ARC Internship Program
The Agricultural Relations Council (ARC) is entering year three of its internship program. The 2019 intern host is to be determined, but if you are interested in hosting or applying to be the next intern, contact Kristy Mach.
The 2018 intern was hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), under the mentorship of Maddy Ruble, NCBA’s Reputation Manager. Maddie Bezner, Texas A&M, was chosen as the student intern. Maddie spent the summer of 2018 in Denver, Colorado working on projects for the beef checkoff issues management and media relations team. She also help with onsite coordination at the 2018 Annual ARC Meeting June 20-21 in Louisville, Kentucky.
The internship is unique in ag communications in that it is a collaboration of the organization (ARC) and the host company. The ARC portion of the funding comes from a grant from Gardner & Gardner Communications to the ARC Foundation. ARC will coordinate the internship program and selection.
- Internship will be worth a total of $5,000 — $4,000 stipend and $1,000 to be used to attend the annual professional development meeting of ARC – to be held June 20 through 22 in Kansas City, MO.
- The intern will spend 80% of his/her time on host organization projects and 20% to support and attend the ARC annual meeting.
- The internship will be 10-12 weeks long.
- Student intern applications will close Feb. 28. The intern will be selected and notified by mid-March.
- Intern will be chosen by a representative of the hosting organization, along with a representative of Gardner & Gardner Communications and one board representative.
Students interested in applying for the ARC Internship should fill out the 2019 ARC Intern Candidate Application and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 28, 2018.
QUICK LINK: Student Internship Application
Previous interns and host organizations:
2017 – Hannah Oates, University of Kentucky interned at Alltech in Nicholasville, Kentucky
“Working for Alltech, my main responsibilities have been to write content, mostly blogs, from speeches delivered at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference 2017. These blogs have covered an array of topics, from mycotoxins in poultry to salmon in the Faroe Islands to regenerative cattle grazing. I started the summer with no knowledge on these topics, spending the majority of my days trying to research what I had listened to and trying desperately to make sense of these terms and concepts so unfamiliar to me.
As my internship at Alltech comes to a close, I am reminded of just how much I have learned. Apart from technical terms and agriculture terminology, I was introduced to the world of agricultural careers, and amazed at what I found. There are so many opportunities available for careers in public relations and marketing in agriculture. This became even more apparent to me during my trip to Sacramento for the ARC convention, one of the other amazing opportunities that the internship afforded me. Surrounded by people with multiple careers types and working for an array of companies, I learned how many opportunities are available in the agriculture field.
I have learned more than I ever expected, gained more professional skills than any previous job, and have a newfound respect for agriculture and all that goes into delivering food to consumers. I am beyond grateful for this experience and so excited to see how it shapes and leads my future endeavors. This is a summer to remember.”