As the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s spring semester winds down, seven students are starting summer internship programs supported by the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Corn Growers Association. The National Corn Growers Association is thankful for Nebraska’s generous support of the two interns who will share their talents with the association this summer.
Although these internships may vary in scope and location, each are designed to provide students with an overview of Nebraska’s corn industry through real-world professional examples and experiences.
“At this point in my college career, I don’t quite know what I want to do after graduation,” said Liz Ruskamp, a UNL animal science major from North Bend who began her internship in the St. Louis office of NCGA today. “I am hoping this internship will help me narrow down options and figure out what I am good at and identify areas where I could improve.”
“Nebraska Corn has long been helping students identify their career paths through our internship program,” said Kelly Brunkhorst, executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Corn Growers Association. “Each year, we’re encouraged to see a new group of energized interns who are ready to get started in their ag careers.”
Five of the seven summer interns will be based outside of the state and will work for major cooperators of Nebraska Corn. The remaining interns will work in Lincoln in the offices of the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Corn Growers Association.
This year’s Nebraska Corn interns (followed by their internship locations) are:
- Liz Ruskamp, National Corn Growers Association – St. Louis
- Elizabeth Todsen, National Corn Growers Association – Washington, D.C.
- Halle Ramsey, U.S. Grains Council – Washington, D.C.
- Alyssa Ehler, U.S. Grains Council – Mexico City
- Hannah Settje, U.S. Meat Export Federation – Denver
- Thomas Hoxmeier, Nebraska Corn Board – Lincoln
- Heidi Borg, Nebraska Corn Growers Association – Lincoln
Ruskamp began working in the St. Louis office today, and the Washington office will welcome Elizabeth Todsen on May 29.
Each intern will document their learning experiences through progress updates and social media posts. To keep up with the students throughout the summer, visit nebraskacorn.gov or follow the Nebraska Corn Board on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.
NCGA is taking a series of actions to do our part to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic fallout it is creating for corn farmers and our customers. Short term, this means instituting policies to protect the health and safety of our stakeholders and the broader communities we serve. Long term, we’re focused on creating solutions to help corn farmers and our customers recover from the financial impacts of this crisis.
CommonGround is a group of farmers connecting with consumers through conversations about science and research and personal stories about food and misinformation surrounding farming. Supported by the NCGA and state corn organizations.
The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by NCGA the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 16 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm.