New interns broaden scope of Nebraska Corn Board programs

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Corn Board is supporting five internships starting this summer. Three of these interns are part of a new program in partnership with cooperators of the Nebraska Corn Board (NCB).

The new interns will be hosted by national cooperators of NCB: National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) in St. Louis, MO, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) in Denver, CO. The internship program in the NCB office in Lincoln and the National Corn Growers Association intern in Washington, D.C. are programs that have been in place for several years.

“Nebraska has been a leader in providing quality interns for the NCGA Washington, D.C. internship, so it was no surprise that our other cooperators took advantage of the opportunity to receive interns from Nebraska,” said Don Hutchens, executive director for the Nebraska Corn Board. “Our board has witnessed the educational and career advantage that internships provide and regard the sponsorship of internships as an investment into Nebraska’s agricultural future. Plus, it is just good work experience for these Nebraska students.”

The NCB office in Lincoln welcomed Melisa Konecky of Wahoo, Neb. for a year-long internship. Melisa will be a senior in animal science and agriculture leadership at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. As part of her internship, she will oversee crop progress report placement, contribute to communication and market development programs and help with education and promotion activities.

The National Corn Growers Association office in Washington, D.C. will host David Bresel of Lincoln, Neb., as their summer intern supported by a partnership between NCB and NCGA. David is a student in at the University of Nebraska College of Law. He will be involved with a variety of issues related to environmental regulations, transportation, free trade agreements, biotechnology, ethanol and energy.

The National Corn Growers Association headquarters office in St. Louis, Mo., will host Sandra Kavan of Wahoo, Neb., as their first summer intern supported by a partnership between NCB and NCGA. Sandra will be a senior in agribusiness at the University of
Nebraska – Lincoln. She will be assisting with membership and communication programs, as well as participating in committee meetings.

The U.S. Grains Council will host James Keating of Ogallala, Neb., as their first summer intern supported by a partnership between NCB and USGC. David is a senior in political science at the University of Nebraska – Kearney. He will be working with policy, assisting with international trade teams and helping to develop promotions and international relations.

The U.S. Meat Export Federation will host Jessica Clowser of Seward, Neb., as their first summer intern supported by a partnership between NCB and USMEF. Jessica recently returned from a semester internship with Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns in Washington, D.C. and will be attending graduate school next year. In Denver, Jessica will be assisting with promotions and international relationship opportunities.

The Nebraska Corn Board is a self-help program, funded and managed by Nebraska corn farmers. Producers invest in the program at a rate of 1/4 of a cent per bushel of corn sold. Nebraska corn checkoff funds are invested in programs of market development, research and education.

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NOTE: Hi-res photos of the interns are available for download at Nebraska Corn Board’s Flickr Page under the “2012 Interns” set.

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