Jena Lee Wagner of Billings, Mont., has been named the American Angus Association extended intern in the Events and Education Department.
Wagner's role officially began at the 2015 National Western Stock Show last month, and she will continue to be involved in planning activities and events until mid-August.
A former National Junior Angus Board member, Wagner says she looks forward to traveling and getting to know Angus members nationwide.
"It's such a tremendous opportunity to have an internship like this that involves traveling the country," Wagner says. "I would never get to see these places on my own, and what's even better is that I get to watch the NJAA members enjoy all these experiences, as well. Seeing them excited about Angus cattle and new friends is really the best part."
During her eight-month internship, Wagner will assist with planning Association-sponsored shows and conferences, attend several events throughout the country, and play a key role in preparations for the 2015 National Junior Angus Show in Tulsa, Okla.
'Raising the Bar'
A top priority during her first weeks on the job is planning for upcoming Raising the Bar conferences at the University of Illinois and the University of Georgia.
"Raising the Bar conferences give youth a rare opportunity to tour a college town, the campus and have one-on-one time with professors to find out what their programs are all about," Wagner says. "It's an experience a lot of people may not have when visiting universities."
Wagner attends Montana State University where she is pursuing a bachelor's degree in communications, with a minor in graphic design and marketing.
In addition to the eight-month internship with the Events and Education Department, the Association offers four summer internships that run from May to August.
Additional positions are available in the events department, communications and the Angus Journal. The deadline to apply for Angus intern opportunities is Feb. 6.