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Internships and Ambassador Program

The NJHA takes great pride in providing exceptional learning opportunities that offer real-world application. Past interns have continued to work for the AHA and others have gone on to be industry leaders.

Junior Activities Department – Summer Intern Program

Program Purpose –
To provide a multi-faceted learning experience for a college student interested in beef breed association work, public relations and leadership. Also, to provide the American Hereford Association with assistance in event planning and management, junior show coverage and leading the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) Board of Directors and membership.

Time Period –
Approximately mid-May through mid-August, depending on student’s academic schedule.

Compensation –
Compensation will be determined once intern is selected.

To apply, please visit our careers page.

Major Responsibilities

Assist the youth department of the American Hereford Association with various summer activities including planning for the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) and Faces of Leadership conference. The JNHE is one of the largest junior breed events in the world, showcasing more than 1,300 head of Hereford cattle and 800 junior members. In addition to the cattle shows, the JNHE offers more than 20 skill-based contests throughout the week and the intern plays a key role in assisting with the contests and making sure that they run efficiently and effectively both before and during the event. The intern works closely with the 12-member junior board as well as the JNHE Ambassador team throughout the summer. There will be significant travel involved as well as
work on weekends and at other times as assigned.

Special Considerations
The American Hereford Association headquarters is located in Kansas City, Mo., and housing for a two 1/2-month period could be difficult to find. If the applicant does not have accommodations, the youth department will work with him/her on locating sufficient housing.


The youth activities internship requires excellent written and oral communication skills, as one will be expected to write letters, e-mail correspondence, answer phone calls and communicate on a daily basis with junior exhibitors, parents and state association leadership. Experience and familiarity with conducting shows is a plus, however, applicant must feel comfortable at shows and have basic knowledge of how a show operates. Event, photography and writing experience is an added bonus. Ability to react independently. Applicant must be able to help the youth department in various capacities with little formal training. Individual must be a self-starter with organization skills to assist with the event planning responsibilities.

Please complete the application form on the Careers page and attach resume, cover letter and a list of references by Feb. 15.

JNHE Ambassador Program

Don’t have the schedule for a full summer internship? College students may apply for the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) ambassador program. The ambassadors will assist the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) board and American Hereford Association staff during a three-week long internship. Ambassadors will arrive in Kansas City prior to the JNHE and will work through the duration of the event, including the wrap-up.

Ambassadors will gain experience in:

  • Office and customer service
  • All aspects of event planning and execution
  • Pre and post-show correspondence
  • Processing and running show program
  • Contest organization, preparation and execution
  • Working with boards, committees and youth
  • Multitasking


  • Candidate must be a 2022 high school graduate or older
  • Ambassadors cannot be exhibitors or competitors at the 2022 JNHE
  • Candidate must have national show experience

Please complete the application below and attach your resume and two letters of recommendation by March 15.