May 09, 2014
Left photo: David Christenberry will intern with the Governmental and Agricultural Programs Department. Right photo: Kayla Sellers will intern with the Communications and Public Relations Department.
Auburn University College of Agriculture students Boyd C. Christenberry and Kayla Sellers began summer internships at the Alabama Farmers Federation May 5.
Christenberry, a senior in agricultural economics, will work with the Department of Governmental and Agricultural Programs (GAP).
“This is a great opportunity for me to network and travel around the state, get my hands dirty and find what I’d like to do in the business world,” said the Birmingham native.
GAP Department Director Brian Hardin said he plans to keep Christenberry busy this summer.
“Among other tasks, he will work with the TREASURE Forest Association (TFA) to help revitalize county chapters,” Hardin said. TFA merged with the Federation in October.
Sellers, a Pintlala resident and Federation scholarship recipient, is a senior in agricultural communications interning in the Department of Public Relations and Communications.
“This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” Sellers said. “The experiences I will receive by working in this department are invaluable along with my Auburn education.”
Jeff Helms, director of public relations and communications, said Sellers’ energy, enthusiasm and love of agriculture will be assets to the department.
“Kayla will be responsible for news and feature writing, photography, copy editing, research and project management,” Helms said. “This experience will help prepare her to be an effective advocate for agriculture.”
Both students have family connections with Alfa. Christenberry’s grandfather was executive vice president of marketing for Alfa Insurance. Sellers’ late grandfather was a Montgomery County Farmers Federation board member, and her parents worked with Alfa Realty.