Agricultural Communications

College of ACES & College of Media

Internship Postings

How To Have A Successful Internship

Summer internships are fast-approaching!  Internships are extremely exciting opportunities that will give you a glimpse into the working world and can greatly influence your career path.  Make the most of your summer internship and leave the best impression on your employer.   Here are some helpful tips to hitting a homerun on your summer internships:
1. Network, network, network! Internships are a great place to connect and develop professional working relationships. Meeting employees from all functions of the organization will allow you to get more out of the internship, and provide you with a better understanding of the business as a whole. If schedules allow, try to set up meetings and ask questions. Remember, every relationship that you create at this internship may open up new opportunities down the road!
2. Say “Yes!” Accepting a wide array of projects is bound to impress your employer, as long as you do a quality job on each. Taking on more work will also allow for a more realistic idea of what a full-time employee experiences. Take advantage of the opportunities that your supervisor or co-workers offer, it will only enhance this learning experience.
3. Quality is everything. Executing high quality work is essential for a successful internship. Unlike a homework assignment where a simple miscalculation will only cost you a point, turning in weak assignments are costly in both time and money for the company. Employers want a thorough, neat, and flawless report that took you a little longer than one that needs a lot of editing. However, make sure you are always staying mindful of deadlines.


On this page, students will find the most recent internship postings.

Employer: Office of Communications for Enrollment Management

Position: Marketing & Social Media Intern

Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 150597

Employer: High Country News

Position: It's that time of year again, where one of the best magazines west of the Mississippi is seeking applications for our 5.5-month internship. High Country News is an award-winning magazine, whose readership (and budget) is growing, thanks to the increased urgency of the subjects it covers: the environmental, economic and social dimensions unique to the American West. Interns learn to report magazine-style stories through in-depth reporting and rigorous editing and go on to become leaders in the field of journalism.

Deadline March 15. For more information, go here:

Employer: Dura Products

Position: Manufacturer's Rep (Paid Spring Internship) - Agriculture
Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 146266

Employer: US Foods

Position: Intern - Merchandising - Category Management (Grocery)
Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 146681

Employer: Top Box Foods

Position: Community Outreach Manager- Chicago and Lake County, IL
Position Type: Entry Level Employment
I-Link ID: 150458

Employer: Edlong Dairy Flavors

Position: Marketing Intern
Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 149946

Employer: National Pork Producers Council

Position: NPPC Communications Intern Fall 2017
Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 149336

Employer: DuPont Pioneer

Position: Sales & Marketing Intern - Pennsylvania/Maryland (SAL00003907)
Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 149472

Employer: Adobe

Position: Adobe Student Internships
Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 149476

Employer: Hormel Foods Corporation

Position: Sales Intern  SP17
Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 148736

Employer: NPC International Inc./dba Pizza  Hut

Position: Paid Pizza Hut Marketing Intern
Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 148686

Employer: The Walt Disney Company

Position: Agricultural Sciences Professional Internship
Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 148841

Employer: IMPACT

Position: Social Change Internship

Click here for more information and the application. 

Employer: ACES Communications and Marketing

Position: ACES Communications and Marketing Intern

Position Type: A great opportunity to spend the summer working in Champaign-Urbana while learning new skills and expanding your marketing and communications portfolio!

As the ACES Communications and Marketing Intern, you will have the opportunity to work with ACES staff to personally design your internship and focus on the areas of marketing and communications in which you are most interested, or want to gain experience. Options* include social media messaging and planning, brochure design, online content development, poster design, photography, video editing, invitation design, feature writing for ACES@Illinois, and more! This is a paid internship. *Several projects such as online content development and social media messaging are required
Full-time position from Mid- to late-May through mid-August
Applications due March 1
Hourly stipend

Applicants should be undergraduate or graduate students in agricultural communications, journalism, public relations, marketing, or other related fields. Must be a team player who enjoys working with people and feels comfortable working in a creative and fast-paced environment. A successful applicant must be deadline-driven and self-motivated.
Experience in Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop, in addition to Associated Press style and basic journalism/design coursework is preferred.

Interested individuals should e-mail the following to Jennifer Shike, Director of Communications and Marketing, at
Cover letter, resume, two writing samples, two design or photography samples, and three references.

Employer: Archer Daniels Midland Company

Position: Commodity Merchandising Intern
Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 145618


Employer: Michigan Allied Poultry

Position: 2017 Summer Intern

Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 148002

Employer: McHenry County Conservation District

Position: Wildlife Resource Center Intern
Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 147875


Employer: Nestle USA

Position: Nestle Purina 2017 Summer Interns
Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 148082


Employer: Golden Oaks Farm

Position: Golden Oak's Farm Internship
Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 148084

Employer: Creative Consulting and Development Works

Position: Environment & Sustainable Development Internship

Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)

I-Link ID: 145741

Employer: American Agricultural Editors' Association (AAEA)

The first undergraduate college student in agricultural communications will be chosen to work as an editorial communications intern for Farm Journal Media in Mexico, Missouri. “The intern will be involved with a number of the properties within Farm Journal Media, including the multimedia platforms of Farm Journal, and Top Producer,” says Susan Luke, Farm Journal Media. “He or she will write and post news items for the websites and print, and will be involved in social media for the brands.” The student chosen will learn how to deploy enewsletters and how to curate and aggregate content for digital sites and social media. In addition, the individual will have the opportunity to attend meetings and conferences with staff members. “The intern will work closely with experienced editors as well as younger staff members,” notes Luke.
As part of Farm Journal Media, the intern needs to have excellent writing and communication skills. “He or she should have the ability to work effectively both individually and as part of a team,” she says. “The ability to work on several projects simultaneously will be a plus, including experience with video editing tools such as Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premier.”

A second student will be selected for the AAEA marketing communications internship and will work for Broadhead + Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “Agency experience can be extremely hard to come by, and even more competitive to gain as a student,” says Marguerite Haggerty, Broadhead + Company. “Completing an internship at our agency has the potential to be an invaluable work experience for the intern.” Candidates for the Broadhead + Company internship should possess strong writing and editing skills, as well as the ability to work in a close knit, collaborative, team environment. The intern will be involved in a variety of experiences and projects as a part of the Broadhead + Company team. Some of the responsibilities will include writing and interviewing client experts for content development to be used in print and digital formats and planning activities and arrangements for events. He or she will also attend and participate in client meetings, media training sessions, presentations, project management meetings and brainstorming sessions.

Each intern will earn a $4,500 stipend for approximately 10 weeks and another $1,000 toward the cost of attending the Agricultural Media Summit in Snowbird, Utah, July 22 to 26, 2017. Both internships are made possible through grants from the AAEA Professional Improvement Foundation.
Email for the application form.

All applications must be postmarked or emailed no later than Monday, February 6, 2017.

Employer: Oceans Campus

Position:Oceans Campus is offering an opportunity for undergraduate students of all levels to become a member of the Oceans Research Unit in Mossel Bay, South Africa.

The renowned Oceans Research Internship offers a 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity for students to gain hands on practical training in conducting  research on South Africa's marine mega-fauna, including the great white shark. Interns join our scientists daily on their research expeditions to  conduct groundbreaking research and experiments involving Mossel Bay's sharks and marine mammals.

Being a part of this internship, students will gain valuable insight and training in the latest research techniques and seamanship to equip them with the skills necessary to be a successful marine biologist.

Employer: Institute for Genomic Biology 

Position: This is a paid position for up to 10 hours per week, beginning after January 17, 2017. Support the strategic communications for four multi-million dollar grants (RIPE; PETROSS; TERRA-MEPP; and WEST) that are working to increase the productivity of crops to feed and fuel the growing global population. Major Duties and Responsibilities (detailed job duties):Assist with writing profiles, news releases and feature articles related to the research projects. Manage four Twitter accounts: @RIPEresearch; @arpaeWEST; @TERRA_MEPP; @LongLAb. Design various graphics for social media and news releases. Photograph the day-to-day operations of the grant from labwork to transformations, greenhouse trials, and field trials. Complete other duties that further the mission of the unit as required by the Communications Coordinator.

Experience Required: Excellent writing and editing skills, social media management experience; proficient with Twitter; ability to work independently with only general direction; and experience independently prioritizing multiple tasks to meet critical deadlines
Preferred: Photography and graphic design skills; proficient in the Adobe Creative Suite (including InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom, and Illustrator); working knowledge of TweetDeck; and experience with a content management system

Employer: National Western Stock Show

Position: National Western Stock Show Media Internship 

Applications due November 23, 2016. 


Employer: The Chronicle of Higher Education

Position: Intern as a full-time reporter in their Washington D.C. newsroom

More information on how to apply can be found here.

Employer: Operation Crossroads Africa

Position: Volunteer Intern

Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 145101


Employer: Progressive Publishing

Position: Editorial Internship with Progressive Publishing
Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 144959


Employer: Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America 

Position: Takeda 2017 Summer Internships
Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 145106


Employer: Novus International

Position: Global Poultry Marketing Intern
Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 145267

Employer: DuPont Pioneer

Position: Marketing Communications Intern (MAR00002199)
Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 143954

Employer: Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Position: WinField US - Sales Internship
Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 144225

Employer: DuPont Pioneer

Position: Agronomy Sales Intern - Western Illinois (SAL00003832)
Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 143151

Employer: Syngenta Inc.

Position: Sales Intern
Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 143544

Employer: Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Position: WinField Marketing Intern
Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 143469

Employer: Caterpillar

Position: Corporate Intern 2017: Marketing - (Job Number: 160005HJ)
Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)
I-Link ID: 141587

Employer: Institute for Genomic Biology (Apply ASAP)

The Videography Intern will be responsible for working with the Communications Coordinator to produce a 3-5 minute promotional video featuring a new research project at the University of Illinois. The research project, called TERRA-MEPP (, is a low-cost, autonomous robot that analyzes biofuel crops throughout the growing season to pinpoint plants with desirable yield and sustainability traits. The internship will be a paid hourly position ($11 per hour) for the duration of the project.

Email Claire Benjamin ( with resume and examples of past videography work.


Employer: Learn With All (Apply by 8/24/16)

Position: Internship

Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)

I-Link ID: 131940


Employer: University of Illinois Extension (Apply by 9/30/2016)

Position: Social media specialist

Position Type: Local, Part-Time Student Employment

I-Link ID: 141273

• Work as a member of Extension's digital marketing team
• Develop educational and marketing content for Extension websites and social media channels such as Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and Twitter.
• Engage with and grow our base of 115,000 social followers
• Excellent communication skills
• Excellent writing skills
• Self-starter
• Experience with social media
• Graphic design (Adobe creative suite) skills a plus


Employer: Caterpillar (Apply by 10/07/2016)

Position: Corporate Intern - 2017 Sessions - TV/Video Production - (Job Number: 160005HX)

Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)

I-Link ID: 141586

To apply visit:


Employer: CNH Industrial (Apply by 10/07/2016)

Position: Sales & Marketing Intern

Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)

I-Link ID: 141305

Through its people and brands, CNH Industrial delivers power, technology and innovation to farmers, builders and drivers all around the world. Each of its brands, including Case IH, New Holland Agriculture, Case and New Holland Construction, FPT Industrial, Capital, and Parts & Service, is a major international force in its specific sector.

Gain experience, while being exposed to the agricultural/construction business and CNH. Experience day to day operations while working in a team environment. Opportunities are available in the areas of Sales, Marketing, Communications and other related fields. Positions are located throughout US.

The qualified candidate will be working on an undergraduate or master's degree in Sales, Marketing or similar degree. A farming background or experience working in the agricultural, construction, or landscaping sector is preferred, but not required.
Specific requirements include:

*Strong problem solving and analytical skills.
*Some positions may require the ability to travel to remote sites.
*Ability to work with limited supervision.
*Strong written and verbal communication skills.



Employer: Chronicle of Higher Education (Apply by 10/10/16)

Click here for more information.


Employer: AgCreate Solutions, Inc. (Apply by 10/10/2016)

Position: Web Designer

Position Type: Entry Level Employment

I-Link ID: 139552

Bachelor’s degree, Associates degree, or equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge, and abilities.


75% Creative and Educational Materials
• Web design and support
• Digital marketing and social media
• Graphic design
• Develop and edit E-Learning modules (Articulate Storyline 2, Lectora, Captivate)
• Construct interactive quiz questions
• Interface with customers on specific projects
• Assist with project management, research, and implementation strategy

25% Support Tasks
• Prepare lessons for language translation
• Video logging
• Assist with photo and video shoots
• Provide product technical support
• Provide Learning Management Software technical support
• Other TBD technical support tasks


Employer: Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (Apply by 10/31/2016)

Position: Public Engagement Undergrad Assistant

Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)

I-Link ID: 141241

The IGB Public Engagement Undergraduate Assistant will support the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology’s efforts to help educate internal and external audiences about IGB research through outreach activities, public engagement programs and communications.

• Promoting upcoming IGB outreach events through various community and university calendars
• Maintaining outreach records and databases
• Recording and organizing data relevant to IGB outreach programs
• Special research and writing projects as needed
• Preparing for upcoming events
• Representing the IGB at events such as Genome Day, Pollen Power, and Art of Science openings

Passion for learning about sciences is required. Must be well-organized with good communications skills, and able to work both independently and as a team member. Also helpful are college coursework in communications, journalism or similar field. Additional coursework in STEM-related area preferred but not required. This position is open to any class standing.


Employer: Technical Consulting and Research, Inc. (Apply by 11/2/16)

Position: Social Media Marketing Volunteer Internship

Position Type: Internship/Co-op (degree in progress)

I-Link ID: 101509


Employer: Lallemand Animal Nutrition (Apply by 11/30/2016)

Position: Marketing Communications Intern
Duration of position: Summer of 2017

Lallemand Animal Nutrition is seeking a Marketing Communications Intern to join thier team during the summer of 2017. Student must have a minimum of junior status and minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA to apply.

Lallemand Animal Nutrition is committed to optimizing animal performance and well-being with specific natural microbial product and service solutions. Using sound science, proven results and knowledge, Lallemand Animal Nutrition develops, manufactures and markets high value yeast and bacteria products ─ including probiotics, silage inoculants and yeast derivatives. Lallemand offers a higher level of expertise, leadership and industry commitment with long-term and profitable solutions to move our partners Forward.  Lallemand Animal Nutrition is Specific for your success.  For more information, please visit

All internship submissions (consisting of a resume, cover letter and transcript) and are due to by November 30th. For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Erin Carter at or 414-393-4030.


Employer: High Country News (Ongoing)

High Country News is looking for informed and enthusiastic editorial interns and fellows to report on natural resource, environmental and community issues in the 11 Western states.

High Country News, published twice-monthly in Paonia, Colorado, is a nonprofit newsmagazine and website “for people who care about the West.” The magazine reaches 25,000 subscribers — an estimated 60,000 readers — and the website reaches thousands more, including grassroots activists, public land managers, tribal officials, government policymakers, educators, students and interested citizens.

The Los Angeles Times has written that High Country News is "the most influential environmental journal in the Mountain West," and according to Newsweek, “High Country News is a must for anyone following land use issues west of the 100th meridian.” Our hard-hitting coverage has won many major journalism awards during the past few years, including:

    Utne Independent Press Awards for Best Environmental Coverage and Best Local/Regional Coverage
    Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism
    George Polk Award
    First Person Narrative award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors
    Science Journalism Award from the American Association for Advancement of Science
    Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism
    James V. Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism

Every year, High Country News offers four to six internship positions, each six months long, starting in June and January, and a yearlong fellowship, starting each January. We provide free housing and a $220-per-week stipend for interns and free housing and a $375-per-week stipend for fellows. To help defray moving costs, an additional $500 travel stipend is available upon successful completion of the internship.

Our interns and fellows are a key part of the HCN team; aside from a few minor tasks such as sorting the mail and answering phones, interns spend most of their time researching, interviewing, writing, and developing stories and content, for print and the website. We pride ourselves on fairness, accuracy and good writing, and we expect no less of our interns.

For all of our positions, a bachelor's degree or equivalent and some prior journalism experience and/or education is preferred. We also prefer applicants who are familiar with High Country News and who have lived in the West and know its environmental and community issues. Photographic experience and familiarity with audio and visual programs such as Final Cut Pro and Flash, as well as radio or video experience are all pluses. We strongly encourage Native American journalists, Hispanic journalists and those from other under-represented backgrounds to apply. Our fellowship is designed for journalists with experience that may preclude them from an internship and who may have something extra, in terms of experience, to bring to High Country News.

All interns and fellows work with the staff editors to write news stories for the website and for the newsmagazine, ranging in length from 250 to 1,600 words. Depending on their experience and ability, they may also write a 2,500- to 5,000-word feature story. Our editing process is rigorous; copy goes through two layers of editing, and it is not unusual for a story to see six or eight drafts. Reporting is generally conducted over the phone and the Internet, but we also send interns and fellows into the field to do on-the-ground work.

Our interns and fellows go on to become leaders in journalism and public life. They pursue careers as reporters, editors, educators, lawyers, policymakers and freelance writers. Above all, they learn to report with depth and nuance on the issues of critical importance to the American West and the national conversation.

Upcoming start dates and application deadlines are as follows. Applications must be received in our office by the deadline date.


This competitive internship requires writing skills and the ability to communicate ideas, both orally and in writing, to various audiences. We also look for strong curiosity and attention to detail. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in journalism, English or related field is also required.


Starts mid-January
Ends mid-June
(Applications must be received by Nov. 1)


Starts mid-July
Ends mid-December
(Applications must be received by March 15)


The yearlong fellowship includes all of the requirements of the internship, as well as a year of journalism experience or more and a demonstrable knowledge of resource and environmental issues of the Western U.S.

Starts mid-January
Ends mid-December
(Applications must be received by Nov. 1)

Applicants should send an email with attached cover letter, résumé, contact information for three references (phone and email), and three writing samples (plus multimedia samples, if applicable) to Managing Editor Brian Calvert at brianc (at) Please be sure to include “internship application” or “fellowship application” in the subject line.

If emailing an application is not an option, candidates may also mail their materials to:

Managing Editor Brian Calvert
High Country News
P.O. Box 1090
Paonia, CO 81428

Call 970-527-4898 or email brianc (at) for further information.