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2015 Wisconsin Holstein Summer Internship

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The Wisconsin Holstein Association is searching for college students looking to learn more about the registered Holstein industry and wanting to gain valuable experiences that can be utilized in any industry. Applicants attending a 2 or 4 year college are welcomed to apply. It is not required to be majoring in an Agriculture field but background in the dairy industry is preferred.

Salary or Hourly: Salary w/ bonus opportunity      Reports to: Executive Director & WHP Editor           
Travel: Up to 50% (requires valid drivers license, personal vehicle and will receive mileage reimbursement)
Date: May 26 – August 19, 2015 (some weekends required)     Location: Baraboo, WI (housing not included)

Major Duties & Responsibilities:
Event Planning

- Attend all WHA sponsored summer events and other county Holstein events. These include the WHA State Championship Show, Showmanship and Judging Contest, Junior State Fair Holstein Show, WHA Futurity and Open State Fair Holstein Show. Intern may also be asked to attend District Shows around the state when needed.

- Work with WHA committees to plan events such as the 2015 WHA Futurity, State and District Shows, State Picnic and more. This may include inputing and finalizing show entries, organizing awards, volunteers and other details such as mailings and dignitary needs.

- Organize show booklets, meals, send correspondence before and after an event and archive final placing results.

Public Relations

- Ability to communicate to all areas of the Association in a timely manner

- Assist in any communication materials needed for members or external media such as pamphlets, letters, bios and entry forms

- Work with external sponsors as it pertains to awards, signage and coordination of events

- Build valuable partnerships with industry partners

Web, Print and More

  • - Write press releases announcing upcoming events and summarizing placings and/or winnings.

  • - Compile and publish updated marketing materials on www.wisholsteins.com such as press releases, entry forms, event details and imagery.

  • - Take photos of event winners when needed to post online and share with Editor. This will require the creation of an archive for year-end presentations.

  • - Interview Wisconsin Holstein breeders and write profile articles as assigned by the Editor; this may require taking photos for the article.

  • - Write articles of interest for the WI Holstein News and website as well as identify potential roundtable discussions for the News

  • - Opportunity to learn database management and design e-newsletter creative.

  • Preferred Knowledge:

  • - Excellent communication, writing, organization and time-management practices

  • - Ability to handle multiple tasks at one time with strong prioritization skills

  • - Strong knowledge of PC operating systems (MAC experience a plus)

  • - High level of attention to detail and ability to focus

  • - Strong work ethic with a positive attitude

  • - Knowledge of current trends in the dairy industry

  • Education and Experience:

  • - Received their high school diploma
    - Currently enrolled in a 2 or 4 year University
    - Experience in the Registered Holstein or dairy industry

  • To Apply :

  • Submit the following materials by November 15, 2014 to larryn@wisholsteins.com or mail to: WI Holstein Association, Summer Internship, 902 8th Ave., Baraboo, WI  53913.
    1) Cover letter explaining why you would be the best fit for the position
    2) Resume including education, work experience and accomplishments
    3) Latest grade transcript
    4) Two letters of reference

Interviews will be held at the WHA office in Baraboo, WI. Please call 1.800.223.4269 with questions or email larryn@wisholsteins.com about this internship opportunity.

2013 Intern Testimonial - Nicole Smith

My experience as the communications intern for WHA was not only educational and informative, but also gave me lasting friendships and memories. The hands-on experience I had in agriculture communications gave me real world experience of what I can expect after graduation. The small office size lets you be a real part of the team where you can develop and implement your ideas.   Having shown Registered Holsteins all my life, it was a real eye-opener to see how the other side of the show works. The internship gave me experience in all aspects of communications, including event planning, social media, writing, and promotion. Whatever your interests are, the internship can really be tailored to your strengths. From planning the annual Futurity show, to writing articles for the Holstein News or traveling all over the state to attend various shows and events, the opportunities are endless.

People always say if you are doing what you love you will never work a day in your life, and that is exactly how I felt about this internship. Sometimes my work day consisted of attending a cattle show, talking about dairy with local farmers during an interview, or sharing my passion for the dairy industry with others at various events. How can that be work when it is so much fun? Not only was this internship a great learning opportunity, but I got to meet and interact with many people throughout the agriculture industry. I enjoyed every minute of my time as an intern for WHA and I highly encourage anyone interested in communications to consider applying for this position.