Friday, August 22, 2014

A Summer for the Books!

As I sit here writing this, I can’t believe that it is my last day working at Angus Central as a summer intern!

My internship with the Canadian Angus Association is something that I never imagined having, but now I can’t imagine where I would be today without it. The amount of projects I have worked on, people I have met, and places I have travelled to have truly helped me grow as a young beef advocate and a person as a whole.

I spent much of my internship working on graphic design and advertising projects, which I enjoyed so much as I want to spend the rest of my life working in the advertising industry. I have been able to take part in events such as Carcass 101, the Cattle Trail at Calgary Stampede, and Canadian Junior Angus Showdown, which allowed me to meet Angus breeders and other notable people in the beef and agriculture industry.

Coming from a Maine-Anjou background, I found it eye opening and beneficial to experience the workings of an association other than my own. To be a true advocate for the beef industry, I believe that you should have thorough knowledge of every sector, ranging from seedstock to commercial production, and having an understanding of breeds other than those you raise broadens your knowledge as a beef producer.

My experience as an intern will be able to help me greatly in my future endeavors in the advertising and marketing world, which I will be entering after college graduation next spring.

I would recommend this internship to any youth that have a passion for the beef industry, want to promote the Angus breed, and work with great people.

It feels bittersweet to be leaving after this summer, but the door is open for so many more possibilities and opportunities in the future, and I can thank the CAA for that. I feel incredibly lucky that I got to have the opportunity to spend my summer with the CAA at Angus Central and work with such a great staff. It will be an experience I will never forget.

Thank you to the Canadian Angus Association for providing me with this incredible opportunity, and everyone I have met and worked with along the way!

Posted by Keltey Whelan