LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) is proud to select and support six college students as interns starting this summer, one being an unprecedented international internship. The students met recently for an intern orientation in Lincoln to learn about the role of the Nebraska Corn Board and cooperators, as well as intern objectives and goals.
NCB will be partnering with the U.S. Grains Council to host its first-ever international student intern in their country office of Panama City, Panama. Four of the five already established internships will be hosted by national cooperators of NCB: National Corn Growers Association in St. Louis, Missouri and Washington, D.C., the U.S. Grains Council in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Meat Export Federation in Denver, Colorado. One student intern will be held in the NCB office in Lincoln, which is a year-long internship that has been engaging students for over 20 years.
“Year after year, Nebraska continues to hit homeruns, finding excellent interns to learn about and serve our national cooperators,” said Don Hutchens, executive director for the Nebraska Corn Board. “This year, we are very excited to support the first-ever international internship to Panama City. This is an unprecedented time in the agricultural industry and the first time any commodity board has put together an internship internationally. We are excited for the future of this internship program.”
The NCB office in Lincoln is excited to welcome Morgan Zumpfe of Friend, Nebraska, for a year-long internship. Morgan will be a sophomore in Animal Science with a business emphasis at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. As part of her internship, she will oversee crop progress report placement, contribute to communication and outreach programs and help with education and promotion activities.
The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) office in Washington, D.C. will host Morgan Nelson of Norfolk, Nebraska, as their summer intern supported by a partnership between NCB and NCGA. Morgan is a graduate student in Public Service and Administration, Public Management with an emphasis in state and local government at the Texas A&M University. She will be involved with a variety of agricultural issues related to environmental regulations, transportation, free trade agreements, biotechnology, ethanol and energy.
The National Corn Growers Association headquarters office in St. Louis, Missouri, will host Joe Conrad from St. Joseph, Missouri, as their summer intern supported by a partnership between NCB and NCGA. Joe will be a senior in Economics and Political Science at the University of Nebraska – Omaha. He will be assisting with membership and communication programs, as well as participating in committee meetings and policy issues.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) will host Bryan Brower of Omaha, Nebraska, as their summer intern supported by a partnership between NCB and USGC. Bryan is a junior in Accounting with a minor in Political Science at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He will be working with policy, assisting with international trade teams and helping to develop promotions and international relations.
The U.S. Grains Council will host their first international intern, Matt Perlinger from Paxton, Nebraska, in Panama City, Panama, in cooperation with NCB. Matt is a dual-major senior in Agribusiness, banking and finance option, and Spanish. He will be working on issues related to global trade in food and agricultural products, assisting with communication to importers, and working with the new MAIZALL alliance between corn growers of North and South America.
The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) will host Abigail Wehrbein of Plattsmouth, Nebraska, as their summer intern supported by a partnership between NCB and USMEF. Abigail is a sophomore in Animal Science with a meat science option from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She will be assisting with beef and pork specific projects, as well as promotions and international relationship opportunities.
"Nebraskans should be very proud of our collegiate candidates who apply for these internships," said Hutchens. “I'm convinced we have the best internship program of any commodity in any state."