Are you interested in participating in one of the BEST internship experiences you can get? It’s all about meeting people in the industry and being involved at the National Western Stock Show! As an Intern, you will put in long hours, but what you gain in experience is well worth the time and effort. All majors and years in school are welcome to apply. For a full description of the internships, please read on!
UPDATE 10/18/16 – All internship positions for the 2017 Stock Show have been filled. Check back next August for 2018 opportunities!
- Your cover letter needs to include a rank order of the top 2-3 NWSS internships that you’re interested in. Also, please include the dates you’re available for the internship, year in school, and any skills or experiences you have that make you qualified for the position(s).
- On your resume include your name, local address, phone, and e-mail. Include your major, GPA, and relevant computer and language skills as well.
- In your reference page, please include a minimum of two names and current contact information for references. At least one reference should be a member of your academic community (i.e. professors or advisors).
Applications will be open August 20th through September 30th, 2016. You will be contacted to do an interview either in person or by phone. Students selected for an internship will be notified by mid October. If selected, contact your academic advisor or department internship coordinator to register for internship credits. We realize that the Stock Show overlaps the first week of spring classes. While professors are normally willing to work with you during this time, if selected as an intern, it is your responsibility to contact professors in advance and arrange any necessary make-up work before you leave for the Stock Show.
The Administration internship provides an opportunity for the student to fine tune a vast set of professional skills from basic correspondence, to project management, to hospitality and problem solving in a fast-paced environment.
This intern will learn how to keep an Executive Office orderly and efficient during the nation’s largest stock show, which includes administrative tasks such as answering telephone and e-mail inquiries from customers, attending to visitors, operating office machines (copiers, scanners, postage meters), filing, production of mailings, invoicing, handling database registrations, and processing purchase orders. Also involved is the management and execution of VIP events to includes RSVP tracking, hospitality arrangements, and distribution of tickets.
Desired skills and traits of applicants are self motivation, positive attitude, efficiency, attention to detail, strong professional customer service, friendly demeanor, and the ability to problem solve and work under pressure. Applicant must have a solid understanding of Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel [mail merge], and Outlook. Most importantly, must be able to have fun and keep an upbeat attitude! Candidates studying business administration, event planning, project management or communication would be ideal. This internship will consist of 2-3 days a week in October and November, 3-4 days a week in December and 10-11 hour days during all 16 consecutive days of Stock Show in January.
Supervisor – Anneliese Phippen, Executive Assistant to Paul Andrews, NWSS President & CEO
The Coors Western Art Show is one of the premier Western art exhibits in the country. It features over 70 contemporary artists working in a wide range of media including oil, bronze, photography, printmaking, clay, and watercolor. Two separate gallery spaces and four major events allow collectors and spectators the opportunity to view and purchase work. The artwork is on display in galleries open to the public throughout the run of the National Western Stock Show, January 7-22, 2017.
Our mission is to support working artists and educate audiences about art, while also promoting Western culture. Proceeds of art sales and other fundraising activities contribute to the National Western Scholarship Trust which supports 80-plus students in their undergraduate and graduate pursuits relating to agriculture, medicine, and veterinary medicine.
The Coors Western Art intern will work closely with the show coordinator on all aspects of the planning and executing the art exhibits and associated events. Tasks may include assisting in: artwork check in, invitation mailings, ticket sales, guest list creation, event material editing, data entry, etc. While this is an unpaid internship, the career benefits are extensive. Throughout the time working with Coors Art, the intern will have the opportunity to meet and work with the show curator, installers, artists, committee members, and volunteers.
Things that make this job educational and rewarding are:
- The venue is unique in that it has the quality of a temporary pop-up exhibition as well as a longer term gallery exhibition.
- There are many different kinds of events – simple cocktail receptions, a 1000 person gala reception with silent auction and sale, and an educational lunch with lecture.
- Every event has unique materials as collateral – posters, buyer’s guide, even pint glasses.
- There are two very active committees of local professionals which shape the events.
- The curator, Rose Fredrick, has been working on the show for over 20 years and is very professional and knowledgeable.
Needed: October through February. Must be available a few days a week October, November, February. Work volume and number of days will increase December and January, with a few late nights and weekends requested. Specific work dates and times will be coordinated with the final candidate.
Supervisor – Krista Hanley, Coors Western Art Coordinator
This hands-on internship is an intense educational experience that can generate long reaching career results. Applicants should be energetic, enthusiastic and professional with a strong work ethic and a readiness to learn. They must have excellent communication and organizational skills, be detail oriented and possess an ability to work independently.
The interns will be immersed in all aspects of producing a world class event to include but not limited to: event production, event meetings, hospitality support, VIP escort, exhibitor assistance, general office tasks, award presentations, arena set up/tear down, social media and marketing assistance and sponsor fulfillment. They will have direct contact with producers, VIPs, performers, staff, patrons, exhibitors, etc.
MUST be able to work a few days a week starting December 1st and full time December 27th – January 22nd. Daily hours may exceed eight (8) hours during the Stock Show, with some late nights and weekends required.
Supervisor – Kendra McConnell, Horse Show Manager
This intern will provide assistance to the Horse Show and Rodeo Departments with social media strategy, generation and execution as well as other communications (email blasts, press releases, website updates, etc.). Applicants should be professional with a strong work ethic and a readiness to learn. They must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, be detail oriented and possess an ability to work independently. They MUST have a working knowledge of the various social media platforms, writing press releases and graphic design. Communication, marketing and social media classes and experience a plus.
Duties will include creative work, graphic design, public relations, press release writing, photography, video creation and editing, email blasts, updating the website and other tasks relating to communications. The content produced will have a variety of audiences including producers, VIPs, performers, staff, patrons, exhibitors, etc.
Must be able to work a few days a week starting December 1st and full time December 27th – January 22nd. Daily hours may exceed eight (8) hours during the Stock Show, with some late nights and weekends required.
- Supervisors – Kendra McConnell & Leon Vick
Human Resources (1) December 28 – January 22
The National Western’s Human Resources Internships provide an opportunity for the students to learn, from the ground floor up, the basics of the Human Resources functions. The goal of the HR internship is to provide education on the daily operations needed to fully staff the National Western Stock Show with 650 seasonal employees. Interns will gain a solid understanding of a core service function necessary to any organization from interacting with potential new hires, to communicating with department heads on stock show staffing needs/issues.
Duties will include assisting with job fairs, ensuring all data is collected and entered correctly into an internal database, completing background checks and welcoming new hires to the stock show, as well as ensuring that timekeeping and payroll are accurate. One intern would ideally work 2 days per week November 30 – December 28, and both interns would work full time hours from December 28 – January 22. Bilingual interns are also very welcome to apply!
Supervisor – Debbie Thompson, Human Resources Manager
The International Agribusiness internship is a unique opportunity for the intern to be involved with the National Western International Agribusiness Center (NWIAC) and the International Livestock Forum presented by CSU and the National Western Stock Show. This intern will be directly involved with promoting the International Livestock Forum and managing registrations for the event in addition to working on several aspects of the International Agribusiness Center. This will include preparing, mailing, and processing Ambassador letters, executing Ambassador benefits, building rapport with Ambassadors, and keeping the center stocked, as well as hosting international guests. The intern will be given responsibility to solve any problems that arise, while keeping the supervisor informed of progress.
The intern will be expected to become familiar with shows taking place in the yard and on the hill in order to assist guests with finding activities and shows that best fit their reason for visiting. On a daily basis this intern will complete data entry and compile notes for a post-show International Agribusiness Report that will define data and observations of the International Agribusiness Center. Desired skills include strong data entry, reporting, fast typing, problem solving, ability to work independently, and a tactful and friendly demeanor. Creative, detailed writing skills are a must. Multilingual abilities are strongly preferred. The intern should be interested in International Business, Ag Business or the Cattle Industry in general.
The time commitment for this internship consists of 2 days a week during the months of October, November, and December. The Intern should expect to work 10-11 hours per day from the Agribusiness Center (with breaks and networking opportunities) beginning the afternoon of January 8th, and ending late the night of January 23rd. Post show, the intern is expected to complete the National Western International Agribusiness Center Report, which can be done remotely.
Supervisor – Anneliese Phippen, Executive Assistant to Paul Andrews, NWSS President & CEO
The Livestock Hill and Yards Intern will be working with the different livestock shows like Pen & Carload, Breed Sale Auctions, as well as working with exhibitors in the sheep, cattle, goats, hogs and specialty shows. You will be involved in checking them in, collecting health papers, verifying entry information and more. Work may include clerking and reporting auction sales, assisting the Open Breeding Cattle and Junior Market Show Coordinators, Show Superintendents, the vet office, and possibly the feed office. You may be asked to assist in the Web casting of the shows in the Stadium Arena and the Junior Barn, as well as help in the Satellite Entry Office during peak times if needed. Attention to detail in entering data, processing livestock, customer service, and strong computer skills are a must. Job involves working inside and outside during Stock Show. Intern must be able to work several days per week beginning in mid-December (as to be determined with supervisors) AND every day January 7 – 22.
Supervisors – Erin Dorsey, Livestock Show Coordinator & Clancy Anderson, Livestock Show Coordinator
Marketing Interns will serve as a member of the Marketing department including Creative Services and PR. You will be expected to assist Marketing and Creative Services with pre-Stock Show marketing materials including the Fall newsletter, NWSS Guest Guide, website, and social media schedule updates. Coordinate E-News Club blasts, ticket sales initiatives and ticket sales promotions. You will also help with Stock Show events, meetings, and parties. Serve as an NWSS PR representative issuing press credentials, setting up media interviews and photo opportunities; helping with content for early morning live newscasts. Writing and distributing press kits, press releases, daily bulletins, daily event sheets, daily social media updates, and general press room duties.
Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, have an outgoing personality, be able to think on your feet, and work well under pressure. Must have strong written and oral communications skills, proper phone etiquette, a working knowledge of Microsoft Office, internet explorer, and social media platforms. Bonus skills include Adobe Design programs. Communication, marketing, or public relations classes preferred.
Supervisor – Karen Woods, Director of Marketing & PR
Seeking candidates with a passion for event planning and project management! This position will assist in the preparation and execution of several prestigious events that occur during Stock Show. Two of these events support the National Western Scholarship Trust: The Citizen of the West dinner will host 1000 guests at a cocktail reception, sit down dinner and awards program; The Junior Livestock Auction is an exhilarating event with 500+ guests bidding on prize livestock for the benefit of the National Western Scholarship Trust. Additionally this position supports the executive of the BBQ Throwdown, which host 40 competition BBQ teams from across the country.
Responsibilities for this internship include email and phone correspondence with clients/event guests, invoicing, registration management, data entry, large mailings, and coordination with event vendors, as well as event setup and execution support. The intern for this position must be a self starter and problem solver with efficient time management skills and an excellent customer service attitude. The position requires a high attention to detail, ability to multitask, and knowledge of computer applications (Microsoft Suite and Outlook). In return for hard work and dedication, the intern in this role will gain real-world event planning and project management experience, which are skill sets that can be applied in a variety of future careers. This intern will need to be available 8 hours per week beginning mid-October, and full time January 1-22.
Supervisor – Morgan Topolnicki, Director of Scholarship Events
Come learn how corporate sponsors are part of the National Western Stock Show. Facilitate and work with some of the biggest brands in the world like Pepsi, Coors, Chevrolet and Cinch Jeans. Duties will include assistance with building actual client recap documents that will include show information such as programs, pictures, etc. Gain a broad perspective of behind the scenes of a sponsorship program, while learning about management, sales, negotiation and customer service. Assist with sponsored educational activities including set up of exhibits, and day-to-day coordination with volunteers running education programs.
Ideal candidates must have strong administrative skills, interest in business marketing and how businesses align themselves with an event such as Stock Show. Must possess problem solving skills, be a self starter, have efficient time management skills, and should be knowledgeable with most computer applications. Interns must be able to work 1-2 days per week from November 7 – January 2 (flexibility offered around holidays) AND daily from January 2 – 22.
Supervisor – Dana Porter, Senior Manager of Partnership
Help with general production of Colorado vs. the World, PRCA, PBR, MLK and Mexican Extravaganza rodeos by attending production meetings before each performance; assisting rodeo personnel during performances by monitoring happenings and flow of production; supporting hospitality areas; escorting VIP’s; coordinating dignitaries for the Stage Coach and Draft Horse Hitch ride. Responsibilities also include assisting in organizing announcer materials, creating/managing production flow sheets and coordinating sponsor reads with the rodeo announcer. This intern must be a self starter, customer service savvy, very detail oriented, punctual, and professional. The Rodeo Operations intern will also support the Horse Show department with daily activities such as ticketed event production, VIP tours/meet and greets and sponsor contract fulfillment. Intern must be able to work every day through the dates listed.
Supervisor – Leon Vick, Senior Director of Rodeo & Horse Show Operations