NCBA Public Policy Internship


A One-of-a-Kind Opportunity

NCBA and the Public Lands Council’s public policy internship gives college juniors, seniors and graduate students a one-of-a-kind opportunity to work on behalf of America’s livestock producers in Washington, D.C. Interns work alongside the 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 livestock industry.

This isn’t just about checking a box to complete an internship. 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 Capitol.





Applications Open Now!

How to Apply

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 2018 Semester
May 22-August 25

Application closed

Fall 2018 Semester
September 4 - December 14
Applications closes March 1, 2018

Spring 2019 Semester
January 8 - May 10
Application closes August 1, 2018


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.

Interning at NCBA was an incredible experience that I would highly recommend to anyone interested in the policy aspect of the beef industry. As an intern, I was able to work alongside an unbelievable team and discovered more about Congress and the issues that affect producers all over the country than I ever could have in a classroom. I couldn’t have imagined a better way to gain an understanding of decisions and policy made on behalf of the beef industry.

- Ben Granholm (CA), Fall 2014 Intern, Agriculture Business major at California State University, Fresno 


"From day one of stepping into the office you become completely immersed in issues that affect every aspect of the beef industry.  NCBA is truly a grassroots organization that makes sure the voice of our cattle producers is heard both on and off the Hill.  This internship provided me with the opportunity to continue developing my passion for the beef industry and policy issues, while getting to live in our nation’s capital. Being an advocate for the industry is more important now than ever, and being able to advocate for all aspects of the industry in this capacity is a great feeling."

Brianna Roberts (GA), Fall 2014 Intern, Agriculture Communications major at University of Georgia

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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