Youth who are interested in getting experience in the swine industry need to consider applying for internships offered by the National Swine Registry. In all, there are four positions to fill.

Applications for all positions are due by Dec. 1. All are full-time positions that will run from mid-May through mid-August 2012 and will involve a weekly stipend, as well as travel expenses.

Here’s a brief snapshot of the positions, for a more detailed look as well as application instructions, check out the website.

  • NSR Marketing & Communications Intern: This is an opportunity to spend the summer working in the purebred swine industry while learning new skills and expanding your marketing and communications portfolio. You will work with NSR staff to personally design your internship curriculum and focus on the areas of marketing and communications in which you are most interested, or want to gain experience.
  • National Junior Swine Association Intern: This internship will provide experience in planning and executing swine shows and leadership events for the nation's largest youth livestock organization. You will have the opportunity to assist NJSA staff with planning the World Pork Expo Junior National - the National Junior Summer Spectacular, as well as write, take photos and video, facilitate web updates and more. This internship provides experience in event planning, communications, youth leadership and livestock show production.
  • NSR Field Staff Internship: This provides on-the-road experience, traveling with full-time NSR Field Representatives to learn from and contribute to field activities. Responsibilities include visiting purebred swine farms and A.I. boar studs; assisting at NSR-sponsored events including the World Pork Expo, and other national shows and state fairs.
  • NSR Pedigree Internship: This one offers the opportunity to participate in and learn to register swine litters, process show entries, search and deliver pedigrees, provide customer service, and complete various data-handling processes associated with a purebred livestock records system. This internship will also provide exposure to DNA testing and coding and STAGES™ data entry, as well as attendance and assistance with data entry and recordkeeping at NSR shows.

Again, for complete internship descriptions and application instructions, visit NSR online.

Source: NSR