Now accepting applications for the 2020 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 September 1st – 30th, 2019. 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
Help with Stock Show events to include everything from assisting setting large events (i.e. cattle sales with up to 3000 spectators) to making sure our smaller venues (i.e. individual/various performers) are running well. Responsibilities include assisting with setting up and tearing down wireless microphones and small PA systems, a little bit of audio mixing, and interacting with vendors. Interns will also be interacting with contracted stage hands, which is a good opportunity to make new contacts and hear plenty anecdotes about life in the AV production industry. This intern must be customer service savvy, punctual, and professional. We will work with interns on the amount of hours needed for school credit.
- Supervisor – Doug Brown, Supervisor of A/V Operations
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 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. Tasks may include: processing payments, assisting with art delivery, preparing mailings, organization, data entry, event planning and preparation, 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 intern will work on two large events that raise money for the National Western Scholarship Trust: The Coors Western Art Exhibit Red Carpet Reception, which sees 1000 guests who bid on artwork; and the Young Guns Reception, which is geared toward patrons under age 45 with art, live music, and other fun activities. 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.
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 11). Required late nights are December 12, January 6, and January 7. Required work days are December 9-13 and January 6-9. The most work is in November through January 10, with the Stock Show dates of January 11-26 requiring less commitment. Interns in the past have chosen to stay on and help the Coordinator and in the Art Gallery during the Stock Show, or have found work with other service areas if there is an interest (must be approved through that department prior to the start of Stock Show). Ideally, the candidate should also be able to work at least 1-2 days the week after Stock Show, January 27-30, but not required if there are school commitments. Specific work dates and times will be coordinated with the final candidate.
- Supervisor – Krista Hanley, Coors Western Art Coordinator
This hands-on internship is an opportunity to gain experience with educational agriculture programs in a fast-paced and professional setting. Responsibilities including planning, preparation and production of over 10 programs and events. This position can expect to work closely with strategic partnerships, trade show, contractors, volunteers and staff. Day-to-day operations include the setup and execution of the following programs/exhibits:
- Murdoch’s Nursery
- Hutchison Western Pony Trails
- CSU Ag Adventure
- 7-Eleven Pony Rides
- King Soopers Petting Farm
- Ames Activity Pavilion
- Youth Art Exhibit
- Stock Show Tours
- Exceptional Rodeo
- Rodeo/PBR 101’s
- Vet 101
- Boy Scout Rodeo Experience
This internship allows the candidate to gain real-world event planning and project management experience, and the opportunity to gain lifelong connections. Ideal candidates have an interest in agriculture education and event planning. Candidate must be detail-oriented, a self-starter, and have strong interpersonal and time management skills. Intern may be asked to work 1-2 days a week from November 1-January 1 (flexibility offered around holidays, with some tasks that may be completed remotely from home). Interns will report daily from January 2-January 26.
- Supervisor – Shelby Rich, Education Manager
The National Western’s Human Resources (HR) department is dedicated to support the total business operation in meeting NWSS’s goals through its most valuable resource – its PEOPLE. The HR Intern will be exposed to the various dynamics of an employment office and human resources department. NWSS strives to provide a meaningful experience while also allowing the intern to support with overall goals of the HR department by using core disciplines like organization development, talent management, employee relations, etc. Applicants must have effective verbal and written communication skills, organizational skills, strong work ethic and integrity, ability to maintain confidentiality and an enthusiastic attitude to work with people. The following tasks are on a day to day basis but interns should be flexible and prepared to jump in on other projects as assigned:
- Assisting with job fairs
- Ensuring all data is collected and entered electronically into our HRIS Software
- Completing in-state and out-of-state background checks as necessary
- Completing E-verify check as necessary
- Welcoming new hires to the Stock Show
- Assisting with accuracy of timekeeping and payroll
- Preferred Qualifications:
- Eager to learn and work with various departments in the organization
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office
- Ability to multitask
- Cope well under pressure
- Bilingual interns are encouraged to apply
This intern will need to be available a minimum of 8 hours per week, and daily hours may exceed eight (8) hours in late December and working up to Stock Show, with some weekends required. Attendance at job fairs in early December will be requested but not mandatory.
- Supervisor – Debbie Rogers, HR Manager & Ercilia Chavez, HR Specialist
This hands-on internship is an intense educational experience with potential to build lifelong connections. Applicants should be focused, detail oriented and professional with a strong work ethic and a readiness to learn. They must have strong communication and organizational skills, be a self-starter and possess an ability to work independently. A working knowledge of social media platforms, creating website content, designing graphics and access to a high quality still camera is a plus.
These interns 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, answering questions, reconciling daily activities, etc.
- Coordinating various aspects of productions including scripts, rehearsals, anthems, awards, etc.
- Contributing to the production and event teams during events with scoring, directing activities, helping with setup and tear down, greeting anthem singers, interviewing competitors and assisting where needed to ensure all operations go smoothly and correctly.
- Generating content relating to the social media and public relations strategy including graphics, blog stories, 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 26th. 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 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 6-26.
- 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 holiday ticket offers / promotions, website information and updates, social media schedules, and the Stock Show Parade. Throughout Stock Show, create content and execute sponsor fulfilment for the NWSS E-Newsletter to 100K subscribers. Build and manage Stock Show Todays, horse show programs, website blog posts, event schedules with included sponsors, print deadlines, ticket sales initiatives and ticket sales promotions. Help with Stock Show events, social media posts, “Guest of the Day” selection, media interviews, etc. Looking for candidates who can 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 plus a working knowledge of Microsoft Office and social media platforms. Bonus skills include Constant Contact and Adobe Design programs. Communication, marketing and ag-business classes preferred.
- Supervisor – Karen Woods, Senior Director of Marketing & PR
Media Relations & Public Relations (1) December 1 – January 26
Work with the Marketing Department team to manage media before, during and after Stock Show. Build accurate contact lists for correspondence with regional and local media. Assist with online credential requests, distribution of media credentials, setting up media interviews / photo opportunities, and developing content for early morning live newscasts. Assist with writing press releases, daily bulletins, daily event sheets, Twitter updates, and general media lounge duties. Act as the liaison between marketing and rodeo media operations. Help with Stock Show media events, including Media Appreciation Party invitations, RSVPs, follow-ups, orientations, tours, etc. Looking for candidates who can 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 and social media platforms. Bonus skills include Constant Contact and AP style writing. Journalism, communication, marketing and ag-business classes preferred.
- Supervisor – Karen Woods, Senior Director of Marketing & PR
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, coordinating sponsor reads with the rodeo announcer and creating and distributing Rodeo Day Sheets. 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
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. 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, live broadcast event with 800+ guests bidding on prize livestock. Both events support the National Western Scholarship Trust, and this intern will assist with administration and coordination of the scholarship recipients as well.
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 2-26.
Supervisor – Morgan Unks, Director of Scholarship Events
National Western Stock Show Strategic Partnership intern holds a temporary position with an emphasis on gaining educational and practical business experience in a professional setting. This intern will gain valuable experience working with all members of the Strategic Partnership team in an environment full of learning opportunities designed to help interns develop their capabilities and challenge their strengths.
Strategic Partnership interns will assist the team by executing the partnerships with regional and national brands, with the focus on delivering the highest level experience for our clients. Intern will gain a broad perspective of behind the scenes event activation with a focus on developing strong external business relationships. Intern will learn about management, sales, deliverables and customer service. Primary responsibilities will include:
- Understanding the details of each partnership to ensure all accounts are fulfilled with the highest level of professionalism, attention to detail and focus on their end goal;
- Assist with the activation of each element of partner’s contract;
- Represent the National Western Stock Show throughout the 16-day event with the highest level of respect and professionalism;
- Provide assistance in the office with any partner related responsibilities;
- Set up and manage partner activation throughout event, as needed, including during rodeo performances;
- Learn and implement the activation process including execution, capturing the details of the event and building the recap document as a proof of performance to the client;
- Other duties as assigned.
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. Intern may be asked to work 1-2 days a week from November 1st – January 1st (flexibility offered around holidays, with some tasks that may be completed remotely from home). Interns will report daily from January 2nd – January 26th.
- Supervisor – Jessica Salrin, Director, Strategic Partnership.