Application Materials are due to the TPPA Office by March 1, 2018

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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 beginning of 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 512.262.0595!

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 .”



2017 TPPA Summer Intern

Jordyn Senkirik – Texas A&M University

University: I graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2016 with a major in Agricultural Leadership and Development. During college, I was involved in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council, Sigma Alpha Professional Sorority, and ALEC Aggie Reps. I also participated in multiple agricultural internships throughout college, including interning at the Texas major stock shows, AgriLife Extension, and the United States House of Representatives. Currently, I am working on my master’s degree in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications to pursue a career advocating for the agriculture industry.
Proudest Accomplishment: So far, my proudest accomplishment has been to work in our Nation’s Capital. My last semester of college, I began the Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Program application process in hopes to be selected to intern in Washington, D.C. I never expected to be accepted into the program, but thankfully I was given the opportunity to live and work in D.C. My summer internship allowed for me to learn more about our federal government, but also allowed for me to realize the need for more people to bring awareness of the importance of agriculture in our everyday lives. This experience allowed for me to narrow down my future career in agricultural policy.
Why TPPA?: Education. Advocacy. Promotion. TPPA truly stands for and values their mission statement. It was a great opportunity to witness how TPPA represents producers, youth, and the agricultural industry throughout my internship. This summer allowed for me to learn more about the swine industry, meet with producers from all over the state, and reaffirm my passion for the industry. My experience with TPPA has been truly unique and like no other. I can’t begin to express the impact this association has made on me, and I am very thankful for my time with TPPA.
Background: I grew up actively involved in both 4-H and FFA showing barrows and gilts at all the Texas majors as well as Charolais heifers. My show experience and involvement in 4-H and FFA initiated my passion for agriculture. However, during college I was able to experience other aspects of the agriculture industry outside of showing livestock. Agriculture is such a complex industry and there are so many aspects to it. TPPA allowed for me to gain a new perspective of the swine industry that will continue to help me pursue my passion for agriculture and to advocate for the people within the industry.

2016 TPPA Summer Intern

BAllison Burenheide – Texas A&M University

University: Recent graduate from Texas A&M university with a double major in Animal Science and Agricultural Communications and Journalism. I was involved in many different activities in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and was a member of the 2015 Livestock Judging Team. I’m currently pursuing my Masters Degree in Leadership in Livestock Production Industries at Oklahoma State University to further my education to advocate for agriculture and producers.
Proudest Accomplishment: My proudest accomplishment so far was when I won the Carload Contest at the 2015 National Western Livestock Judging Contest. I have always been passionate about judging and being able to carry that passion to senior college was an amazing experience. Livestock judging is something I have shared with my dad since I was a child, and him being at the banquet being able to share that moment with me is something I’ll never forget.
Why TPPA?: I wanted to intern for TPPA because I believe in what they stand for. They strive to advocate and educate for the swine industry and their passion for both their youth members and producers is amazing. I am so thankful I was able to be part of an association that goes above and beyond to represent the Texas pork industry.
Background: I grew up one a Sim-Angus commercial cow-calf operation and showed all kinds of livestock. Along with showing market steers and sheep I also showed market hogs at Texas majors. I was extremely involved in FFA and 4-H, where I was able to pursue my passions of working with others and advocating for an industry I love.
I am very thankful that TPPA allowed me the opportunity to experience the swine industry and meet some of the nations leading producers.

2015 TPPA Summer Intern

Bailee_Wright copyBailee Wright – West Texas A&M

University: Junior Agricultural Media & Communications major at West Texas A&M University. I am involved in many clubs and organizations within the Agriculture Sciences Department, as well as a member of the Livestock Judging Team. I plan on pursuing a Masters degree in Education or Leadership and using my degrees to globally advocate for the livestock industry.
Proudest Accomplishment: My proudest accomplishment is being able to represent my university as an Agriculture Ambassador, which allows me to work first hand with the youth of Texas and promote leadership through agriculture.
Favorite Quotes: Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding,” and “Blessed is the leader who seeks the best for those he serves.”-(Author Unknown)
Why TPPA?: TPPA is a voice for an industry I am passionate about and uses its voice to serve producers, consumers and the young people involved in the industry. I am very thankful for the opportunity to help serve, as well as learn and grow from the association and those involved.
Background: I grew up showing gilts and barrows at all the Texas majors and was heavily involved in FFA and 4-H. My two passions in life are serving others and being involved in the agriculture industry. I love to travel and stay busy; I truly believe life is best spent living out of a suitcase. My favorite thing to do, now that I am no longer showing, is to watch my little brother show his hogs and heifers.