Anne Bjerum Internship

Anne Bjerum
Agricultural Education, Communications Option
Mountain Lake, Minnesota
National Pork Producers Council
Washington, DC

Describe your internship responsibilities:

Each day I read about current events in the world pork industry to keep the International Trade group up-to-date. Otherwise, I did anything from lobbying for the Peru Free Trade Agreement to compiling global trade reports to working with the USDA and USTR on various technical barriers to trade.

What did you enjoy most about this internship?
Definitely the variety! Each day brought new issues to deal with as well as new challenges. It was also exciting to live in DC to gain more exposure to the U.S. political landscape. The people I worked with also made my entire experience a lot of fun.

How has this experience impacted your future career plans?
Needless to say, I will now be working full-time for the National Pork Producers Council out of its Urbandale, Iowa office.

What resources did you utilize to obtain this internship?
I became aware of the opportunity through Mike Gaul, Ag Career Services Director. Additionally, I talked to other Iowa State students who interned with NPPC in past semesters.

What advice would you offer to other students seeking similar internships?
Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Get out into the industry and continually make new contacts and maintain relationships that already exist. Between a solid work ethic and knowing several influential people, many doors will open for you.