The National Western Stock Show is excited to offer four undergraduate students from colleges/ universities across the United States the opportunity to serve as the 2017 National Western Livestock Show Media Interns. During their internship, the interns will host a range of responsibilities from writing human interest stories, contributing to the NWSS Livestock blog and managing NWSS Livestock social media platforms to shooting candid photos in the yards and on the hill.
The 2017 National Western Livestock Show Media Internship applicant pool included more than 40 talented students from more than 15 different colleges/ universities. The 2017 National Western Livestock Show Media Interns include:
I am from eastern South Dakota and a proud member of a fifth generation family farm and ranch. My mom and dad instilled in my four sisters and me a love for raising and showing livestock. I consider myself one of the lucky ones that had the opportunity to show and compete in 4-H and FFA, two organizations that inspired me to pursue a career in agriculture. Additionally, I always loved taking pictures and writing stories, so I knew that studying communications was the perfect choice for me.
Today, I am a junior at Oklahoma State University studying animal science and agricultural communications. At OSU, I am active in Animal Science Leadership Alliance, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, and was a member of the 2016 National Champion Meat Judging Team. As a cowboy, I have gained skills, memories and friendships that will carry throughout my future in the livestock industry. Upon graduation, I plan to pursue a career in public relations, so I can apply my media skills to promote agriculture to a broad audience.
Completely humbled to have this opportunity, I am excited and ready to get to know each of you at the 2017 National Western Stock Show!
I am a senior at Oklahoma State University, double majoring in agribusiness and agricultural communications with plans to graduate in May. I have had a love and passion for the livestock industry since I was a nine-year-old little girl. I grew up raising and showing pigs in Yukon, Okla., alongside my brother and sister. Twelve years later, nothing has changed. I still have the same love and passion for today’s youth and the livestock industry, and plan to stay involved throughout the following years.
I currently serve as a communications intern for the OSU College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources, where I work closely with the college in designing various marketing materials, preparing press releases and providing assistance with social media and photography when needed.
Upon graduation, I plan to obtain a career in the marketing or communications department of an agriculture-related industry.
My name is Kendra Davis and I was born in Glenville, a small town in Southern M.N. I grew up on a cow/calf operation where my family and I raise crossbred and purebred Shorthorn cattle – aiming to improve our herd both on a genotypic and phenotypic basis. My sister and I have also shown cattle on the local, state, and national levels. I have been involved with agriculture my whole life, and have a huge passion for the industry.
I am currently a Senior at South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D. I am majoring in Agricultural Communications. By the time I have completed my degrees, I will also have minors in Animal Science, Agricultural Business, Advertising, and Journalism. I know that this sounds like quite a bit, but I realized early in life that I am a jack-of-all trades. I decided it would be best to try and use this to my advantage.
In addition to my inborn fondness for farming, I am also passionate about the journalism and print industry as well as spreading the word of agriculture. I believe that it is very important for agriculturalists to display what they do to the public and one of the most efficient ways to get this information to them is through print and social media.
I am currently active in many things including the American Junior Shorthorn Association board of directors where I am serving as vice president. I am president of the SDSU Block and Bridle club, on Little International staff, involved with Agriculture Future of America (AFA) and I write for various newspapers including the SDSU Collegian. When I am not busy doing those things I am working as a part-time cake decorator.
I am very excited to join the National Western Stock Show’s team as a media intern this year. I am looking forward to being able to help share the tradition of one of the oldest shows in the country. It will definitely be a great time in Denver!
Hi everyone, my name is Quay Owen and I’m from Canyon, Texas. Growing up, I was actively involved in 4-H and FFA. I enjoyed competing in a variety of contests, holding leadership positions, and getting to meet new people. Lambs & pigs quickly became my passion and I traveled across the nation exhibiting at livestock shows. It was after a journalism class in high school when I realized my passion for communications.
In August of 2014, I attended South Plains College where I was a member of their livestock judging team. I loved getting to travel the country, looking at livestock with my teammates, who will forever be my lifelong friends.
During my college career, I’ve had several opportunities to intern for different companies and organizations. Currently, I am a junior agricultural communications major at Texas Tech University with plans to eventually obtain my doctorate degree. At Texas Tech, I’m working as an undergraduate research assistant.
The livestock industry has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. I strive to give back to the people who have helped me get this far in life, be a positive influence to those who are growing up in the industry, and use my voice to advocate for agriculture.
I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity to intern at the National Western and am excited to gain experience from successful industry leaders during my time in Denver.