Time spent as an intern with the National Cattleman’s Beef Association (NCBA) was an incredible opportunity, an animal and veterinary sciences major at the University of Wyoming said.
Sarah Notti of Otter, Mont., in the southeastern portion of the state was selected as one of 18 interns for the group’s national convention Feb. 3-9 in Tampa, Fla. Notti, a junior in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said the internship was hands-on and supported the NCBA with anything needed to help at the convention.
That included setting up rooms and directing people to correct locations.
“Although this itself does not directly pertain to what I am studying,” said Notti, “the connections I made there were great, and I was immersed in a world full of people at the top of the industry I hope to someday be a contributor to.”
Notti – who added she did not expect to be accepted – was selected after filling out an application and providing a resume, two letters of recommendation and undergoing a telephone interview. Notti said she thought at the time there might not have been many applications because interns were not going to be directly involved in the association’s politics.
She still realized the opportunity was terrific.
“After arriving at the convention and meeting many of the people who were in charge of us, it quickly became evident each of us worked hard to get there and certainly deserved the opportunity,” Notti said. “There were many applications, and I feel honored to have been selected.”
She worked with the entire NCBA staff and every supporting member.
“I applied hoping to meet people my age interested in beef production and regulation,” she said. “I hoped to meet some of the people who have a huge say in the industry and all that it deals with. I accomplished both of these goals.”
Notti hopes to return to her family’s ranch and be able to have some impact in the beef industry.
“Whether that be holding an office in the Montana Stockgrowers Association and being directly involved with politics or getting a master’s degree in beef production and becoming a beef superintendent for my area, I do not yet know,” she said.