IDFA Seeks Candidates for 2019 Summer Internship

Intern Will Focus on Legislative and Regulatory Issues in Dairy

IDFA is seeking applicants for its 2019 summer internship, which will offer one undergraduate or recent graduate a firsthand view of the association’s efforts on dairy policy with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and federal officials in regulatory agencies. The selected candidate will work in Washington, D.C., to support IDFA’s efforts on regulatory and legislative activities.

The internship, which is a paid position, will start in May or June and run for 10 to 12 weeks. The successful candidate will work with IDFA’s legislative and regulatory affairs teams on special projects, research and events, including IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP, legislative fly-ins and the Annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party.

Students with an interest in food and agriculture policy are encouraged to apply.

To qualify, candidates must be currently enrolled in or have recently graduated from an accredited college or university. Candidates must also be pursuing or have obtained a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in business, political science, international affairs, agriculture, the food and beverage industry, food science or a related field. Each candidate will be required to submit an application, a resume, a one-page essay and references.

“We are pleased to provide an exceptional learning opportunity to a potential future leader in the dairy industry and offer an inside look into dairy policy development and regulations in Washington,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “We welcome an outstanding student with an interest in food and agriculture policy to work alongside our subject matter experts to experience the legislative and regulatory process from a front-row seat.”

“For students interested in policy or regulations, or even jumpstarting a career in dairy, I highly recommend applying for this internship,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs. “After Rylee Sterrett participated as IDFA’s first summer intern in the program, she was hired at Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc. and was promoted recently to corporate quality assurance coordinator. It’s a great first step on the path to a dairy future.”

To learn more about the internship and to apply, students may visit IDFA’s internship page or contact Heather Soubra, IDFA chief of staff, at hsoubra@idfa.orgor (202) 220-3551.

All applications and supporting material must be submitted by Jan. 15 by email to or by mail to Heather Soubra, IDFA, 1250 H Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005.

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C., represents the nation’s dairy manufacturing and marketing industry, which supports nearly 3 million jobs that generate more than $161 billion in wages and has an overall economic impact of more than $628 billion. IDFA members range from multinational organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent approximately 90 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese, ice cream and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States and sold throughout the world. The diverse membership includes numerous food retailers, suppliers and companies that offer infant formula and a wide variety of milk-derived ingredients. Visit IDFA at

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