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NCBA Accepting Applications for Internships

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association offers an internship for undergraduate and graduate college students to work on the Public Policy team at their Washington, DC headquarters. Mallory Gaines, NCBA’s, policy analyst focusing on cattle health and director of the public policy internship program:

“The application period is open. We are recruiting interns for both our spring 2014 and summer 2014 semester. The application closes on October 6th.”

Gaines explains the internships include direct involvement with lawmakers:

“Our interns get to work with every aspect of our office, including our political action committee where they can interact with congress. We have our lobbyists and the students are allowed to go on The Hill and even get to lobby an issue. We have folks who work with the regulators giving student the ability to work with the agencies. It’s a comprehensive internship where you are doing a lot of great things.”

The primary gateway to being awarded one of these internships is the application says Gaines:

“We are looking for students that are well written and have an interest in policy. A lot of students find this as the last link, they have been on the farm and in the classroom and this is the last piece to learn about how regulation and laws affect their farms.”

As an added bonus, this is a paid internship explains Gaines:

“We offer a $1000 per month stipend and cover the costs of the communt, either a metro or bus ride into the office.”

Gaines explains that some previous public policy interns have gone on to make a difference in Washington:

“On the Beef USA intern page, we have a section called “meet our past interns”. Students can see what past and present interns are doing. One went onto the House of Representatives, many are in grad school and one works with communications with breeders.”

Gaines offers this information on how to make an application:

“Students should copy everything together and send it in one email, including a transcript. Go to  and see the internship tab for all the information you need.”

Again, the deadline is October 6th. Gaines says she receives up to 20 applications for the summer internship, and averages 10 for the spring internship. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.