Billings, Mont.–The NILE has a small full-time staff but an enormous part-time and volunteer base that is essential to the operation of this huge, annual agriculture celebration. Since 2012 the NILE brings on interns to help stock show and rodeo run smoothly.
This year there was the most amount of intern applications since the program started. It was a tough decision process picking the 2016 interns because there were so many good ones to choose from.
These college students bring a variety of personal experience and specialties to help make the NILE the exceptional event that it is. They come from six different universities and from near and far states.
“We're excited to bring on this year's interns because they always bring energy, excitement, and enthusiasm to the organization,” says program administrator Shelby Shaw.
The purpose of the internship program is to provide an outstanding opportunity to gain training and work experience in the livestock and equine industries as well as events based business through the NILE Stock Show and Rodeo.
Introducing and welcoming the 2016 NILE Interns:
Karissa grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota. She is a junior at Northwest Missouri State University majoring in Agricultural Business with a minor in Agricultural Communications. Karissa's dream job is one where every day is different and I can work hard, be creative, and love every minute of it.
Cathy Dekker –
Cathy grew up in Southeastern Montana in Circle, MT and then re-located to Shepherd, MT in 2010. She is currently a junior at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT majoring in Business Management and Accounting with a minor in Equine Science. Her future goals include obtaining her CPA license and work within the equine industry.
Eilish Hanson –
Eilish Hanson is a senior at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY pursuing a dual degree in Agricultural Communication and Business Administration with minors in Finance, Agricultural Economics, and the Honors Program. She was raised in a ranching family in Lusk, Wyoming and graduated from high school in Dayton, Wyoming. With a diverse background in the agricultural industry and a strong desire to continue her involvement, Eilish looks forward to providing her skills and assistance to the success of the NILE.
Codie Lagao –
Codie Lagao is a junior at Eastern Oregon University and Oregon State University dual majoring in Business Administration and Agricultural Sciences with a concentration in Marketing. Codie was born in La Grande, OR and was raised in Baker City and Sisters, OR. Her future goals include getting her Master's Degree in teaching and following her roots of agriculture by educating and coaching students.
Kallie Lampe –
Kallie Lampe originates from Cheney, Kansas. She currently attends Oklahoma State University where she is studying Animal Science and Agricultural Communications. Her hope is to use her Agricultural Communications degree to share her passion for the industry by helping to educate and promote the industry to others.
Elizabeth Neshem –
Elizabeth Neshem comes to the NILE from North Dakota State University, where she is a sophomore majoring in Agriculture Economics with a minor in Animal Science. Elizabeth grew up in Berthold, ND and enjoys the idea of educating farmers and ranchers about the business side of the agriculture industry. Elizabeth hopes to make a positive difference in the industry that played a part in making her who she is today!
Katie Shockley –
Jessi (Katie) Shockley is a sophomore with a junior standing at the University of Wyoming pursuing a degree in Agriculture Communications and Business Management. As she continues her education, she would like to take as many opportunities to further
her knowledge in the agriculture industry. Katie was raised in Wheatland, WY and has shown hogs and beef all across the state of WY.
Lacey Usabel –
Coming to us from Marshing, ID is Lacey Usabel. Lacey is a senior at both Eastern Oregon University and Oregon State University, majoring in Agricultural Sciences. Lacey is hoping to expand her knowledge on the business and marketing ends of the agriculture industry, and feels that by coming to the NILE she can gain the experience by working behind the scenes.
Tally Wells –
Growing up in the Big Horn Basin in Deaver, Wyoming, Tally Wells was influenced by her love of agriculture early on. Now coming to the end of her undergraduate years at the University of Wyoming, Tally is working towards her Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture Communications and General Agribusiness. Tally feels that a chance to work with people dedicated to the cause of others coming together to show, grow, learn, and involve youth to broaden the ever changing world of agriculture would be motivating.