A leading force engaging people and ideas in building a better future for rural America.
High School Intern
Administration, Communications and Development
Though I didn’t know too much about the Center for Rural Affairs when I started interning here, I’ve come to realize just how important this work is, and it’s given me a greater appreciation for rural America, where I’ve grown up. I’ve known most of the people in Lyons my entire life – relationships like that are amazing because they’re so strong.
Knowing the work I do helps the Center run smoothly is very satisfying, and I enjoy helping staff members when they need my assistance for different jobs around the office.
In my time here, I’ve learned so much, and I aspire to learn as much as I can before I graduate and start the next phase of my life. I hope my experiences here will help me decide what to do after college, and, even though I haven’t decided what school I want to attend, I know I want to study business, and hope to get the opportunity to play football.
When I’m not working, I like to spend time with my family – my parents, Scott and Shannon Burgett, and my sister, Brittani Phillips, who gave me the best niece ever. I also stay busy with football, powerlifting, and track.
Currently, I graduated from Lyons-Decatur Northeast High School in May 2019.