Interning for the Superbowl of Livestock Shows

As an agricultural communication student currently in the middle of my fourth and final year of college, I have been blessed with many opportunities. Several great experiences came from being an intern throughout my time at Cal Poly. Fortunate to kick 2016 off with the chance to work as a media intern, I headed to the National Western Stock Show Livestock Office.  As a girl who grew up showing cattle, interning for the National Western was a dream come true.

The National Western Stock Show is one of the world’s largest cattle shows and often called the ‘Superbowl of Livestock Shows’. The livestock shows make just one part of this event spanning 16 days in January; and it’s the largest part with hosting almost 20 different cattle breeds and many livestock species.

As a livestock media intern, I attended the livestock shows and events, wrote a human interest story and press releases, managed the National Western Stock Show Livestock social media channels and captured photos around the grounds and in the show rings. Having the opportunity to be shooting pictures in the ring next to the best photographers in the show industry is something I will never forget.

I took many lessons and skills away from this internship I know will help me as I continue my agricultural communicator path.

As I move closer to graduating from Cal Poly this June, people keep telling me, “Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” After working six days as an intern, I now know this to be true. This internship gave me an insight into a future career path I could see myself loving everyday, and to me that is just one of the reasons internships are so valuable. Thank you to the National Western Livestock Office and Sunglo for making this program happen, and helping students like me live out their passions.

To hear more about my experience in Denver and what I learned, check out a radio interview I did with Kaydee Gilkey, for the Northwest Ag Information Network.

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