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2017 Wisconsin Holstein Summer Internship

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 22 – August 18, 2017 (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 2016 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 18, 2016 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.

2016 Intern Testimonial - Jessica Steger

I cannot believe this summer is over! I never imagined on the first day of walking into the office that I would experience so many different things this summer. All of the things I learned and got to do this summer lead me to have an unforgettable experience.

This summer was filled with numerous event across our great dairy state. Traveling to many parts of the state allowed me to meet with countless members and their Holsteins at district shows and state show. This summer not only offered me the opportunity to meet our members, but it also allowed me to meet consumers and their children. We had two events this summer geared toward youth, Kids Express Learning Center’s “Dairy Day” and a library visit with a cow and calf. Bringing a cow and calf into a library was definitely something I did not expect on the first day, but it was a great learning experience for all involved.

I wrapped up the summer with three weekends of shows, the Wisconsin State Championship Show Series, the Wisconsin Junior State Fair, and the Wisconsin State fair Open Show and Wisconsin Holstein Association Futurity. It was a busy and incredible three weeks. The 30th annual Wisconsin Holstein Futurity was the most anticipated event of the summer for me. I did not realize the amount of detail that went into the futurity until I was in the middle of coordinating it. I never would have guessed it would take ten trips to different stores just for ribbon. I am excited to say that in the end we had seventeen three-year-olds competing for the top prize.

I want to first and foremost thank the staff at WHA for all of their patience and help along the way. They are truly an invaluable resource to our association, and I cannot thank them enough for everything this summer. I would also like to thank everyone in the association. Meeting and speaking with many of you about our beloved Holsteins was a highlight of my summer. I cannot wait to see many of you again at the shows throughout the coming year. I would also like to thank the WHA Board of Directors and JAC’s for always being there for a good laugh or offering a helping hand. I would like to thank the futurity committee for all of their help and dedication. I would finally like to thank Kati Kindschuh and Paige Nelson for the numerous laughs and adventures we shared this summer. I will always remember this opportunity and its numerous lessons.

2015 Intern Testimonial - Sara Griswold

Where did the summer go? As I reflect back on my summer the first word that comes to mind is “wow”! I began my amazing summer internship with the Wisconsin Holstein Association in May. After one day of training, I was able to jump head first in to what turned out to be an unforgettable summer.
Throughout the summer I had the opportunity to help plan and attend many events. From the Kids Express Learning Center “Dairy Day” to the crazy week of district shows, Championship Show, and my main focus for the summer, the 29th Annual Holstein Futurity, my summer was truly filled with many wonderful opportunities.

As I traveled from district show to district show in June I was able to see fellow Holstein enthusiasts from throughout the state and make new friends along the way. I was also able to see some of Wisconsin’s finest dairy cattle while sitting ringside. I got an inside perspective of the work that goes into planning shows and events that I before took advantage of.

It wasn’t long after district show season concluded that the Wisconsin Championship Show was upon us! Being able to bring Wisconsin’s best of the best together to parade around the ring at the spectacular Alliant Energy Center grounds in Madison was truly an incredible experience!

Before I knew it the Wisconsin Holstein State Picnic was here and although the day was hot, we made the most of it by dunking some past and present Holstein Stars in the dunk tank at Willows Edge Holsteins in New Richmond. Wisconsin State Fair Junior Dairy Show was here and gone before I knew it and the most anticipated day of my summer was upon me. Saturday, August 15th was the 29th Annual Holstein Futurity. Eleven dairy cattle from across the state showed in the Holstein Futurity this year. From the ordering of Judge Erbsen’s tuxedo to working with each of the exhibitors to ensure they were ready for the big day, I was in charge of all the details for the show. I am so happy with how the event turned out and hope all the exhibitors and spectators enjoyed it as well.

I would like to thank the Wisconsin Holstein staff for making my summer so incredible. There was rarely a day I felt I was going to “work” because I loved what I was doing and who I was working with so much. I would also like to thank the Wisconsin Holstein Board of Directors for reaching out to me at events and the compliments throughout the summer. Also thanks to the WHA adult members, WHA junior members, exhibitors, breeders, volunteers, and sectors throughout the summer for working with me. I will never forget the lessons learned and the opportunities I had this summer.

2014 Intern Testimonial - Ashley Dreier

“Being an intern at the Wisconsin Holstein Association allowed me to gain experience in event planning, computer software, public relations, writing, and communications. I also had the opportunity to attend so many great cattle shows this summer and meet some of the best Holstein breeders. I was able to be a part of a wonderful team while working there and I was able to share my thoughts and ideas and be heard. They make you feel like you belong there and I really appreciated that.

My headline event was planning the WHA Futurity show. I had never attended a Futurity show before this year and it was an honor to plan and coordinate one of the most prestigious Holstein Shows in Wisconsin and it was definitely an experience I will never forget. This internship will give you a taste of different aspects of a job and you can use your own strengths to make this internship fit your interests.

Even though this was an internship, it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I had the opportunity to strengthen my communication skills which is one of the most important things you need in order to be successful in the agriculture industry. What I enjoyed most besides attending the cattle shows and seeing all the phenomenal Holsteins, was hearing what other Holstein breeders had to say and how they are successful at what they do. I would highly recommend this internship to anyone who is interested in working in communications because it’s an opportunity you will gain so much experience from.

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.