What is the Program?

The Washington Internship Program of the National Pork Producers Council is a hands-on experience for college students or recent graduates seeking to learn more about agriculture, the pork industry, government relations and public policy. Interns have the opportunity to work under the direction of the highly respected professionals at NPPC. Senior staff members value the opportunity to mentor and teach today’s student who will be tomorrow’s leaders.

Why Does it Matter?

The internship program is designed to give young leaders experience in U.S. agricultural policy –legislative, political, and regulatory – at the federal level. Additionally, students or graduates who participate in the program are more likely to become involved in the public-policy process and to advocate for the U.S. pork industry if and when they become pork producers.

How Do I Get Involved?

Students or graduates with an interest in promoting American agriculture and who want to gain real-world experience in the political arena are encouraged to apply for the internship program. We offer two internships:


Communications Internship

The Communication intern provides support to the director and manager of NPPC’s Communications Department, performing various tasks, which require strong writing, analytical and communications skills. Daily, the intern will read, compile and distribute media stories related to the U.S. pork industry. He or she also will attend meetings and congressional hearings when necessary to take photos and report on important information, therefore, a strong interest in public policy is beneficial. Weekly, the intern will help write a summary of NPPC’s legislative efforts for Capital Update. The intern also will assist in the writing of newsletters, brochures and content for the NPPC website and social media sites and maintain and update the media contact, membership list and publications lists.


International Trade Internship

The International Trade intern should expect a fast-paced, dynamic and challenging work experience. He or she will assist with congressional and technical efforts to expand and maintain U.S. pork exports by completing research on domestic and international policies and regulations related to trade. The intern will have the opportunity to learn about the development and execution of U.S. trade policy and may interact with members of Congress and officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. The intern’s responsibilities will include researching pork export/import data, attending congressional hearings and events, keeping up-to-date on international trade and agricultural topics and compiling and distributing daily news clips.

Applications are due by July 20, 2017 for the Fall Communications Internship. The 2017 fall International Trade internship position has been filled. Applicants should send to

  • Cover letter (indicate which internship)
  • Resume
  • College transcript (unofficial accepted)
  • Writing sample
  • References

International Applicants: You must possess a valid work visa by the start of the internship for which you are submitting your application.