Application Materials are due to the TPPA Office by March 15, 2021

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The purpose of this internship is for the selected student(s) to become involved in the pork industry by actively engaging in the daily functions of the Texas Pork Producers Association. Intern(s) will not only work to enhance the development & delivery of program activities, but also assist in providing communications & educational opportunities for producers, youth and the public about the pork industry.


1. Observe the functions of an agricultural organization.
2. Gain communications and public relations experience.
3. Learn about producer and youth educational programs.
4. Learn about marketing, promotional & public relations programs.
5. Be involved in the development & implementation of said programs.
6. Represent TPPA in a professional & positive manner throughout the internship


10-12 week internship during the summer, with details, will be determined on an individual basis. The intern will be actively involved in various activities and tasks, including but not limited to the following:

1. Receive training from the National Pork Board and represent TPPA at World Pork Expo.
2. Assist with multi-media marketing & pork promotion; design advertisements, build web content.
3. Assist in the planning and facilitation of the Texas Pork Leadership Camp.
4. Prepare, organize & carry out functions of the Texas Pork Industry Conference & Youth Symposium.
5. Be involved in the writing of press releases and feature stories for the Producer Connection magazine and TPPA website.
6. Perform daily office tasks including: answering phones, filing, data entry & assisting membership.

Selection Criteria

Position(s) is available to any student, but preference will be given to those meeting the following criteria:

1. A Texas resident
2. A full-time college student with an agricultural-related major that has experience in communications, marketing and journalism.
3. A student in good scholastic standing with excellent written & oral communication skills.
4. Exhibits a genuine interest in animal agriculture.

Financial Assistance

The intern will be paid on an hourly basis to help cover expenses during the summer and/or a scholarship will be paid directly to their college institution. Details will be discussed prior to the beginning of the internship.

Application Process

Please submit a cover letter and resume that portrays your qualifications and desire to work in agriculture, specifically the pork industry.

If interested please call us at 806.705.6800!

2018 TPPA Summer Interns

Brooke Blum – Texas Tech University

Brooke is a Senior Animal Science major at Texas Tech University. Brooke grew up as the daughter of two agricultural science teachers in Howe where she became active in FFA and the livestock industry at a very young age. She competitively exhibited barrows, heifers and steers across the state and nation. At Texas Tech, Brooke was a member of the 2016 Co-National Champion Wool Judging Team and was selected to receive All-American Team honors. She currently is a member of the 2018 Texas Tech University Livestock Judging Team. Brooke served as the President for the Block and Bridle Club and is currently a student assistant in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. She has also been named to the Texas Tech President’s and Dean’s lists, along with being a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. She will be graduating from Texas Tech in December of 2018. “While interning with TPPA, I hope to gain more knowledge about the pork industry as well as be able to help educate and advocate for the agricultural industry.”

Tori Abner – Texas A&M University

Tori is currently a Senior Animal Science major at Texas A&M University. Tori attended Howe High School, where she graduated as Valedictorian of her class. Her family raised show pigs, and she competitively showed gilts and barrows at all major shows across Texas. Once at Texas A&M, Tori was a member of the 2016 National Champion Wool Judging Team and received All-American honors. Tori currently serves as the Saddle & Sirloin President and is on the awards committee for the National Block and Bridle organization. She has also interned with Iowa Select on a commercial sow and finishing operation. Tori worked with the National Pork Board on the #RealPigFarming Student Social Forces and was named as a National Pork Board scholarship recipient. Upon graduation from Texas A&M, Tori hopes to pursue a career in swine production. Tori said, “I look forward to working with TPPA this summer and interacting with all of the great members of this association. I’m excited about the opportunity to share my enthusiasm and passion for the swine industry.”