NCBA Public Policy Internship

A One-of-a-Kind Opportunity

NCBA’s public policy internship gives college juniors, seniors and graduate students a one-of-a-kind opportunity to work on behalf of America’s cattlemen and women in Washington, D.C. Interns work alongside NCBA’s lobbying team, regulatory experts, communications team and political action committee to ensure legislative and regulatory actions taken inside the nation’s Beltway don’t cause harm to the cattle industry.

This isn’t just about checking a box to complete an internship. NCBA public policy interns gain valuable skills to prepare them for a career after college, firsthand exposure to the public policy process and an opportunity to live in our nation’s Capital.




Internships are offered summer,
spring and fall semesters.

Upcoming Dates:
The dates below are subject to change. NCBA is willing to work with students who have minor scheduling conflicts.

Summer 2015 Semester
May 18 - August 21
Application Closed

Fall 2015 Semester
September 14 - December 18

Spring 2016 Semester
January 11 - May 13
Application Dates: May 5- July 30, 2-15

Summer 2016 Semester
May 23 - August 19
Application Dates: December 8 - February 8, 2016


A One-of-a-Kind City

NCBA’s office of government affairs is located in the heart of our nations capital at 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, just blocks from the White House, U.S. Capitol and historical monuments. Interns will often be going between Capitol Hill and the office, learning both the streets and the metro system. Take a run along the Tidal Basin and see the Cherry Blossoms in the spring, night tours of the monuments in summer and the White House Christmas tree in winter. The Smithsonian museums are free to the public.

"NCBA introduced me to the policy side of the beef industry I hadn't been exposed to before. It ended up leading me toward a path I never thought I would go down and now I call D.C. my home. Stay open minded to all career possibilities."

- Mollie Wilken (NE), Summer 2014 Intern, Staff Assistant in Senator Fischer's Office

"NCBA and PLC provide opportunities that few other DC internships can offer. They truly make you feel part of the team working on key policy issues that impact the beef industry. The internship gives you the opportunity to cover topics ranging from animal welfare to trade. You get the chance to advocate on behalf of the industry on Capitol Hill. If you have any interest in policy of any segment of the beef industry I highly encourage you to apply." 

- John Weber (MN), Summer 2014 Intern, Animal Science major at South Dakota State University

Meet Our Past Interns

The internship is offered during spring, summer and fall sessions. Interested students should email for more information.



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I am an NCBA Member...
...because I think they're the greatest national association
we have in this country. And they provide wonderful
assistance and services to cattlemen across this country.  
-Bob McCan, Texas