Applications are invited for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) Washington Internship Program.
The NPPC Washington Internship Program is designed to give young leaders experience in U.S. agricultural policy – legislative, political and regulatory – at the federal level.
The internship program is offered throughout the year, lasting a duration of three to four months with flexible start and finish dates depending on NPPC’s schedule and the interns’ availability. The internship will provide flexibility for those taking college courses while in Washington, D.C.
NPPC offers internships year-round. Applications must be postmarked by:
- September 1, 2015 – 2016 Spring Internship
- December 1, 2015 – 2016 Summer Internship
- May 1, 2016 – 2016 Fall Internship
Why should I apply?
NPPC’s internship program is a hands-on experience for students seeking to learn more about agriculture, the pork industry, government relations and public policy. Interns have the opportunity to work under the direction of the highly respected professionals at NPPC. Senior staff members value the opportunity to mentor and teach today’s student who will be tomorrow’s leaders.
Located one block from the Capitol building, the NPPC Washington Public Policy Center is in the heart of the political action on Capitol Hill. NPPC interns have opportunities for professional networking with congressional staff, allied industry trade associations and federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Federal Drug Administration, and Environmental Protection Agency. If you have an interest in promoting American agriculture and want to gain real-world experience in the political arena, this is the opportunity for you!
In addition to an unparalleled experience, our distinguished internship program offers a competitive stipend. While we do not pay for housing, we can provide students with a list of nearby options.
Who should apply?
NPPC seeks students in their junior or senior year of college seeking a degree in animal science, agricultural business, communications, economics, environment, international trade, journalism, nutrition, public policy, or pre-veterinary medicine. Graduate students studying veterinary medicine, law, political science, journalism or agriculture also desirable candidates.
Applicants should also have:
- Self-drive and strong motivation to succeed
- Problem solving abilities
- Outstanding record of achievement in current/past positions
- Creativity, persistence, and tenacity
- Effective time management, organizational skills and work methods
- Entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to work independently
- Strong work ethic
- Strong sense of urgency oriented toward achieving monthly goals