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.




NCBA & PLC are now accepting applications for Spring 2015!

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.

Fall 2014 Semester
September 8 - December 13
Application Closed

Spring 2015 Semester
January 12 - May 8
Application open Friday, April 4 - Monday, June 30

Summer 2015 Semester
May 18 - August 21
Application open Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - Monday February 9, 2015

Fall 2015 Semester
September 14 - December 18
Application open TBA

Spring 2016 Semester
January 11 - May 13
Application open TBA

Summer 2016 Semester
May 23 - August 19
Application open TBA


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.

Shawna at the Capitol

“Interning with NCBA is a great opportunity that I would strongly recommend to anyone. The internship has opened my eyes to a world of opportunity I didn’t know existed. Being immersed in policy, I have learned more in one semester about Congress and the political issues that affect our ranchers back home than I have in several semesters of classes. NCBA, combined with the halls of Congress, serve as a great classroom.”

- Shawna Newsome (FL), Fall 2013 Intern, Manager of Communications for the National Cattlemen’s  Beef Association


“This internship is a great opportunity to see first-hand grassroots efforts at work in Washington, D.C. Working with NCBA and PLC, I have a better understanding of the political issues that affect cattlemen and women back at home.”

-Rachel Abeh (MT), Fall 2013 Intern, Agricultural Education-Relations major at Montana State University

           Rachel at the Capitol   

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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