Association (AHA) is offering several opportunities this summer for college students hoping to further their education and gain valuable real-world experience working with youth activities and communication/marketing projects.

Junior activities internship

The AHA youth department is offering college juniors or seniors the opportunity to assist with the planning and execution of junior shows and leadership events and to gain experience in association work.

Applicants must be enrolled in an agriculture-related major and should be self-starters who are detail-oriented, outgoing and have the ability to work well with all types of people. Travel to the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) and other shows should be expected as part of the internship.

The internship will span from approximately mid-May to mid-August, with specific starting and ending dates depending on applicant’s availability.

Applicants for the junior activities intern can send a cover letter, résumé and references by Feb. 15 to Amy Cowan, AHA director of youth activities, P.O. Box 014059, Kansas City, MO 64101. For more information, contact Cowan at 816-842-3757 or

Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI) internship

HPI is offering a communications internship for college juniors or seniors to assist with projects of the Creative Services department and production of the Herd Book, August and September Hereford World issues. The internship will provide experience in feature writing, photography, editing, proofing, communicating with clients and managing projects.

Applicants must be working toward a degree in agriculture communications or agriculture journalism. Writing and editing skills are required along with knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, InDesign, Photoshop and AP (Associated Press) style.

The internship will span from approximately mid-May to mid-August, with specific starting and ending dates depending on applicant’s availability. Applications are due Feb. 15.

Communication internship applicants can send a cover letter, résumé and three writing samples and references to Caryn Vaught, HPI production manager, P.O. Box 014059, Kansas City, MO, 64101. For more information, contact Vaught at 816-842-3757 or

Marketing communications intern

The AHA communications department has been selected to host the 2015 American Agricultural Editors’ Association (AAEA) marketing communications intern.

The intern will assist with AHA communication and marketing projects such as Hereford eNews, writing press releases about the breed and other events, assist with maintenance and updating and assist with social media projects as well as the Hereford Events App. The intern will also help with development of educational YouTube videos.

The AAEA intern will earn a $4,500 stipend for approximately 10 weeks and another $1,000 toward the cost of attending the Agricultural Media Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz., July 26 to 29, 2015. This internship is made possible through grants from the AAEA Professional Improvement Foundation.

Applications for the AAEA-sponsored internship are available at and due Feb. 1. If you have questions about the internship or the application process, contact Angie Stump Denton at 785-562-6197 or


College students can also apply for the JNHE ambassador program. The 2015 ambassadors will assist the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) board and AHA staff throughout the JNHE week — June 28 to July 3 — in Grand Island, Neb.

The five ambassador positions include:

1. Contest coordinator — help with the facilitation of the 22 contests and scholarships including working with the state advisors, National Hereford Women and National Junior Hereford Association boards, judges, awards etc.

2. Event coordinator — assist with organization of opening ceremonies, awards banquet along with Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) activities, NJHA delegate and membership meetings and various special events that occur throughout the week.

3. Marketing coordinator — responsible for managing all social media outlets including posting event photos, results, videos, etc.

4. Operations assistant — help coordinate trade show vendors, state basket silent auction, meals and shows. This will include showring set up and maintenance as needed.

5. Show Office Assistant — coordinate the show office assisting exhibitors and families as needed, selling tickets, facilitating questions and general announcements, etc. This will include coordinating people check-in.

Candidates must be a 2015 high school graduate or older and must have had national show experience. Ambassadors cannot be exhibitors or competitors at the 2015 JNHE.

Ambassador applications are available online at and are due March 15.

–American Hereford Association

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