The Alabama Farmers Federation has hired three summer interns who will gain experience in agricultural communications, law and politics while working for the state’s largest farm organization.
Joining the Communications Department is Katie Wendland of Autaugaville, a junior in agricultural communications at Auburn University. Wendland is returning for her second summer internship with the Federation. Her work this summer is part of the curriculum requirement for her degree.
Josh Willis, a native of Pell City, is joining the Governmental and Agricultural Programs Department. Willis graduated from Auburn University in 2005 with a degree in political science. He is a student at Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law.
Joining the Governmental Affairs Department is Will Dodd of Winfield. He graduated from the University of Alabama in May with a double major in political science and history.
Both Willis and Dodd have extensive political experience. Willis worked as an administrative staff assistant for former State Sen. Ted Little, D-Auburn, and in the office of U.S. Rep. Robert B. Aderholt, R-Ala. Dodd was an intern for former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s staff and has been involved in Democratic Party organizations on the local, state and national levels.
Federation President Jimmy Parnell, who also is president of Alfa Insurance, said the organization and company benefit from having bright summer interns.
“These young people bring energy, enthusiasm and new ideas to our organization,” Parnell said. “Our goal is to provide them with a positive work experience that will help build their foundation as future leaders in our state. Many of the relationships they make through working here will influence their lives for years