Posted by: Christie Nissen on February 27, 2024

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Plagge to Gain Hands-On Experience in Agricultural Communications and Public Relations, Supported by Industry Leaders and Gardner & Gardner Communications Grant

MINNEAPOLIS (February 22, 2024) – The Agricultural Relations Council (ARC) and Curious Plot announce Lucia Plagge has been awarded the 2024 ARC/Gardner & Gardner Communications 2024 internship. This unique internship opportunity marks the sixth year of the ARC internship program and demonstrates their commitment to fostering talent and innovation in agricultural communications.

The internship, made possible in part through a grant from Gardner & Gardner Communications to the ARC Foundation, offers a blend of hands-on experience with the 2024 host organization, Curious Plot, and involvement in ARC initiatives. Plagge, a junior at South Dakota State University, will join a cohort of Curious Plot interns to embark on The Curious Summer, working cross-functionally on diverse public relations projects across the food, agriculture and companion animal care markets.

“We are excited to host the ARC intern at Curious Plot this summer,” said Daren Williams, senior vice president of public relations and reputation management at Curious Plot. “Lucia will have the opportunity to work directly with our team of curious communication experts, gaining hands-on experience and contributing to meaningful projects that advance the food and agriculture industry.”

Plagge will spend 80% of her time working on projects with Curious Plot, honing her skills in public relations and reputation management. Additionally, Plagge will spend 20% of her time supporting and attending the ARC annual meeting and serving as an ARC student advisor, helping to shape and grow the ARC community and providing insights on the needs of those starting out in agricultural public relations.

“ARC is proud to continue our commitment to helping aspiring professionals grow in the agricultural communications field,” said Kristy Mach, ARC executive director. “Through this internship, Lucia will gain invaluable experience working with two industry-leading organizations, contributing to real-world projects and shaping the future of agricultural public relations.”

Plagge’s internship will run for 12 weeks and is a hybrid role between the Curious Plot headquarters, ARC offices and remote with employees from across the country. For more information about the ARC internship program, please visit

About Agricultural Relations Council

The Agricultural Relations Council is the only association dedicated to serving the unique needs of public relations professionals working in agriculture, food, fiber and other related industries. ARC is a conduit for problem-solving, idea-sharing and collaboration among members who share a passion for excellence in public relations.

About Curious Plot

Curious Plot is a marketing, communications and consulting agency that represents clients in the food, agriculture and companion animal care sectors. With a shared purpose of “We Believe in Better,” the agency’s 115+ team members deliver services including go-to-market strategy, public relations, creative, branding, social, digital and media. Anchored by office locations in Minneapolis (HQ), Indianapolis and Portland, Ore., Curious Plot team members are located coast to coast. Learn more at

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