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Dairy Intern: Emily Schmitt

Published on 01 July 2010


Senior, Wartburg College
Intern at Midwest Dairy Association
Based in Ankeny, Iowa



Q. In what area are you pursuing a degree?
I'm majoring in communication arts with a public relations emphasis and leadership minor

Q. What is your agricultural background?
I grew up on a 250-cow dairy farm in northeast Iowa.

Q. What previous internship positions have you held?

I worked in the state 4-H office last summer as the Iowa State Fair 4-H Communications Assistant.

The previous summer I was the Fayette County 4-H Program Assistant and worked with programming in my county’s extension office.

Internship information

Q. What will your responsibilities be this summer?
My duties include writing press releases and other communications materials, coordinating appearances and promotions, attending industry meetings and other events, and assisting industry leaders in coordinating special dairy events that further extend Midwest Dairy initiatives. I will also play a role in planning dairy promotions at the 2010 Iowa State Fair, August 12-22.

Q. What do you hope to have learned by the end of your internship?
I hope to gain an insight into agricultural communications while helping dairy farmers, like my dad, promote their products.

Q. What intrigues you most about the Midwest Dairy Association?
Midwest Dairy represents dairy farmers in nine states, so it has a huge responsibility to serve each of those farmers. Farmers trust this organization to use their checkoff dollars effectively.

Q. What can you do to make a meaningful impact during your internship?
Educate others about dairy farming and the work that goes into getting milk from the cow to their table.

Q. What do you think will be the most challenging aspect of your intern duties?

Coordinating all the elements we are involved with at the Iowa State Fair.

Q. What's your best story from the first day or week of your internship?

A little girl at a farm tour asked me if the brown cows are sunburnt.


Future plans
Q. What do you hope to do after graduation?
I graduate this December, and I hope to work for a public relations firm or advertising agency and eventually hope to have a career in agricultural communications similar to what I’m doing in this internship.

Q. Why do you want to remain a part of the dairy industry?
Dairy is a huge part of who I am, and I want to use my education to help farmers promote their product so they can continue to focus on what they do best – producing safe, high-quality foods to feed the people of the world. PD