SAINT JOSEPH, Mo. — If you’re looking for a unique summer internship experience, the Angus Foundation can help. Applications are still available for the Talon Youth Education Learning Program internship on the Angus Foundation website for host Angus breeders and Angus youth.
“The Talon internship program is truly one of a kind in the Angus industry,” says Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president. “It gives one lucky student the opportunity to experience ranch management first hand—an invaluable experience. Angus breeders get to work with an up and coming leader in the industry. It’s a win-win scenario for both.”
Host Angus breeders get the opportunity to teach the intern about different areas of the Angus industry, from cattle showing and veterinary tasks to fence maintenance and irrigation and more. They also can expose the intern to educational events and activities off the farm, such as seminars, field days, etc. The Talon intern host Angus breeder application can be accessed here: www.angusfoundation.org. Applications are due September 15.
College sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent college graduates who are not older than 25 who have majored in an agriculture-related field are eligible to apply. Applicants must be in good standing with either the American Angus Association or the National Junior Angus Association (NJAS). Angus youth can apply for the Talon internship program at www.angusfoundation.org and submit an application by December 1 to the Events and Education department.
The Talon Youth Education Learning Program internship is the legacy of Camron “Cam” Cooper of Talon Ranch. Cooper set up the Angus/Talon Youth Education Learning Program Endowment Fund in 2009 to be a holistic educational experience for students. The internship program pairs motivated Angus youth with working registered Angus breeders/ranches to provide youth valuable education and work experience for a summer. The internship program is open to college sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent college graduates under age 25 who are majoring in an agricultural field of study.
In 2017, Jessica Janssen, Fowler, Ind., was selected as the first Talon Youth Education Learning Program intern. She completed an internship with Maher Angus Ranch, Morristown, S.D. Janssen, a 12-year member of the NJAS and Indiana Junior Angus Association, is starting her senior year at Purdue University, where she’s pursuing an Animal Science degree to meet her career goal of becoming a beef nutritionist.
For more information on the Angus Foundation, visit www.angusfoundation.org.
— Angus Foundation
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