American Royal Livestock Show Media Interns Announced

October 12, 2016

The American Royal is excited to offer four undergraduate college students from colleges/ universities across the United States the opportunity to serve as the 2016 American Royal Livestock Show Media Interns. During their internship, they will host a range of responsibilities from writing human interest stories, contributing to the American Royal blog and managing American Royal Livestock social media platforms to shooting candid photos and assisting breed associations with recording show results.

The 2016 American Royal Livestock Show Media Internship applicant pool included more than 50 talented students from more than 20 different colleges/ universities across the U.S. The 2016 Livestock Show Media Interns include:

  • Rachel Dotson (University of Missouri)
    • I am a senior at the University of Missouri studying agricultural journalism. I grew up in Hamilton, Missouri, which is small town in the northwest part of the state.  
    • Agriculture has deep roots in my family, who has been raising pigs since 1970. I started my own swine project in 4-H after my parents purchased my first Yorkshire sow. I then began showing at the local, state and national level.
    • After high school, I accepted a livestock judging scholarship at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kansas. I then transferred to MU and continued my livestock judging career.
    • As an agricultural journalism major at MU I have been able to expand my knowledge of the agriculture industry through the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and hone in on my communication skills through the School of Journalism. After obtaining my bachelors, I plan on staying at MU to receive a master’s in agricultural leadership, communication and education.
    •  rachel
  • Landee Kieschnick (Texas Tech University)
    • I’m a junior at Texas Tech University. I grew up on a small family farm in Vernon, Texas while raising show steers, pigs and goats for various major shows. Being from a small town, I’ve always been passionate about the livestock and agriculture industry. This passion led me to pursue a career in agricultural communications at Texas Tech and then eventually gain my master’s in the same field. Additionally, I am constantly looking for new adventures that I can gain valuable experience from.
    • landee
  •  Allison Luety (Iowa State University)
    • Born and raised in South-Central Wisconsin, I grew up showing hogs and cattle, traveling across the country to compete. The lessons I learned from the show industry instilled in me a deep passion for the agriculture industry. My love for the agriculture industry took me to Iowa State University where I study public relations with a focus on agriculture communications.
    • I’m finishing off an internship with FarmHer, an organization that shines the light on women in agriculture. Upon graduation, I hope to pursue a graduate degree to dive into research about women in agriculture. This year, I’m an apprentice for Meredith Agrimedia, working with publications Successful Farming and FFA New Horizons. I  love photography, travel, Stranger Things, and, of course, livestock shows.
    • ali
  • Emily Velisek (Kansas State University)
    • I am a senior at Kansas State University, where I am studying agricultural communications and journalism. I am originally from the great state of Maryland, where I grew up on a registered Angus farm. I have been involved in the National Junior Angus Association, American Angus Association, and the Maryland Angus Association for many years. I grew up showing cattle, sheep, and pigs on the local and national level.
    • emily


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