IL Corn Welcomes New Interns

Dan Obert

Jun 22, 2020  |  Today's News

IL Corn welcomes three interns to our team this summer. Two interns work in the communication department and the third works on membership and legislative priorities. They join us originally from different parts of our state. One of our goals of the internship program is to invest in future leaders of the Illinois agriculture industry. We look forward to the upcoming months and having them join our staff while providing education opportunities which they will take with them into their careers.


Keegan Cassady

Keegan Cassady is serving as the Legislative Intern for IL Corn this summer. Keegan recently graduated from Oklahoma State University her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and a concentration in Agribusiness. The Bloomington native grew up raising and showing Angus cattle across the country. She went on to serve as Miss American Angus and is currently on the National Junior Angus Association Board of Directors. During her time at Oklahoma State University she served as president of both Block and Bridle and Sigma Alpha, a professional, agricultural sorority.

Before joining the IL Corn team, Keegan interned in Washington, D.C. with the National Beef Association and the Public Lands Council. This fall, she will start law school at Drake University in Des Moines, IA focusing on agricultural law and policy.


Alexa Vincent

Alexa Vincent is a Communications Intern for IL Corn. She attends Eastern Illinois University where she will be graduating this December with a major in interpersonal communications and a minor in 2D studio art. She hopes to pair the two together to get into the promotional communications field someday, so this internship is the perfect match for her. At Eastern she works for 88.9 WEIU and helps with the campus’s Mindfulness Club.

When she is not living in Charleston for school, she resides in Bloomington. While she may not have the agriculture background that most here do, she is eagerly learning and looking forward to putting that knowledge into the new displays she will design. She looks forward to meeting more of the agriculture industry and diving deeper into all the great projects we have planned.


Katie Smith 

Katie Smith is a Communications Intern for IL Corn. Some of her main tasks this summer include designing new displays for events, creating a social media plan, and putting together videos for promotional efforts. She is most excited to gain more experience using various design programs as well as learn how IL Corn effectively tailors their message to reach their audiences.

Katie is from Walnut, IL and will be a senior this fall at Illinois State University where she is majoring in Agriculture Communications and Animal Industry Management. She is involved in Ag Ambassadors, Hoof N’ Horn, and Farm Bureau.