Now accepting applications for the 2019 National Western Stock Show!
Are you interested in participating in one of the BEST internship experiences you can get? It’s all about meeting people in the industry and being involved at the National Western Stock Show! As an Intern during Stock Show, you will put in long hours, but what you gain in experience is well worth the time and effort. All majors and years in school are welcome to apply. For a full description of the internships, please read on!
- Your cover letter needs to include a rank order of the top 2-3 NWSS internships that you’re interested in. Also, please include the dates you’re available for the internship, year in school, and any skills or experiences you have that make you qualified for the position(s).
- On your resume include your name, local address, phone, and e-mail. Include your major, GPA, and relevant computer and language skills as well.
- In your reference page, please include a minimum of two names and current contact information for references. At least one reference should be a member of your academic community (i.e. professors or advisors).
Applications will be open August 24th through September 30th, 2018. You will be contacted to do an interview either in person or by phone. Students selected for an internship will be notified by mid October. If selected, contact your academic advisor or department internship coordinator to register for internship credits. We realize that the Stock Show overlaps the first week of spring classes. While professors are normally willing to work with you during this time, if selected as an intern, it is your responsibility to contact professors in advance and arrange any necessary make-up work before you leave for the Stock Show.
The Administration internship provides an opportunity for the student to fine tune a vast set of professional skills from basic correspondence, to project management, to hospitality and problem solving in a fast-paced environment.
This intern will learn how to keep an Executive Office orderly and efficient during the nation’s largest stock show, which includes administrative tasks such as answering telephone and e-mail inquiries from customers, attending to visitors, operating office machines (copiers, scanners, postage meters), filing, production of mailings, invoicing, handling database registrations, and processing purchase orders. Intern will also be heavily involved in the management and execution of VIP events to include RSVP tracking, hospitality arrangements, and distribution of tickets, as well as hospitality to VIP guests at rodeo performances and other special events.
Desired skills and traits of applicants are self-motivation, positive attitude, efficiency, attention to detail, strong professional customer service, friendly demeanor, and the ability to problem solve and work under pressure. Applicant must have a solid understanding of Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel [mail merge], and Outlook. Most importantly, must be able to have fun and keep an upbeat attitude! Candidates studying business administration, event planning, project management or communication would be ideal. This internship will consist of 2-3 days a week in October and November, 3-4 days a week in December and 10-11 hour days during all 16 consecutive days of Stock Show in January.
- Supervisor – Anneliese Phippen, Executive Assistant to Paul Andrews, NWSS President & CEO
This intern will have the opportunity to work with the show Coordinator in planning events and art exhibitions. The ideal candidate will show an interest in the National Western, event planning, have a flexible schedule, and be willing to learn something new. You don’t have to know much about art, or you could be an art student looking for real-world experience. No matter what your career pursuits, the benefits are extensive. Throughout the time working with Coors Art, the intern will have the opportunity to meet and work with the show curator, installers, artists, committee members, National Western staff, and volunteers. Tasks may include: processing payments, assisting with art delivery, preparing mailings, general office tasks, data entry, hanging wall tags and signs, event planning, and other tasks as needed. Candidate should be able to use word processing and spreadsheet programs. Familiarity with databases and point of sale systems are a plus but not necessary.
The Coors Western Art Show is one of the premier Western art exhibits in the country. It features over 70 contemporary artists working in a wide range of media. Two separate gallery spaces and several events allow collectors and spectators the opportunity to view and purchase work. Proceeds of art sales and other fundraising activities contribute to the National Western Scholarship Trust.
This intern will need to be available 1-2 days a week October and November, and 2-4 days a week December through the beginning of Stock Show (January 12). Required late nights are December 13, January 7, and January 8. Work during Stock Show (January 12-27) is not needed, but Coors Art interns are able to help with other service areas if there is an interest. The candidate should also be able to work for the week after Stock Show, January 28-31. Specific work dates and times will be coordinated with the final candidate.
Supervisor – Krista Hanley, Coors Western Art Coordinator
This intern will be part of a strong team producing a world class event and will spend time learning various aspects of the Horse Show. They will have direct contact with staff, exhibitors and guests as well as production teams including announcers, producers, performers and other staff. Tasks will include much of the following but the intern should be flexible and be prepared to assist where needed:
- Assisting in the Horse Show Office processing entries, helping exhibitors, reconciling daily activities, etc.
- Coordinating various aspects of productions including scripts, rehearsals, anthems, awards, etc.
- Generate content relating to the social media and public relations strategy including graphics, press releases, schedules, results, email blasts, etc.
- Assisting with all tasks to support the Horse Show Office and Production staff
This intern will need to be available a minimum of 8 hours per week beginning November 1st and full time January 1st – January 27th. Daily hours may exceed eight (8) hours during the Stock Show, with some late nights and weekends required.
- Supervisor – Kendra McConnell, Horse Show Manager
The National Western’s Employment Office/Human Resources Internship provides an opportunity for a student to learn from the ground floor up the basics of the Employment Office function. The goal of the Employment Office/Human Resources internship is to provide education on the daily recruiting, onboarding and timekeeping with a goal to fully staff the National Western Stock Show with 600 seasonal employees. Interns will gain a solid understanding of a core service function necessary to any organization from interacting with potential new hires to communicating with department heads on Stock Show staffing needs/issues.
Duties will include assisting with job fairs, ensuring all data is collected and entered and entered electronically into our HRIS Software, completing background checks, E-verify and welcoming new hires to the Stock Show, as well as ensuring that timekeeping and payroll are accurate. Ideally the intern would work 2 days per week December 17 – December 21, and would work full time hours every day from December 27 – January 24. Bilingual interns are also very welcome to apply!
- Supervisor – Debbie Rogers, Human Resources Manager
The International Agribusiness internship is a unique opportunity for the intern to be involved with the National Western International Agribusiness Center (NWIAC) and the International Livestock Forum presented by CSU and the National Western Stock Show. This intern will be directly involved with promoting the International Livestock Forum and managing registrations for the event in addition to working on several aspects of the International Agribusiness Center. This will include preparing, mailing, and processing Ambassador letters, executing Ambassador benefits, building rapport with Ambassadors, and keeping the center stocked, as well as hosting international guests. The intern will be given responsibility to solve any problems that arise, while keeping the supervisor informed of progress.
The intern will be expected to become familiar with shows taking place in the yard and on the hill in order to assist guests with finding activities and shows that best fit their reason for visiting. On a daily basis this intern will complete data entry and compile notes for a post-show International Agribusiness Report that will define data and observations of the International Agribusiness Center. Desired skills include strong data entry, reporting, fast typing, problem solving, ability to work independently, and a tactful and friendly demeanor. Creative, detailed writing skills are a must. Multilingual abilities are strongly preferred. The intern should be interested in International Business, Ag Business or the Cattle Industry in general.
The time commitment for this internship consists of 2 days a week during the months of October, November, and December. The Intern should expect to work 10-11 hours per day from the Agribusiness Center (with breaks and networking opportunities) beginning the afternoon of January 8th, and ending late the night of January 23rd. Post show, the intern is expected to complete the National Western International Agribusiness Center Report, which can be done remotely.
Supervisor – Anneliese Phippen, Executive Assistant to Paul Andrews, NWSS President & CEO
The Livestock Hill & Yards internship is geared towards those applicants interested in learning how to work, manage and execute livestock shows & sales at a national, elite level. Interns will work with open & junior breeding cattle, pen & carload cattle, sheep, goats, hogs, llamas, poultry and more. Many of these species and breeds are overseen by national/local organizations in which interns have the opportunity to network & work alongside with. Daily duties may include clerking and reporting auctions & sales, helping on-site veterinarians, working in the feed and satellite offices, operating webcasting cameras/computers, and assisting NWSS show managers with miscellaneous tasks. Attention to detail, computer skills and high level of professionalism are crucial. Interns will enter data, process livestock & paperwork, collect health papers, verify information, and communicate with exhibitors via phone, email and in the barns. This position requires a lot of work inside, outside and covers the span of our entire campus – so be prepared for lots of steps and long days! Interns may be asked to work a few days before the beginning of show (as to be discussed with show management), but should expect to work every day January 7-27.
- Supervisors – Erin Dorsey & Clancy Anderson, Livestock Show Coordinators
Serve as a member of the marketing and creative services team. Assist with pre-Stock Show marketing materials including the holiday ticket offers and promotions, NWSS Guest Guide, website information and updates, social media schedules, updates and the annual Stock Show parade. Throughout Stock Show take ownership, create content, and execute sponsor fulfilment for the NWSS E-Newsletter to 90K subscribers. Also build and manage Stock Show Todays, horse and rodeo programs, event schedules with sponsors, manage print deadlines, ticket sales initiatives and ticket sales promotions. Help with Stock Show events, social media posts, media interviews, etc. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, have an outgoing personality, be able to think on your feet, and work well under deadlines. Must have strong written and oral communications skills, a working knowledge of Microsoft Office, internet explorer, Constant Contact and social media platforms. Bonus skills include Adobe Design programs. Communication, marketing, ag-business classes preferred.
- Supervisor – Karen Woods, Senior Director of Marketing & PR
Media Relations & Public Relations (2) November 1 – January 27
Serve as a member of the Marketing department including Public & Media Relations to assist with media before, during and after stock show. Build accurate media contact lists for correspondence with regional and local media, assist with database of credential requests, distribution of media credentials, setting up media interviews and photo opportunities; helping with content for early morning live newscasts. Assist with writing press releases, daily bulletins, daily event sheets, daily social media updates, and general media lounge duties. Act as the liaison between marketing and rodeo media operations. Help with Stock Show events including Media Appreciation Party invitations, RSVPs and any media follow-up, media orientations, tours, etc. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, have an outgoing personality, be able to think on your feet, and work well under deadlines. Must have strong written and oral communications skills, a working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Constant Contact and social media platforms. AP style writing, journalism, communication, marketing, ag-business classes preferred.
- Supervisor – Karen Woods, Senior Director of Marketing & PR
The National Western Center represents a visionary transformation of the National Western Complex into a year-round destination that will not only provide a home to the incomparable National Western Stock Show for the next 100 years, but also will expand and enhance this regional asset into a world-class hub for agriculture, education and innovation. The $100 million Honoring the Legacy campaign will provide support for many of the buildings and outdoor spaces needed to help this landmark of the West reach its full potential.
The capital campaign for National Western Center is seeking a candidate to assist with fundraising events during the Stock Show. Applicants should be self-starters, outgoing & friendly, detail-oriented, and proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite. Stock Show experience is preferred, but not required. Some of the duties/responsibilities are as follows:
- Assist with the logistics of all capital campaign events during stock show including luncheons, receptions, and “behind the scenes” tours.
- Track attendance at the capital campaign events, and send follow up thank you’s via email communication.
- Prepare guest lists, table tents for each event as needed.
- Prepare the rooms for events (i.e. set up easels and display boards, arrange materials at seats).
- Ensure all guests have rodeo tickets as needed.
- Greet guests and provide directions for each event.
Qualified candidates should submit resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org (Laurie Kelly, 303-299-8644). Please note this is a paid internship and candidates will work approximately 20 hours per week between January 12th and 27th, 2019.
Seeking candidates with a passion for event planning and project management! This position will assist in the preparation and execution of several prestigious events that occur during Stock Show. Two of these events support the National Western Scholarship Trust: The Citizen of the West dinner will host 1000 guests at a cocktail reception, sit down dinner and awards program; The Junior Livestock Auction is an exhilarating event with 500+ guests bidding on prize livestock for the benefit of the National Western Scholarship Trust. Additionally this position supports the execution of the BBQ Throwdown, which hosts 40 competition BBQ teams from across the country.
Responsibilities for this internship include email and phone correspondence with clients/event guests, invoicing, registration management, data entry, large mailings, and coordination with event vendors, as well as event setup and execution support. The intern for this position must be a self starter and problem solver with efficient time management skills and an excellent customer service attitude. The position requires a high attention to detail, ability to multitask, and knowledge of computer applications (Microsoft Suite and Outlook). In return for hard work and dedication, the intern in this role will gain real-world event planning and project management experience, which are skill sets that can be applied in a variety of future careers. This intern will need to be available 8 hours per week beginning mid-October, and full time January 1-21.
Supervisor – Morgan Unks, Director of Scholarship Events
Come learn how corporate sponsors are part of the National Western Stock Show. Facilitate and work with some of the biggest brands in the world like Pepsi, Coors, Chevrolet and Cinch Jeans. Duties will include assistance with building actual client recap documents that will include show information such as programs, pictures, etc. Gain a broad perspective of behind the scenes of a sponsorship program, while learning about management, sales, negotiation and customer service. Assist with sponsored educational activities including set up of exhibits, and day-to-day coordination with volunteers running education programs.
Ideal candidates must have strong administrative skills, interest in business marketing and how businesses align themselves with an event such as Stock Show. Must possess problem solving skills, be a self starter, have efficient time management skills, and should be knowledgeable with most computer applications. Interns must be able to work 1-2 days per week from November 7 – January 2 (flexibility offered around holidays) AND daily from January 2 – 22.
- Supervisor – Dana Porter Smith, Director, Partnership Services & Education
Help with general production of Colorado vs. the World, PRCA, PBR, MLK and Mexican Extravaganza rodeos by attending production meetings before each performance; assisting rodeo personnel during performances by monitoring happenings and flow of production; supporting hospitality areas; escorting VIP’s; coordinating dignitaries for the Stage Coach and Draft Horse Hitch ride. Responsibilities also include assisting in organizing announcer materials, creating/managing production flow sheets and coordinating sponsor reads with the rodeo announcer. This intern must be a self starter, customer service savvy, very detail oriented, punctual, and professional. The Rodeo Operations intern will also support the Horse Show department with daily activities such as ticketed event production, VIP tours/meet and greets and sponsor contract fulfillment. Intern must be able to work every day through the dates listed.
- Supervisor – Leon Vick, Sr. Director of Rodeo & Horse Show Operations