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Youth Opportunities 2013 Student Internship Program Application deadline is April 22, 2013 I t’s the time of year to start thinking about summer internships. Whether you are a student looking for hands-on experience or a company reaching out to students for summer opportunities, NCPC has a student internship program to help you. The purpose of this program is to promote and develop an avenue for NC pork producers to identify high school and college students that show an interest in pursuing a career in the NC pork industry. We also hope it will encourage pork producers and pork production companies to introduce students to the potential career in the pork industry and invest in the industry’s future employees. “The overall goal of our internship program is to provide exposure to all aspects of pork production,” says Carlos Gerle, HR support operations at MurphyBrown LLC. “It allows interns to better understand the scope of modern agribusiness, as well as to be able to evaluate Murphy-Brown as a potential employer after graduation.” The NCPC will provide funding to aid sponsorship of student interns who want to work in a job within the NC pork industry. The NCPC will provide a reimbursement of one-half of a student intern’s salary up to a maximum of $1,500 to be paid to the sponsoring NC pork producer at the end of the internship ($3,000 maximum per company). Reimbursement will be made to the pork producer after completion of the internship and after the student intern and pork producer evaluations have been completed and submitted to the NCPC within 30 days after completion of the internship. The student internship program is available to students who are juniors or seniors in high school, and community college and four-year college students. The areas of work will include working on production farms or on a project within the NC pork industry under the supervision of an approved mentor who will be responsible for providing guidance and supervision while on the job. “My internship allowed me to experience all levels of production in both swine and poultry,” says James Lamb, environmental specialist with Prestage Farms. “I also had the opportunity to experience facilitating departments in the Prestage organization. I learned from these experiences the value of the work done by the employees on each production level to find the department that best suited my personality and interest.” Both the student intern and the sponsoring pork producer must complete an application and return it to the NCPC by April 22, 2013. The application must be signed and approved by a NCPC Board member from the district in which the internship is completed. The sponsoring producer will be responsible for and assume all liabilities for all insurance, payroll taxes, and workman’s compensation. The student intern is responsible for housing, meals and travel. The student intern will also be required to attend an Industry Roundup hosted by NCPC to expose the intern to other opportunities within the pork industry. For more information on the NCPC internship program, contact Jan Archer at You may also access all the necessary forms on the NCPC website at 2013 North Carolina Pork Council Scholarship Application deadline is May 6, 2013 E ach year, NCPC awards $600 scholarships to two North Carolina agriculture students. To be eligible, applicants must be an undergraduate or incoming freshman at either the community college or university level in North Carolina. They must also be enrolled as a full-time student in an agricultural curriculum of study. Preference will be given to applicant who has a strong desire to remain active in the swine production industry after graduation, who is actively engaged in 32 NC Pork Report • w w w .n c p o r k .o r g swine production or applicant whose parents or other family members are actively engaged in the North Carolina swine industry. Past NCPC scholarship recipients are eligible to re-apply on a yearly basis. The application deadline is May 6 and all required information, including letters of recommendation and transcripts, must be submitted by this date. You may go to to print the application. A minimum GPA of 2.8 (unweighted) is required. An official transcript must accompany the application. Transcripts will be reviewed for GPA eligibility. Along with high school and/or college grades, the GPA will be considered in the scholarship selection process. The NCPC internship/scholarship committee, consisting of NC Pork Council members, is responsible for the review of all applications and selection of scholarship recipients. For more information on the NCPC scholarships, you may contact Jan Archer at

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NC Pork Report - Spring 2013

Message from the President
Industry News
2013 Livestock Legislative Day on April 30
Introducing the 2013 Board of Directors
Pork Producers and Industry Reps Gather for 2013 Pork Conference
Norman C. Denning Enters NCPC Hall of Fame
Channing Gooden Named Pork All-American
2013 Outstanding Pork Producer is Stephen Williamson
Duplin County’s Bennie Barwick Named Environmental Steward Winner
Bo Stone Wins Faces of Farming & Ranching National Spokesperson Search
Another Successful Bacon Bash!
2nd Annual Flying Pig Challenge Sporting Clays Tournament is April 19
2013 Student Internship Program
2013 North Carolina Pork Council Scholarship

NC Pork Report - Spring 2013