ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Often the best and quickest way to learn is to get out there and do it. The Talon internship is a hands-on learning opportunity for college students to gain new experiences while spending the summer working and learning on an Angus host ranch. Interns will learn about the industry while being molded molding into advocates for the entire beef and agricultural industry. Angus breeders have the opportunity to host an intern over the summer and welcome them to work alongside them on their operation.
“One of the Angus Foundation’s initiatives is to encourage juniors to pursue educational experiences that allow them to explore the direction of their future career path,” said Thomas Marten, Angus Foundation executive director. “The Talon internship is a wonderful mentoring opportunity for both the interns and the host operations, where they learn from each other to further the beef industry and help the interns develop skillsets and discover opportunities for their own career goals.”
The internship honors the legacy of the late Camron “Cam” Cooper of the Talon Ranch, Twin Bridges, Montana. Cooper developed the Angus/Talon Youth Educational Learning Program Endowment Fund in 2009 to be a holistic educational experience for students. College sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students under the age of 25, majoring in an agricultural-related field of study, are eligible to apply for the internship.
“I would encourage anyone, whether they are in the Angus breed or not, to pursue this internship. There are a lot of skills and networking opportunities available that will help them moving forward,” said Chase Brinegar, 2020 Talon intern.
Throughout Brinegar’s internship at Bar 69 Ranch in Bella Fourche, South Dakota, he gained a vast network of contacts and mentors and built skills in the areas of horsemanship to bull marketing, just to name a few.
Interns will also be able to participate in other Angus and beef cattle educational events and activities off the farm, such as conferences, field days and so on.
The Talon Intern is compensated by the Angus Foundation through the Angus/Talon Youth Educational Learning Program Endowment Fund.
Applications for Angus breeders interested in hosting the Talon Intern are due Sept. 30 and can be accessed here. Youth interested in applying for the internship program can find the application here until applications are due Dec. 1.
For more information on the Talon Internship program, contact Thomas Marten, Angus Foundation executive director, at TMarten@Angus.org or visit www.angusfoundation.org.
–Karen Hiltbrand, Angus Communications
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