Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation & AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders Internship

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The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF), founded in 1979, is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the West and the viability of Oklahoma’s beef cattle industry through research and education. The Foundation helps protect our livelihood and ensures that we pass on our ranching legacy to future generations. The American Quarter Horse Association Ranching Heritage Breeders program embodies the longevity, integrity and honesty of the ranching tradition. AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders breed and raise ranch-type horses, which remains at AQHA’s core and epitomizes the breed’s versatility.With these goals in mind, the Foundation and AQHA have partnered with Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) members and AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders to develop internship opportunities for college students interested in the ranching, Oklahoma beef cattle and American Quarter Horse industries.


Internship Opportunities: OCF currently has two internship opportunities available partnering with the AQHA. One internship will take a bovine focus with an additional small equine focus and the second internship will take an equine focus with an additional small bovine focus.
Job Summary: The purpose of these internships is to teach students how to become ranch managers/owners and to understand the vital role that the OCA and AQHA play. Therefore, interns must have extensive experience with ranching operations and the ability to work on their own. Ranch work will be physically demanding and long hours will be expected. Interns will be included in management projects and management meetings, when appropriate, to further develop an understanding of the cattle business. In addition to ranch work, each intern will be expected to either spend a portion of their time with OCA and AQHA staff during events and programs throughout the summer or be assigned a special projected to be completed during the duration of the internship.


Preferred Skills/Education Profile: The preferred candidates for this internship opportunity would be junior or senior year students in beef cattle/horse related degree programs.


Compensation and Benefits: Interns will be provided with housing and at least one meal per day during the internship. Upon successful completion, each intern will be provided with a scholarship/stipend.


Duration: Internships will begin on May 13, 2019 and conclude on August 2, 2019. Interns will be requested to assist with the Annual OCA Ranch Rodeo, August 23-24, 2019, where working ranches and ranch horses compete for bragging rights while raising money for the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Start and end dates can be adjusted under special circumstances.


Application Instructions: Any student interested in the internship should send their cover letter, resume and references to Taylor Shackelford, OCF Coordinator, at [email protected] or mail to Taylor Shackelford, OCF Coordinator, 2500 Exchange Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73108.
The application deadline is Friday, March 15, 2019.