AAEA Summer Intern

Josh Booth

by Josh Booth, Senior in Science and Agricultural Journalism at the University of Missouri

I can’t think of a better way to spend a summer than writing, posting and reporting on pigs. Last summer I had the opportunity to work for the PORK Network as the AAEA editorial intern in Lenexa, Kansas. The PORK Network is a magazine that provides news and insight to pork producers about happenings in the pork industry.

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Photo Courtesy of Josh Booth

I was able to learn many aspects that go into producing an online and print magazine. I daily uploaded content to the PORK Network website and helped manage the website. The content ranged from news releases to coverage on legislation involving the pork industry. Also I was able to write and edit content that appeared online and in print. I took pictures throughout the summer that appeared in print, online and in advertisements. Then I posted on social media and created a social media campaign. The campaign shared
“pigtures” that were selfies with pigs.

I reported at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa. There were several meetings about topics from swine health to tips on management. I took pictures and helped run the company booth as well. I also traveled to Arizona to help set up for the 2015 Ag Media Summit.

My internship was a great experience. I learned a lot and can’t thank JoAnn Alumbaugh and Angela Bowman enough for the opportunity.

I know many of you are applying for and accepting internships for the summer. Here are tips that will help you in your internship.

  1. Never be afraid to ask for help – I was surrounded by highly professional people to learn from. In an internship you’re not going to know how to do everything. Your success equates success for the company. So always ask if you need help. It shows your initiative to improve your craft.
  1. Be willing to learn a variety of things – An internship is a learning experience. Don’t shy away from learning new things. Learn from those who have the experience in the areas you want to improve on.
  1. Have fun! – At the end of the day, the company you’ll be working for saw something in you. Work hard to become an asset that the company wanted you to be. Enjoy your time as the summer goes by quick. Happy interning!