Meet Our Interns


IFBinternsinsIllinois Farm Bureau (IFB) is all about helping young people grow and learn through real-life experiences. The internships IFB offers are just one great way to get college students involved. Interns are working hard this summer in the state office.

News and Communications

Liz Koehler is a returning intern in the News and Communications Division. She will assist in issues management, media relations, promoting IFB’s communications platforms, and contributing to the RFD Radio Network,, and social media. Liz is from Sparland in Marshall County and attends the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is an Agricultural Communications major.

In Liz’s free time she enjoys hitting the golf course and spending time with family and friends. This summer, she will be going to many different events such as, Illinois State FFA Convention and the Indy 500, with RFD Radio Network. She is excited to be helping with social media at the IFB Commodities Conference.

Courtney Gerstenecker is spending her internship working with RFD Radio Network. She will assist with gathering news, information, and social media efforts for the radio network,, and FarmWeek. Courtney will be obtaining her Associate in Science Degree at Kaskaskia College in spring 2015. She then plans to transfer to Murray State University in Kentucky to major in Agricultural Education. Courtney grew up on a family farm in Clinton County.

Governmental Affairs and Commodities

Kelsey Schueler is the research intern in the Governmental Affairs and Commodities Program. Kelsey will do research on issues and economics related to agricultural production and marketing. Using her research, she will help draft graphs, charts, written briefs, and newsletter articles. Kelsey will also coordinate materials and communications for the IFB Commodities Conference and related events.

Kelsey grew up on a farm in California. She will graduate from ISU with a Masters in Agriculture Education and Leadership in 2015. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science with a minor in Ag Extension and Education from New Mexico State University. Outside of work, Kelsey will be busy training for an obstacle race in July and entertaining her Border Collie, Red.

Member Services and Public Relations

Jenny Jackson is the Youth Ambassador for the summer. Jenny is busy managing the Youth department’s social media and programming efforts, membership recruitment/retention activities, and providing insight on youth and collegiate level programming efforts for IFB.

Jenny was raised on a farm in Jacksonville, IL of Morgan County. In the fall, she will be a senior at Western Illinois University where she is majoring in Agriculture Science. Jenny is looking forward to The Heritage and Co-op Tour to Washington, DC with 60 FFA kids. She enjoys photography and has a small business on the side.  Jenny also does a lot of graphic design work for family and friends.

Congratulations to all interns and good luck!

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