The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) government affairs office in Washington, D.C. is seeking interns for the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention. The deadline to apply is quickly approaching. NCBA Public Policy Analyst Mallory Gaines says these internship positions provide a unique opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience and to interact with leaders from every segment of the cattle and beef industry. But to take advantage of this opportunity, students need to ensure their applications are submitted by Nov. 4.

The Cattle Industry Convention is the oldest and largest convention for the cattle business. The 2013 event will be the 115th annual convention and is being held in Tampa, FL, Feb. 6-9. The event boasts over 5,500 attendees and a trade show with more than 250 booths. Interns will get a unique, behind-the-scenes experience of setting up the trade show, manning the NCBA-Political Action Committee booth, assisting with the NCBA-PAC auction, helping members vote on NCBA policy, working with the media and helping to guide cattlemen and cattlewomen to convention events.

To apply for this opportunity, interested college juniors, seniors or graduate students should submit the convention internship application, a college transcript, two letters of recommendation and a resume to internship@beef.org. Find more information, as well as the internship application, on NCBA's website at www.beefusa.org.