Rhiannon Cobb


  • Hometown: Omaha, NE
  • Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Major: Political Science & Global Studies
  • Serviceship Community: Neligh, NE

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
I have interned in Washington, D.C. the past two summers and I wanted to be on the field working with the people I am supporting in D.C. RFI provides such an amazing opportunity to not only work in making Nebraska a better state, but allows the development of rural Nebraska. Rural communities are the backbone of the United States, specifically when looking at the economy. It is important to not only work towards supporting the economic development of rural communities but to help them gain the knowledge and equipment they need to have most economic success and productivity possible.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience?
I hope to learn how rural communities run and what hardships and hurdles rural Nebraska faces, as well as to be able to experience a different part of Nebraska and our country. I hope to walk out of this experience with a new understanding of economic success in the US, as well as insight into how I can use rural development from Nebraska for rural development globally.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
I think my favorite aspect of Nebraska is the ability to be from a big city yet still be surrounded by corn fields and agriculture. Nebraska is by far the most underrated state in the United States. Nebraska provides a lot to the economic stability of the U.S. but also provides a humble and well loved community. There is absolutely nothing like Nebraska pride.