The American Angus Association welcomes four summer interns to headquarters in Saint Joseph, MO. Stationed throughout the office, the interns will be engaging and learning in a variety of capacities. One will write for the Angus Journal; another will work with multimedia and public relations; and two will travel to cattle shows nationwide.
The summer interns are: Chelsey Smith, Courtney Spencer, Paige Nelson and Claire Carlson. Get to know them and their responsibilities.
As the association's event planning intern, Smith will be active in planning and implementing a variety of activities throughout the summer, including the Beef Leaders Institute, a Cattlemen's boot camp at the University of Missouri, as well as attending cattle shows throughout the country.
"Chelsey has a true passion for this industry, and I'm delighted to help her learn from this experience," said Jaclyn Upperman, association director of events and education.
Originally from Hays, KS, Smith is a senior at Kansas State University studying agricultural education with minors in agronomy and animal sciences and industry. As a student, Smith is a College of Agriculture Ambassador, an Agricultural Education Club member, and volunteers weekly with Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Smith is also a research assistant for an agricultural communications professor on campus.
"Having an internship is really valuable as a college student, especially at such a prestigious place like the American Angus Association," Smith said. "I think this summer will be a wonderful learning experience."
This year's intern for junior activities, Spencer, will be instrumental in assisting with the National Junior Angus Show, Angus Ambassador finals and the annual Leaders Engaged in Angus Development conference. She will also oversee the many life-skill contests at the 2014 NJAS in Indianapolis, IN.
"Courtney is a great addition to our department," Upperman said. "Her interest in both communications and agriculture are valuable to our team as we plan and execute nationwide events for our Angus juniors."
Spencer, from Aurora, MO, is a junior at the University of Missouri studying animal sciences with a minor in agriculture leadership. On campus, Spencer is an officer for the Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority, a member of Collegiate Cattlewomen and a student lab assistant in a meat sciences lab. Spencer was also a past Missouri state FFA officer.
"Working at the Angus Association is an amazing opportunity, and I can't think of a better internship experience," Spencer said. "I'm looking forward to spending time at shows this summer and helping with the skills contests at NJAS."
Spencer also joins intern Lindsay Bowman, who began working with the junior activities department in January 2014. Bowman was selected to take part in a special, eight-month internship program that is centered on organizing youth events. Bowman attends the University of Arkansas where she is pursuing a degree in agricultural communications and education. She earned her associate's degree at Connors State College in Oklahoma.
Nelson will add to the efforts at the Angus Journal as the intern in the editorial department. Throughout the summer, she is responsible for contributing to the Angus Journal, Angus Beef Bulletin, Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA and Angus Journal Daily electronic newsletter. She will also work on the 2014 National Junior Angus Association/Angus Journal Photo Contest and attend multiple industry events.
"Paige has barely started and is already making a significant contribution to the Angus Journal, with her first full-length feature in the May issue," said Shauna Hermel, Angus Journal editor. "She's enthusiastic about the cattle business and serious about supplying content to fill our members' information needs. Being from Idaho, she adds a Western range perspective to our editorial team."
Nelson was raised on a large commercial Angus cow-calf ranch in Idaho and graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in December 2013 with a bachelor's degree in animal science and a minor in journalism. Since graduation, Nelson has pursued a freelance writing career and has been published by the Angus Journal, Post Register's Intermountain Farm and Ranch Magazine and Progressive Cattleman.
"I know this will be a great opportunity for me to sharpen my skills as an agricultural journalist, as I will be learning from some of the best in the business," Nelson said. "You don't get more prestigious in the beef world than Angus."
Carlson is joining forces with the public relations and communications department this summer. She will gain experience in all aspects of the association's multimedia approach to promoting Angus cattle, including writing, editing, design, photography and video production. She will also play an important role in promoting and covering events at the 2014 NJAS.
"Claire's enthusiasm makes her a great addition to the Angus team," said Eric Grant, API general manager. "This summer, she will have many opportunities to learn and expand her print and digital communications skills."
Carlson is from Shawnee, KS, and grew up heavily involved in the Kansas 4-H program. Carlson is a recent graduate from Kansas State University with a degree in agricultural communications and a minor in business. On campus, Carlson was a College of Agriculture Ambassador, a K-State tour guide and chapter president of her sorority.
"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the American Angus Association," Carlson said. "Everyone is so friendly, and I'm ready to dive in and learn this summer."