State Ambassador Internship


The Illinois Pork Producers Association State Ambassador/Intern serves as a representative of the association and the pork industry. The chosen individual will hold the title of State Ambassador for a full year and will work from the Springfield office during the summer of their term (May - August).


Main duties of the intern include managing the birthing center during the Illinois State Fair, attending Summer Ag Institutes for teachers to present about pork, a project of his/her choosing (to be discussed with staff) and various other events. The internship is education and communication focused.


A $4,500 scholarship will be provided to the intern upon successful completion of the internship. Start date will depend on the student's school schedule, and end date will be after the conclusion of the IL State Fair.



  • Must be an Illinois resident between the ages of 18 and 23 (Undergraduate and graduate students may apply. Note that payment is only provided via scholarship, directly to the institution.)
  • Must exhibit strong communication, organization and leadership skills
  • Must exhibit a genuine interest in the Illinois pork industry and be able to speak on behalf of it
  • Recommended that he/she has attended Illinois Livestock Leadership Institute (Previously IPLI. Will get to attend on behalf of their internship)
  • Must be a member (or become a member) of the Illinois Pork Producers Association
  • Must have reliable transportation and be willing to travel to out-of-state training and functions
  • May only serve one year


Any questions may be directed to Jenny Ring at or 217-529-3100.


Deadline to apply is NOVEMBER 12, 2021.





Meet the 2021 IL Pork Ambassador: Rachel Probst


Rachel is currently a senior at Illinois State University, where she is majoring in agriclture education. She previously earned her associates degree from Lake Land Community College. Rachel was raised on a feeder-to-finish hog and grain farm near Wheeler, IL.

Along with being involved on the family farm, Rachel was very active in 4-H and FFA, holding various leadership positions. Through those experiences she became a dedicated and passionate individual while strengthening her leadership and communication skills. 


On campus, Rachel is involved in Sigma Alpha, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Agriculture Education Club and recently attended the Agriculture Future of America conference. Being a part of these organizations allows Rachel to advocate for the agriculture industry and make connections with others who share similar interests.