The National Pork Board is seeking candidates to apply for our 2014 internship program. To learn about these exciting opportunities, please see the descriptions below. The Pork Board is funded through a market checkoff collection on sales of market swine in the United States. We are charged with effectively serving U.S. pork producers through the development of educational programs, coordination of research projects, and increasing the demand for pork meat in domestic and international markets.
Criteria for applying:
- Our internships will begin approximately May 12, 2014 and continue through approximately August 8, 2014.
- All internships are paid, and candidates are expected to work full-time for 13 weeks. All positions are based at our office in Clive, Iowa.
- Interviews will take place in January and February with positions be filled by March.
- Please indicate in the subject line which internship you would like to be considered.
- Interested candidates should forward resume, cover letter, and writing samples if needed, via email to Intern@pork.org (Microsoft Word or PDF formats only)
- No phone calls please.
Producer Services/Outreach Intern (2 positions):
The successful candidate will assist with the development and delivery of pork producer education and certification programs offered by the National Pork Board. He or she will complete special projects and will work at various education activities during World Pork Expo. He or she will also work with the Pork Quality Assurance® Plus (PQA Plus®), Transport Quality Assurance® (TQAsm), and the Youth PQA Plus® programs as assigned. The job(s) involve some travel to events, meetings, state fairs, and/or junior swine shows to represent Pork Checkoff. Some of the projects include development of PowerPoint presentations, brochure development, graphics inventory, exam management for e-learning courses, curriculum development, as well creating marketing/sales pieces for each of our items that we inventory and market to producers and other educational projects as they arise.
A familiarity with the pork industry is recommended; an agriculture education or agricultural communication major is preferred. Candidates should possess strong communication skills including written and telephone skills. Additionally, the successful candidate should be goal oriented and excel in leadership skills. Some overnight travel may be required.
Communications Intern (1 position):
The Communications Department intern will assist with day-to-day activities that include print, audio and visual communications about the pork industry and related news on a national level.
Specific experiences include:
- Working with producers and in media relations at World Pork Expo and at the Ag Media Summit
- Assisting with development of Pork Checkoff news releases, Pork Checkoff’s national magazine Pork Checkoff Report, the national newsletter Pork Leader and the October Pork Month media kit
- Managing and creating weekly podcasts
- Contributing content to the Pork Checkoff’s Internet site and social media tools utilized by the Checkoff
- Assisting with special projects
Applicants must be interested in the pork industry. Applicants will benefit from having an agricultural background and/or an academic emphasis in animal science, agriculture journalism, agricultural communications or journalism. Photography skills, broadcasting skills and familiarity with AP style writing are a plus.
*Applicants interested in the Communications position are required to send two writing samples with their resume.*
Science and Technology Intern (2 positions):
The Science and Technology department includes eleven staff members that work in the areas of animal science, swine welfare, swine health, pork safety, quality and nutrition, producer and public health, and environmental science. A number of different programs are active within these areas in response to producer needs. Management of unanticipated issues that arise and that have the potential to impact the viability or health of the U.S. swine industry is an important function of the department.
Candidates selected for these positions will be expected to participate in various aspects of departmental activities. These activities may include:
- Participation in the planning and operation of meetings at local, state, and national levels.
- Assistance with National Pork Board activities at World Pork Expo, June 6 – 8, 2012.
- Working with individual staff members to complete specific new and on-going projects or independent projects within the program areas listed above.
- Attendance and participation in technical working group, producer committee, departmental and organizational staff meetings.
The nature of many of the activities within the Science and Technology department requires the completion of both planned and unplanned tasks. Flexibility and the ability to become rapidly acquainted with new issues are important skills necessary for successful completion of departmental objectives. Candidates for this position are expected to possess the following skills:
- The ability to work on several projects at one time with a high attention to detail and quality of work.
- Have competence in MS Office software programs.
- Be willing to travel two to four days per month, including some overnight travel.
- Be comfortable working in an environment that demands flexible scheduling, independent work, and shifting priorities.
- Have the ability to become rapidly familiar with new topics, issues, or projects.
Interested candidates should be enrolled in, or have recently completed, an animal science-related degree program. This may include, but is not limited to animal science, veterinary medicine and environmental sciences. An interest and commitment to the U.S. swine industry is required. Some travel will be required.
Domestic Marketing Intern (1 position):
The candidate selected for this internship will assist in the various activities and programs implemented within the Domestic Marketing Department. Outreach efforts are executed within the specific areas of consumer advertising, public relations, social media, retail, foodservice, and market research. Different components of this internship include assisting in the development and coordination of specific programs, project coordination with agency partners, contributing ideas and feedback regarding different program initiatives, and participating in various departmental activities.
Ideal candidates will have an academic emphasis on marketing, public relations or advertising. Agriculture background is not required. Strong communication skills are a must. Some travel may be required.
Human Resources Intern (1 position):
The candidate selected for this internship will assist in the various activities and programs implemented within the Human Resources Department. A wide range of generalist-type duties will be included in the day to day work along with various project work. Responsibilities might include assisting with recruitment for full and temporary staff, employee orientation, salary administration, training and development, payroll and benefits administration, and / or compensation analysis. Ideal candidate will have an academic emphasis on Human Resources Management. Strong written and oral communication skills are a must.
US Pork Center of Excellence Intern (1 position):
The candidate selected for this internship will assist in the various activities and programs implemented within the US Pork Center of Excellence. Responsibilities may include: assisting with special projects, contributing to the quarterly newsletter, webpage maintenance and assistance in marketing the existing USPCE programs. Candidates for this position are expected to have the following:
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Self-starter who can work as a team player
• Proficiency in typing and computer skills
Applicants must be interested in the pork industry. Applicants will benefit from having an agricultural background and/or an academic emphasis in animal science, agriculture journalism, agricultural communications or journalism.
The National Pork Board seeks a dynamic person to become director of food chain coordination. This professional will be responsible for coordinating the delivery of pork industry messages and programs through allied food chain partners and stakeholders to critical consumer and food chain audiences.
Applicants should have at least five years professional experience in communications, supply chain management, and/or sales and marketing, preferably within the food industry. Experience with influencing change, promoting new ideas, and establishing and improving relationships is necessary. Position requires extensive knowledge in maintaining partnerships with customers and packer/processors, as well as industry organizations.
A Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent in a related discipline such as meat science, agriculture, marketing or communications is preferred. Agriculture and/or trade association experience is strongly preferred.
This position requires extensive domestic travel by both air and auto. Must have valid driver's license and good driving record.
The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, technology, swine health, pork safety and environmental management. Applicants should be able to support the mission of the organization with enthusiasm to serve U.S. pork producers.
Qualified candidates should forward their cover letter, resume and salary to:
No phone calls please.
The National Pork Board, an equal opportunity employer, offers and exceptional benefits package and work environment. Visit us online at www.pork.org