Carly Martin

Carly showing a pig
Marion, Iowa

Internship offers variety of communications experiences

This summer I interned with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service. I’ve written about research in the college, my experiences and the experiences of other students. You can read those stories at

I even wrote about the National Junior Swine Association (NJSA), one of my favorite events. I've been a member of NJSA for many years. NJSA members from 26 states travel to Des Moines every summer to compete. From Maryland to California, you will find youth who have traveled many hours to participate. I have had the privilege to not only take part in many shows, but also meet and network with people.

My most memorable moments have always been the time spent with family and friends, not what placing or score I received. From water fights to hide-n-seek in the barn or sitting around playing card games, those are the moments I remember most. Of course, I always looked forward to showing my pigs, too.

I grew up on a purebred swine seedstock farm in Marion, Iowa. We raise corn and soybeans and also have a 75 head sow operation consisting of selling show pigs and breeding stock. I started showing pigs when I was four years old and have continued ever since.

Along with showing hogs and other activities at the Iowa State Fair, I wrote a daily newsletter for diners. The skills I learned during my internship helped me get a job as the editor of a daily newsletter for the Stockman's Inn during the fair.