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Agricultural Division Intern Program

Posted Sep. 1, 2007

Many of you are aware that the Noble Research Institute, including the Agricultural Division, provides significant support to youth through scholarships, assisting with livestock shows, the Junior Beef Excellence Program, AgVenture and many other activities. We also hire interns each summer to assist with various projects. Each intern is assigned a project that involves collecting, analyzing and presenting data in the forms of a written report and an oral presentation. Other duties may include assisting with producer or institutional surveys, helping with programs and field days, and working with other Noble Research Institute staff.

Intern job openings are normally advertised in January or February with announcements sent to various universities and listings on the Noble Research Institute Web site at http://www.noble.org/noble-scholar/. The positions are open to college students with junior, senior or graduate classifications with majors in the appropriate agricultural discipline. Employment begins in May and ends in August. Salary and other information is provided in each job announcement.

Six students participated in the 2007 program.

Chris Branch, an agricultural economics senior at Oklahoma State University, worked with a research specialist on a project titled Utilization of Half-Sib Cows to Increase Uniformity of Growth and Carcass Traits: Data Organization, Management and Preliminary Economics.

Myriah Johnson, an agricultural economics junior at Oklahoma State University, worked with agricultural economics specialists to develop a report titled The Profitability of Preconditioning Calves in Oklahoma.

Bryan Nichols, a senior livestock major at Cameron, was involved with a cattle feeding trial, Determining Wastage When Groundfeeding Soyhulls.

James Pittman, a wildlife conservation junior at Louisiana Tech, assisted the forage discipline with a cattle grazing project, Grazing Preference of Warm-Season Perennial Grasses.

David Rempe, a junior wildlife major at Oklahoma State University, worked on two projects, Status of Feral Hog Populations in Oklahoma and Chemical and Mechanical Control of Post Oak (Quercus stellata) in the Cross Timbers Prairie Region.

Mark Swapp, a junior horticulture major from New Mexico State University, collected information about hoop house production by surveying producers in Oklahoma and north Texas.

In addition to the six students above, we also assisted with an intern who worked with one of our cooperators, an agricultural producer who participates in our consultation program. Frank Rottinghaus, a wildlife and fisheries ecology senior at Kansas State University, collected bobwhite quail, white-tailed deer and fish survey information on a working ranch. He also presented the data to Noble Research Institute staff, just like the other interns.

If you, or someone you know, is qualified and interested in an internship, I encourage you to check our Web site or visit with one of our staff. Kristen Greer, a Texas A&M student and 2006 intern, said, "This was an exciting learning experience that I would recommend to any agricultural economics student." We believe students in other disciplines would have similar comments.