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Meet the Sensational Six Interns for 2020!

Since the intern program began in 2011, the NILE staff have realized the value of interns. Each year a great set of intern applicants make the selection process very difficult.

As the job description states, "We want those who eat, breathe, and sleep stock shows and rodeos. We want those who can function on minimal sleep and maximum caffeine. College kids who have brains and brawn, handle high pressure critical thinking and are not afraid to pick up a pitch fork."

With this group the NILE staff believes they've found the college students that meet those requirements.

This group of interns will come in two groups (one set from October 1 through October 10 and the second from October 9 through October 19). With the lengthened schedule due to the modifications made, the decision to split the schedule in "halves" was necessary to host interns. These interns be working in and around the grounds throughout their ten day stay in Billings learning the ins and outs of what it takes to produce the NILE Stock Show.

Help us welcome these students to Billings, to Montana, and to the NILE Stock Show!
Purdue University | Livestock/Media Intern

Haley Baker

Haley Baker is from the small town of Economy, Indiana. Growing up on her family’s Hereford cow/calf operation she knew she wanted to purse studies in the agriculture industry, which is why she ended up at Purdue University. She is a junior at Purdue dual majoring in Agricultural Communication and Agribusiness: Agricultural Marketing, with her end goal of having a career in the beef industry.

She was heavily involved in 4-H where she showed cattle all ten years and completed the photography project. At Purdue, she’s involved in Purdue Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and the Purdue Collegiate Cattlemen’s Association. In addition to those clubs she is also on the Indiana Junior Beef Cattle Association Board of Directors where she is currently president-elect.
Kansas State University | Media Relations Intern

Sierra Day

A tenth-generation agriculturist from the Land of Lincoln, Sierra Day is no stranger to the livestock industry and show livestock industry. Currently a senior at Kansas State University in Animal Sciences & Industry and Agricultural Communications & Journalism, Sierra was heavily involved in raising Angus cattle, corn and soybeans on her family’s operation in central Illinois.

?Sierra spent her youth as a member of organizations such as 4-H, FFA and the National Junior Angus Association. Through these experiences, she was able to show Angus cattle on the local, state and national levels along with other contests and leadership opportunities that were presented through these programs. As a student, she remains active in collegiate clubs such as Block & Bridle and Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow while also serving as a communications student worker in the animal science department at K-State.
Northwest Missouri State University | Livestock Intern

Eliza Hunzeker

Eliza Hunzeker is from southeast Nebraska and is a junior at Northwest Missouri State University where she is majoring in Agricultural Business and Agronomy with a minor in Agricultural Communication.

?In her free time, she is raising lambs and working on the family farm. After college, she plans to return to her family row crop operation and develop her show stock. Eliza is also working on building a photography business, where she hopes to capture the memories created at shows and in everyday life. She is excited to be a NILE Intern because she can give back to the show industry that has given so much to her. Showing livestock has given her the opportunity to make connections that will last a lifetime and she has met some of her best friends through the livestock industry. It has also taught her the value of hard work and perseverance, and these are skills that will last a lifetime.
Purdue University | Media Relations Intern

Bailey Nifong

I grew up in the small town of Argos, Indiana. Attending Argos High School, where I was very involved in FFA, 4-H, Student Council, Art Club, and in multiple sports teams. Currently, I am a senior at Purdue University, where I study Agricultural Communications with a minor in Art & Design.

After graduation, I hope to work with the marketing team for livestock shows or sales companies by running the social media pages,
developing graphics, and photographing events.

I am excited to be an NILE Intern, to help share my love and passion for livestock with the other interns, exhibitors, and NILE community, all while gaining media experience to help build the agriculture industry.
Iowa State University | Equine Intern

Paige Schneider

Faith, legacy, and integrity. Being born and raised in rural Wisconsin each of these aspects played a role in my upbringing. Hello, my name is Paige Schneider. Growing up on a purebred Red Angus operation in small town Rio, Wisconsin I’ve been able to gain first hand experience and grow up in the agriculture industry. Spending endless amounts of hours working the cattle, calving them out, feeding, treatments, raising and marketing our herd has been at the core of my upbringing. Numerous trips out West and to Canada touring herds, bull facilities, and building relationships with fellow producers inspired my goal to master the art of communication within the agriculture industry; thus my current endeavors of receiving my bachelors degree in
Communications from Iowa State University. As I plan to graduate in the spring of 2021, I aim to take my knowledge and experience of communication and livestock production into the agriculture industry.
West Texas A&M University | Equine/Media Intern

Jaidyn Swartz

My name is Jaidyn Swartz and I am currently a Junior at West Texas A&M University. I am majoring in Agriculture Media & Communication, as well as working towards an Event Planning

I grew up in the small town of Springer, New Mexico. When I say small, I mean it. There were 11 people in my graduating class. I have been heavily involved in agriculture my entire life, and I credit a lot of my successes to this amazing industry.

Upon graduation, I hope to work for an organization that will allow me to promote production agriculture, preferably livestock or equine. It is my goal to bring more awareness and shed a better light on these industries.

I am very excited to be a NILE intern because when I was showing at stock shows, I always wanted to know what went on behind the scenes. I am thrilled for the opportunity to help exhibitors have a great experience at the 2020 NILE!

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