Chloe Fowler, Editor in Chief for the Brock Center
Junior in agricultural communication with minor law and society
I’m sitting on a flight to Billings, Montana. Heading on a solo, four-day trip on behalf of the Association I have interned with over summer. Then a realization hit me. Trust. They trust me. They trust me to get the shot, to capture the footage, to get the interviews, and to represent an entire association in the best way. This trust is what has helped me to trust myself.
St Joseph, Missouri, was been my summer home where the American Angus Association is headquartered. I have been pushed to my limits, both creatively and professionally. I loved every minute of it.
This flight to Billings, Montana, one of multiple states I had never been and have had the opportunity to visit through this internship. Billings hosted 155 National Junior Angus Association members attending Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD. They gathered for four days developing as professionals and leaders, including myself.
To give some background, I came in as the communications intern with very little experience and interest in video and cinematography. I was expecting an internship where the majority of my time would be spent writing, gathering interviews for my writing, photography, and dabbling with design. However, through these weeks I have been given responsibilities far beyond writing a press release. I helped conduct on- camera interviews, and appeared on camera as a reporter. I researched and wrote segments for the weekly production of The Angus Report, which is broadcasted on RFDTV. Creativity and mistakes were encouraged while I learned the new software and techniques I didn’t know I would even find interesting.
Cut to me sitting on this plane to Montana. I am alone from the communications department. I have two bags of camera equipment. I developed a social media plan myself for this event, planned who would be important to interview, discussed what b-roll would be favorable to the storyline. I will be creating a slideshow video of the event to be presented at the closing session and write a press release following.
When I discovered I would be attending and covering this event solo, my nerves became intense. I am nowhere near a professional when it comes to video or even photography. However, these individuals in the communications department, the communications team, have trusted me. They gave me the tools and support that I can do it, and instilled enough confidence that I believe I can be successful.
This is what makes a great internship. Not the company or association size, not the recognition of who you’re working for or what you’re doing. But the fact that whoever it is, gives you the tools to be successful and then trusts you to follow through, giving you the confidence to be successful. Similar to the Learn By Doing motto at Cal Poly, I was thrown into a whirlwind, arriving shortly before a weeklong adventure at the National Junior Angus Show in Madison, Wisconsin. Yet this type of learning is the most encouraging to a successful professional career.
I am thankful for the American Angus Association for going beyond what expectations I had for them as an intern. The people I work with will be hard to leave in a few weeks because I already feel like I am part of the team. By opening my eyes to see outside of the rigid definition I had created of myself, I developed a love for learning again and pushing my creative boundaries. The last few weeks of this internship flew by, and I am sad to see them go. I know I will bring the skills I have learned this summer back to the Brock Center for Agricultural Communication. And no matter if I return to the American Angus Association at some point in my future or not, I know there will always be a little part of the Business Breed in me.