Hereford Offers Internships, Ambassador Program
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.
The AHA youth department is offering a junior activities internship for 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 and 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 AHA communications and marketing team is offering a communications internship for college juniors or seniors to assist with communication projects and production of Herd Book, August and September Hereford World issues.
Applicants must be working toward a degree in agriculture communications or agricultural journalism. Writing and editing skills are required. Experience with photography, social media and website maintenance are preferred but not required.
Both the junior and communication internships span approximately mid-May to mid-August, with specific starting and ending dates depending on applicant’s availability. Applications for both are due Feb. 15.
Applicants for the junior activities intern can send a cover letter, résumé and references 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Communication applicants can send a cover letter, résumé, three writing samples and references to Angie Stump Denton, AHA director of communications, 1039 Vista Road, Blue Rapids, KS 66411. For more information, contact Denton at 785-562-6197 or email@example.com.
Hereford Publications Inc. is offering a production coordinator position to college students, providing them the opportunity to assist with the production of promotional materials (sale catalogs, flyers, ads, posters, etc.) and to gain experience in breed association work.
Applicants must have livestock knowledge and should be self-starters, detail-oriented, able to multi-task and have the ability to work well with other staff members.
The internship span is June 1 through mid-August, with specific starting and ending dates depending on applicant’s availability. Applications are due Feb. 25, 2014. Applicants for the production coordinator postion need to send a cover letter, resume and references to Caryn Vaught, Production Manager, P.O. Box 014059, Kansas City, MO 64101.
JNHE Ambassador Program
College students can also apply for the JNHE Ambassador Program. The 2014 ambassadors will assist the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) Board and AHA staff throughout the JNHE week — July 5-13 — in Harrisburg, Pa.
The five ambassador positions include:
1. Contest coordinator — help with the facilitation of the 22 contests including room setup, starting on time, judge gifts, etc.
2. Event coordinator — assist with organization of opening ceremonies, awards banquet and shows.
3. Technology coordinator — assist with show office, data entry, social media, etc.
4. Operations assistant — help coordinate people and cattle check-ins and assist with oversight of tie outs, showring and facility setup.
5. Communications assistant — assist with press releases, photos and daily newsletter as well as contribute to the September Hereford World.
Candidates must be a 2014 high school graduate or older and must have had national show experience. Ambassadors cannot be exhibitors or competitors at the 2014 JNHE.
The American Hereford Association, with headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., is one of the largest U.S. beef breed associations. The not-for-profit organization along with its subsidiaries — Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC, Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI) and American Beef Records Association (ABRA) — provides programs and services for its members and their customers, while promoting the Hereford breed and supporting education, youth and research. For more information about the Association, visit Hereford.org.