Semester internship with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association
(Junior; Agribusiness Management; Bedford, IN) packed up her bags and moved to Washington, D.C. to intern with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the Public Lands Council for the entire spring semester.
Morgan happen to come across this internship online as she was searching for opportunities. She knew she wanted a semester long internship, but she thought she wanted to work on the state level. “I decided to apply because what did I have to lose?” The application process was a simple online application that included a few questions and required a copy of her resume. Selected candidates were then asked to participate in a 30-minute phone interview. After that process, Morgan was selected as one of their semester-long interns.
Her duties in this internship include participation in lobbying efforts, communication of updates to members, review of Federal Registry Notices, participation in agency meetings, and collaboration with Hill and agency staff. In addition to that list of responsibilities, Morgan says that every day is different. “There are several lobbyists on staff, so I have expose to many different policy issues such as transportation, trade, environmental issues, and fake meat.” With so many policy issues being worked on, she has had the opportunity to focus on certain issues that are most captivating to her.
During her first month and a half, the most interesting thing Morgan has learned is how much power agriculture associations have in Washington, DC. “There are so many agriculture trade associations in DC sitting at the table of important conversations trying to do what is best for their members and I did not realize the power agriculture has before starting this internship.”
While in D.C., Morgan has the opportunity to be a tourist as well as a young professional. “I have loved living in and exploring the District!” She lives right across the street from the Hart Senate Building, so she is right in the middle of everything. Thus far, Morgan has visited the Library of Congress, the Botanic Garden, the Holocaust Museum, the Museum of American History, and the National Archives, as well as been on a Capitol Building tour.
For anyone interested in or debating a semester internship, Morgan has a little bit of advice for you. “A semester internship is a wonderful opportunity if you are interested in policy on the state or national level. One reason is the extended period of time you will get to be in this internship. Semester long internships are usually 16 weeks compared to summer internships which are 10 to 12 weeks in length.” She goes on to explain that the duties of an internship differ depending on if you participate in a semester position or a summer position. This is especially true in the policy area because of the timing of legislation and when congress is in session. This internship and the timing of it was out of her comfort zone, but it has been 100% worth it to her.
NCBA and PLC are currently accepting applications for the fall 2019 semester and beyond. The application can be found at http://www.beefusa.org/publicpolicyinternship.aspx.