Sept. 23 2013 07:53 AM

Hoard's Dairyman offers students a real-world experience.

The importance of internships is constantly stressed to college students. Gaining experience outside of the classroom is critical in understanding what career path you want to take, what your interests are and what you are passionate about. I was able to do just that during my time as the 2013 Hoard's Dairyman Editorial Intern.

This internship offers real-world experience for anyone considering a career as an agriculture journalist. Developing writing skills, an appreciation for deadlines and an understanding of how a national magazine is run are just some features of the editorial internship. Hoard's also offers their intern the chance to travel the country visiting with producers and industry members.

If you have an interest in writing, traveling and developing your skills, I strongly encourage you to apply for the Hoard's Dairyman Editorial Internship. The application process begins by submitting a cover letter, resume, transcripts and three letters of recommendation by this year's deadline, October 18, 2013. Materials can be mailed to Corey Geiger, Internship Coordinator, 28 Milwaukee Ave. West, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538. For several finalists, the next step in the process is submitting a sample Farm Flash and blog. The last step is an interview of the top candidates.

Remember, this is not your average internship. It will challenge you, reward you and exceed your expectations. To learn more, feel free to watch a video below about my experience. Best wishes to all applicants!

To learn more about the internship, visit our internship page.

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The author is the 25th Hoard's Dairyman editorial intern. She will be a senior at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. At Cal Poly, Taylor is majoring in dairy science with an agricultural communications minor. Pires grew up on a 500-cow dairy in Merced County, Calif.