The American Farm Bureau Federation will offer five paid internships this summer in its Washington, DC office. The actual dates of summer internships are between mid-May and mid-August, depending on schedules. It is preferred that interns start their internship no later than June 15. The internship will last for 8-10 weeks, ending no later than August 7. Interns are supervised by an Intern Coordinator in their assigned department.
Interns are responsible for their own housing.
Accounting Internship – Washington, DC
Preference is given to students completing their junior year with a major in accounting or finance. Experience and aptitude in exploring budgeting and accounting with strong Excel skills are required. Interns will assist Finance staff in preparation of the annual budget, reporting, analysis, and some general ledger work. Intern may also have an opportunity to assist with implementation of a new Travel & Expense electronic solution. Candidate should possess analytical skills, critical thinking, and be a good communicator. The skill level of the internship is ideal for undergraduate students.
Communications Internship – Washington, DC
Preference is given to students completing their junior year with a major in communications, journalism or a related field, but other students are considered. Strong writing skills are required. Experience and aptitude in exploring business applications of social media (Web 2.0) is a plus. Interns assist Communications staff in their work on website content – including news articles, news releases and statements – as well as media relations, public relations campaigns and events. The skill level of the internship is ideal for undergraduate students.
Leadership, Education and Engagement Internship – Washington, DC
Students should have completed at least their sophomore year of undergraduate coursework, with a major in agriculture, education, policy, leadership or a related field. The intern will assist staff in the program areas of Membership, Promotion & Education, Safety, Young Farmers & Ranchers, and Women’s Leadership. The intern will also work with staff on grassroots efforts and leadership development. This internship is well suited for individuals who are interested in program development in the agriculture industry. The skill level of the internship is ideal for undergraduate students.
Public Policy Internship – Economic Analysis – Washington, DC
Students should have completed at least their sophomore year of undergraduate coursework, with a major in agricultural economics or a related field. The intern assists economists in the research and analysis of topics such as trade policy, crop and livestock markets, agricultural policy, environmental policy, farm income, taxes and rural development. Candidates should possess the ability to collect and analyze data, conduct issues based research and write briefings and reports. The skill level of the internship is ideal for undergraduate students.
Public Policy Internship – Legislative – Washington, DC
Students should have completed at least their sophomore year of undergraduate coursework, preferably with a major in an agriculture or public policy-related field. The intern assists lobbyists with a wide range of government policies that impact farm and ranch families through research and summarizing information from briefings or meetings. Candidates should possess an interest in agriculture and government relations. The skill level of the internship is ideal for undergraduate students.
How to Apply:
Please send cover letter, resume, transcript, two letters of recommendation and up to three writing or broadcast samples by mail or email to the contact below.
Be sure to identify the internship to which you are applying in your cover letter. Applicants should specify their areas of interest and how their background provides them the proper knowledge and abilities to excel in this internship.
Application materials are due by December 31, 2019. Please send requested materials via mail or email to:
American Farm Bureau Federation
600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 1000W
Washington, DC 20024
Candidates will be notified of their status no later than March 13, 2020.