Students interested in the cattle industry and communications have an opportunity to gain experience with the world's leading branded beef program. Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) has a year-round internship program that seeks to develop the writing talent and beef industry knowledge of its interns.

This internship for a junior or senior is oriented toward writing technical and producer features as well as news releases, taking a subtle public relations approach. Interns will be responsible for projects that help CAB increase farmer/rancher awareness, ability and commitment to producing cattle that fit the world's leading beef brand. The primary tactic is to highlight positive, profitable examples. Interns will typically travel to Ohio for training prior to the internship. Other training will be in the field, office or even at home via phone and frequent email.

Training will consist of working with the CAB supply development team, participating in the Certified Angus Beef ® Building Blocks for Success seminar for two days in Wooster, OH, (all expenses paid), and riding along on an information-gathering and photography trip to a ranch or feedlot. Some travel is required; school-term internships work with the intern's class schedule.

Past interns have had a variety of career goals that require effective writing. The internship offers valuable experience whether your target is print journalism, public relations or advertising copy writing. This is not a good opportunity for design. Many past interns have continued a working relationship with CAB, some as freelance writers and others as full-time employees after graduation.

The internship is available year-round. The fall and spring internship offers part-time employment equivalent to 10 hours a week during the academic year. Interns can work from home or from the CAB Supply Development office at 1107 Hylton Heights Road in Manhattan, KS. The summer internship is a full-time position equivalent to 40 hours a week and is traditionally completed out of the Manhattan office.

Specific dates of the school-year internship will be determined to coincide with the academic year. The fall internship may be offered as renewable, continuing through spring after the semester break; depending on the applicants, a separate spring internship may be offered. Summer terms cover a 10- to 12-week period from as early as mid-May to mid-August. The internship is often eligible for credit, and enrollment is encouraged. Regardless of whether it is taken for credit, the intern will be accountable for performance.

Interested students can apply online by submitting a brief cover letter, résumé and three writing samples of work.

Exactly which term (summer, spring, fall) will be determined in the interviewing process, but applicants are encouraged to indicate a preference. Any questions with application process, contact Miranda Reiman, CAB Assistant Director, Industry Information mreiman@certfiedangusbeef.com, phone (308) 784-2294

The deadline is Dec. 1 for the 2013 summer and 2013-14 school-year internships.

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