Written by the 2016-2017 Agriscience Interns
November 28, 2016
The Agriscience Internship serves as an intensive program to prepare current college students for careers in agriscience education. The program emphasizes three main objectives for students to learn and grow spanning over a year-long time frame. Along with gaining experience in hands-on agricultural education, comprehensive organization, and professional development, it is also a lot of fun! Below are five reasons why YOU should apply for the agriscience internship!
1. Meet Current Ag Teachers
In your days of high school FFA, you probably met and spoke with a handful of ag teachers other than your own. However, this internship allows you to be in a higher position than just a student and provides the opportunity to talk with ag teachers as if you were on the same level. Whether you’re at FFA Camp, State Convention, a CDE Invitational, or just visiting their classroom, you get to share experiences, learn ideas for lessons and classroom management, and just hear some good old fashioned life advice. These veterans know how to get through school and the first year of teaching. It’s super important to make these connections now because believe it or not, these teachers will soon be your colleagues. The Agriscience Internship allows you to take that next step in meeting with teachers and learning what it’s like to be the head of the classroom.
2. Make the transition from the student to the teacher.
Coming fresh out of high school, many of us still view ourselves as the students in numerous situations. Even at college, we are still the students as we are following the orders of our professors. Though this internship, we made the transition in switching roles from the student to the actual teacher. Leading workshops and thinking, “What would a teacher do in this situation?” certainly helped. We learned that we are no longer students’ peers, but we are now in more of a leadership role.
3. Industry Visits
The Agriscience Internship lets us put our foot in the door of industry professionals like farmers, salesmen, agricultural businesses, greenhouses, and anything else that you would want to have a good background knowledge in. It also gives you the chance to make connections with these people that could be future CDE coaches, donators, guest speakers, and field trip opportunities. As an entire intern team, we shadowed FSH Angus Farm owned by the Ohio Beef Council President, Elizabeth Harsh. Located in Radnor, Ohio, we learned about the beef checkoff program and life on a beef farm. We also toured Bachman’s Sunny Hill Fruit Farm in Carroll, Ohio. The apples produced on this farm are the actual Ohio Apples that are sold in the annual FFA fruit sale. These industry visits allow us to see another side of agriculture that most of us are not accustom to. With our knowledge acquired through these experiences, we can use firsthand information to later transfer to our future students.
4. Gain lifelong friends in fellow future ag teachers
At the beginning of this internship, you are forced to work with your intern team to problem solve, develop curriculum, and work on numerous projects together. By the end of the internship, you will have gained many friends that you will have for a lifetime. Between long drives to FFA Camp and countless hours spent designing workshops, us six interns learned more about each other than we could have ever imagined–but we wouldn’t want it any other way.
5. It’s fun!
Who would have thought when us interns went back to FFA Camp Muskingum that we would be working? Between passing out thousands of chocolate milks at State FFA Convention to singing our lungs out all the way down Dewdrop Road, these past few months as interns have certainly been some for the books.
If this made you even a little more excited about the Agriscience Internship, you should apply RIGHT NOW! Applications are due on Thursday, December 1. You will never get a more authentic, valuable, and enjoyable experience than this internship. While we still have a few more months as interns, we know that the knowledge that we learned will carry us throughout our entire career as agriscience educators. Although we are not ready to pass the torch quite yet, we are so eager to meet the next generation of Agriscience Interns!