Q&A with Dr. Shannon Washburn

Dr. Shannon Washburn will be joining ACEL as the department chair on July 1, 2020. To get to know him better, our students submitted questions and below are his answers.

Some questions are fun, while others are more serious! Thank you to our ACEL graduate and undergraduate students for submitting questions!

[ACEL student]: What plans do you have to get to know the students?
[Dr. Washburn]: Getting to know students, staff and faculty is my biggest priority for the first few months in the position. To meet students, I hope to be able to attend as many of the student organization meetings as possible and I always have an open door policy. I would also like to schedule small group appointments with students throughout my first year to share a brown bag lunch, grab coffee or ice cream and just chat.

What are your thoughts about starting a leadership role in a time of crisis like this?It definitely isn’t ideal to start a new leadership role at a new (to me) university during a global health pandemic and it certainly is presenting some challenges to my planning for relocation, but I know we will get through those challenges. In many ways though, the time when leadership is needed most is when times are difficult and I have been so impressed with the leadership I’ve witnessed from afar from University and CFAES leaders as well as the outstanding team in ACEL. Times like what we’re experiencing now really help you see what people are really made of and I’m tremendously impressed with the way ACEL faculty, staff and student leaders have stepped up in this time of crisis. I know we will learn much from these experiences and I look forward to using those lessons to help our department think about how our innovations and responses to COVID-19 can introduce lasting changes to “who” ACEL becomes moving forward.

What does being a Buckeye mean to you?
This is an interesting and challenging question because I’ve spent a total of less than two weeks of my life on the Ohio State campus. As of today what being a Buckeye represents to me is lots of opportunity for learning and growth in an environment with long, deep and rich traditions for excellence and global leadership. Throughout my 22 year career in higher education, the ACEL faculty and students I’ve been able to observe have always been respected for their tradition of excellence, innovation, talent, institutional pride, and their approachable collegiality. I’m thrilled to have a chance to join this incredible family and I look forward to learning so much more about what it means to be a Buckeye.

What is your plan for admitting more graduate students?
The biggest limiting factor associated with growing our graduate student population is our faculty capacity. I believe the most important thing we can do with graduate education to continue to build on our tradition of excellence is to make sure the students we admit receive outstanding experiences and support. There’s a limit to how many students each faculty member can serve while ensuring an excellent education. We have plans in the very near future to add a faculty member with expertise in Agriscience Education and another in Agricultural Communication. This should enable us to add some advising capacity. I also hope to be involved with the graduate program as an advisor for a few students. Beyond that, a great deal of planning and discussion with the graduate faculty team and learning more about the ACEL graduate experience will be necessary to refining longer term plans for growth.

What’re your plans for increasing diversity among ACEL graduate students?Growing diversity in any form will always be a function of continually striving to foster a more inclusive culture. Diverse candidates for any position have a keen sense for whether a place can become a home for them where they can really develop a sense of belonging where their ideas and perspectives are welcome. If we don’t foster such a mentality among current graduate students as well as our staff and faculty, it will be very difficult for our graduate program to reflect the great diversity of our country. Beyond that though, it is critical that we actively recruit for diversity as we hire faculty and staff and as we seek to proactively find the graduate students we want to invite to join the ACEL family. Making diversity a priority in admission and assistantship decisions will help with that as well. Ultimately, whether in ACEL or any other aspect of life, the sooner we recognize that welcoming and valuing diversity is a learned behavior that can be improved upon, the better we will be at doing so.

What’s your life motto or a crucial principle you live by?
My life motto for many years has been “Success isn’t measured by how high you climb, but by how high you bounce when you fall.” While no one enjoys failing, I’ve never struggled with embracing failure as a learning opportunity and a motivation for trying something new. I think that probably comes from growing up on a farm where things rarely go as planned, but that doesn’t mean you stop trying. I think as leaders, communicators and educators working with learners of all ages, we can do a much better job of sharing about lessons learned from failure to help other people realize that failure is part of the human condition and we shouldn’t allow it to be an impediment to taking on challenges.

What made you want to be the next ACEL chair?
This position offered an outstanding opportunity to gain experience in departmental leadership with a ridiculously talented team of faculty and staff in the premier program of its type in the United States. It also presented a new challenge at a time in my career when I was ready for one and at a time in my personal life that a move to another state seemed possible.

If Ohio State and Kansas State ever play in a bowl game, who has your support?
I would love to see that matchup because it would mean my Wildcats have achieved elite status in football and it would be a fun game to watch. While I can’t win with an honest answer to this question, it would be a no lose situation because either the team representing two of my diplomas wins or the team representing my mortgage payment wins!

What will you miss most about Kansas? Kansas State?
The answer to both questions is family. My family roots, my parents and one living grandmother are still in Kansas and my mother-in-law is there as well. Both of my daughters will continue their undergraduate educations at K-State so what I will miss most will be weekday lunches and chats with my girls on campus.

Tell me about your family?
My parents still operate the farm that my maternal great-grandparents established outside of Norton, Kansas (population 2,800) they grow wheat, grain and feed sorghum and registered Shorthorn cattle. My mom is retired from a career as the receptionist for the medical clinic in town and now spends a lot of time trying to keep up with her 92 year old mom. Andi is my wife of almost 23 years and she holds BS and MS degrees from Kansas State in English Education and was a high English teacher when we met. Most recently she has worked in Digital Marketing. She is an amazing baker, a tremendous mom and my best friend and she’s excited to start this new adventure with me. My daughters are Anna – a sophomore at K-State studying English Education with a Theatre minor and Kate – a freshman at K-State studying Music Education and a trumpet player in K-State’s marching band.

What was your job before getting a PhD?
When I completed my degree in Agricultural Education from K-State, I became a high school ag teacher in Southwest Kansas. After three years in the high school classroom, I had a really unique opportunity to become a full-time instructor in Agricultural Education at K-State while finishing my masters degree. That is where I discovered how much I love working with college students and in the higher education environment.

Are you an early bird or night owl?
I can really be either one, depending on how late I am on completing a project!

Will you teach in addition to being chair?
I’ve had one semester since 1995 when I didn’t teach. My wife can tell you that wasn’t a pretty semester – I missed being in the classroom. I’m excited to continue learning in that way as well with my new position.

What’s your favorite vacation destination?
Anyplace with a beach and fresh seafood.

What’s something you’re really good at – big or small?
I love applying my expertise in agricultural education to international ag development settings and have had awesome opportunities to do so repeatedly in Egypt, Haiti, Ethiopia and Ghana. I am a lifelong student of other cultures and really enjoy meeting people in agriculture from around the world. I’ve traveled enough to know that no matter where you go, there are many more things that make people similar than there are differences, so I find it very easy to connect with people in developing countries.

Do you like to read? What are you reading now?
Kindle is about the third most used app on my phone, but I spend so much of my professional life reading that when I want to read for pleasure it is to escape in fiction. Right now I’m reading the latest in a long series of Agent Pendergast novels by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I’m also a huge fan of anything Stephen King and would highly recommend his Dark Tower series, and there isn’t a Jack Reacher book (by Lee Child) that I haven’t read.

Do you have any hobbies?
Andi and I both have a sick obsession with DIY home improvement that really is our only true hobby.

What is your favorite band/musician?
There are too many great bands to have a single favorite. It really depends on my frame of mind whether I listen to James Taylor, Billy Joel, AC/DC, Red Dirt Country, Contemporary Country or pop. My main Pandora Stations are Train, Journey, Plain White T’s or Zac Brown Band.

Do you sing karaoke? Go to song?
I’m not really musically inclined, but in the right mood, I could sing anything Billy Joel, George Strait or Garth Brooks.

Is it pop, soda, or coke?
You’ll find me using pop and soda interchangeably. Coke only comes in red.

What is your favorite kind of food?
I love food of many varieties and think food is one of the most fascinating parts of culture so I enjoy trying lots of new foods. If I had to pick a favorite though, having grown up on a Western Kansas cattle ranch, I would choose steak.

You see someone wearing Ohio State while traveling of out state. What do you say to them?
I’m pretty sure the best way to strike up a conversation with anyone wearing scarlet and gray anywhere in the world would be to simply say “O-H…”

We hope you enjoyed getting to know Dr. Washburn! Now, it’s your turn to answer some of Dr. Washburn’s questions for you. Visit go.osu.edu/washburnasks to share some of your favorite spots on campus, the best hidden gems in Ohio and more!


Student Teaching Spotlight – Kayla Erickson, Fairfield Union High School

Written by:
Kayla Erickson
agriscience education

Student teaching has been a whirl wind of emotions. Some good, others not quite as a good but the whole experience has been amazing none the less. One of my favorite parts of student teaching has been getting to know the students. Each student has their own personality. In turn, each class has its own personality. Some things work for some students and classes while they do not work with others. It’s been fun getting to know the personalities of the students and the different classes and differentiating for each.

A part of student teaching that I have struggled with is behavior management. I have a hard time deciding where my line is. The students definitely test that line, but it is hard to discipline them if I am not sure where it is. My cooperating teacher has been great about giving me advice and helping me through this learning curve. I have also got good advice before from my peers as well. While I struggle with this part of teaching, I appreciate the opportunity to learn from my mistakes and successes throughout this process.

I was not really sure what to expect when I began student teaching. I thought that I was unprepared, I was concerned with making relationships with students, and whether teaching was a good fit for me. Standing on the other end of student teaching, I realize that I was as prepared as I could have been for the experience. I often had to remind myself that four months was not a lot of time to form strong relationships. I made relationships with students that were unique to the experience. I am sad to think that I may not get to see the students anymore. We learned a lot together throughout my time teaching. As far as teaching being a good fit for me, I will say that I was not sure that I would teach up until this point. After student teaching, I could absolutely see myself becoming an agriscience educator.

My cooperating teacher and I are very similar. I think that our personalities and out teaching styles are very much alike. I think the students appreciated the similarities. I think that made the transition a little easier for them. The individuals that chose the student teaching placements did a fantastic job when they picked my placement and cooperating teacher.

The thing that I will miss the most about student teaching will be the students. I have enjoyed getting to know them and their learning needs. I will also miss working with my cooperating educator and learning from her years of experience. The students, teacher, and school district that I have gotten to be a part of has been so welcoming and great to work with throughout my experience.

The entire experience has made me look forward to having a classroom of my own. I am excited to decorate the room and interact with the students on a daily basis. I am looking forward to experimenting with lessons to see what works and what doesn’t work. I look forward to developing relationships with students, faculty, and staff within the school that I will be working with. I am excited for the next step in my teaching career.

I have earned a lot of valuable experience from my time student teaching. I am sad that it was cut short, but I am thankful for the time that I got. I am looking forward to the next steps in my teaching career.

Below are some pictures from my student teaching experience.





Ohio 4-H Week Alumni Spotlight: Sara Deakin

Sara Deakin is a third-year student studying community leadership with a specialization in community and extension education. She is from Columbus, Ohio – Franklin County, where she was an active member of the K-9 Wonderdogs and Fantastic Futures 4-H Club for 7 years.

During your time in 4-H, what projects did you complete?

Dog project, veterinary science, shooting sports, market hogs, market goat, market rabbit, and beef feeder. I learned how to take care of many different animals along with public speaking skills, and leadership skills.

Why did you turn Green & White into Scarlet & Gray?

4-H is the reason I am studying extension education and I hope to one day be an Ohio 4-H extension educator.

Ohio 4-H Week Alumni Spotlight: Jasmine Mabry

Jasmine Mabry is a second-year agriscience education student from Camden, Ohio – Preble County, where she was an active member of the Just Horsin’ Around 4-H Club for 10 years. 

During your time in 4-H, what projects did you complete?

I completed several different projects and learned many valuable life skills. Through my horse project, I learned the value of patience, determination, and independence. Through my goat project – the importance of hard work and persistence. With my various miscellaneous projects, I learned many new skills that are applicable to adulthood.

Why did you turn Green & White into Scarlet & Gray?

4-H is what began my passion for agriculture. It is what fueled my love for serving others and inspired me to go the distance. I am pursuing a career as an educator because my 4-H advisors, senior fair board members, and extension educator all inspired me with their willingness to help students be successful in all aspects of life.

Ohio 4-H Week Alumni Spotlight: DaVonti’ Haynes

DaVonti’ Haynes is a Ph.D. student studying agricultural communication, education, and leadership with a focus in community and extension education. 

He is from Cleveland, Ohio – Cuyahoga County, where he was an active member of the Youth Advisory Committee of Cuyahoga County.

During your time in 4-H, what projects did you complete?

All of our projects were related to leadership and service; such as the Cuyahoga County Annual Youth Summit. My involvement with 4-H was really the prelude to me discovering my passion of advocating for, empowering, and uplifting others and communities. 

What did you learn through your involvement in 4-H?

4-H helped prepare me for my academic and professional career in ways that I could not have expected. It instilled in me a love for giving back and servant leadership and helped equip me for success after high school by providing me with the necessary supports, environment, and network of friends, educators, and mentors to grow. 4-H introduced me to life-long leadership skills such as resilience, facilitation, communication, and advocacy, among many others. The experiences, skills, and knowledge that I gained during my time in Cuyahoga County 4-H have (and will continue to) directly contribute to my personal, professional, and academic growth and success.

Ohio 4-H Week Alumni Spotlight: Emma Newell


Emma Newell is a fourth-year studying agricultural communication at Ohio State. She is from Pickerington, OhioFairfield County, where she was an active member of the Unleashed 4-H Club for 11 years and has served as an advisor for 3 years. 

During your time in 4-H, what projects did you complete?

Dogs, Alpacas, Pigs, Chickens, various Leadership projects, numerous Community Service projects, PetPALS (certified therapy animals visiting those in need). I also served on the following leadership boards: Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council, Ohio 4-H Foundation Board, National 4-H Young Alumni Advisory Committee, Fairfield County Junior Leaders, Fairfield County Junior Fair Board, National 4-H Conference (Roundtable Facilitator)  

Why did you turn Green & White into Scarlet & Gray?

I always knew I would one day turn from a clover into a Buckeye. The active participation of the college within the youth development program solidified my desire to attend The Ohio State University at a very young age. I grew up admiring the professors and learning from them at workshops and sessions. There is always more to learn and people within this network who are willing to share their knowledge.

Ohio 4-H Week Alumni Spotlight: Lindsey Okuley

Lindsey Okuley is a first-year studying agricultural communication at Ohio State. She is from Wapakoneta, Ohio – Auglaize County, where she was an active member of the Fryburg Happy Farmers 4-H Club for 7 years. 

During your time in 4-H, what projects did you complete?

I completed various poultry projects and was also a member of the junior fair board. 

What did you learn through your involvement in 4-H?

I learned the value of responsibility, how to lose, and how to effectively work to solve issues as a team member and leader.

Why did you turn Green & White into Scarlet & Gray?

4-H helped flame the fire of the love I had for agriculture. It helped guide me to Ohio State and CFAES due to connections I made through my show days and experiences unique to 4-H through OSU.

ACEL Nutshell – December 4, 2019

*Items in bold are new

December 4 – Last day of Autumn Semester
December 4 – CFAES Breakfast, 7:30am-10am, Kottman Hall Lobby
December 4 – Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow Meeting, 6pm, Room 211AA
December 5 – Reading Day
December 6, 9-12 – Finals Week
April 9 – CFAES Celebration of Students Banquet
April 14 – ACEL Annual Banquet

On our Website
News Release: Ritter completes internship with GC2 Ministries
Giving Tuesday
Oglesby completes internship with Ohio Association of Foodbanks

On our Blog
News Release: Cunningham completes internship with The Annex of Marion
Giving TuesdayNews Release: Leeper completes internship with Ohio State Extension
Burger awarded American FFA Degree
News Release: Beach completes internship with Hancock County Agricultural Society
News Release: Augustine completes internship with Ohio State ATI
News Release: Matthews completes internship with American Farm Bureau Federation
Varney completes MS project defense

In the News
Abbey Averill `03, alum, Ashtabula County Ag Day recognized at national levelStar Beacon

Winter drop in/ craft event
Tuesday, December 10, 12:30-1:30pm, 250A Agricultural Administration (Columbus)
Friday, December 13, 12:30-1:30pm, 126 Research Services (Wooster)
Come join Graduate Education Coordinator, Kayla Arnold, and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, Gary Pierzynski, for holiday themed crafts, snacks, and warm drinks! We will have crafting supplies available, all you need to do is show up. If you can’t make the entire time, we also encourage you to stop in and grab some snacks as your schedule permits.

Report your Internship
If you’re completing an internship – for credit or not for credit – you are asked to complete the linked form to share your internship with the CFAES Office of Career Development. Complete this form.

End of semester stress?
CFAES has an embedded clinical counselor who works primarily with students in our college: David L. Wirt, M.Ed., LPCC-S. David is available for new and returning CFAES students by calling 614-292-5766. Please mention when calling you are a student in CFAES and want to schedule with him. If you have questions, you may email Dave at wirt.9@osu.edu . More information about counseling at CFAES is located at https://students.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/campus-life/student-services and at https://ccs.osu.edu.

Food Pantry in Ag Admin and Kottman – Open to all students
Are you in need of extra support?

  • Food Pantries located in Ag Admin 250 and Kottman 210
  • Free to all Ohio State students, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
  • No appointment necessary
  • Shelf stable foods, snacks, toiletries, and other essentials
  • Just ask for a “cup of tea” at the front desk

2020 Celebration of Students Program Award Application/Nomination Forms Available
Applications and nominations are now open for awards presented at the 2020 Celebration of Students Program on April 9. Complete information is available at go.osu.edu/AwardApplications. Nominations and applications are due Monday, February 10, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.

Student Awards:

  • Jill A. Pfister Outstanding First-Year Student Scholarship – open for student organizations to nominate those first-year students (freshmen or transfer) who have made meaningful contributions to a student club or organization.
  • Ray A. Miller Council Scholarship – open to members of the CFAES Student Council (student organization representatives or academic major delegates) who have demonstrated leadership in their contributions to Council and other campus organizations.
  • Internship Awards – one award is offered in each CFAES academic units, including ATI. Eligible to students who have completed at least a 10-week internship experience during Spring, 2019, Summer, 2019, or Autumn, 2019.
  • Outstanding Student Employee – open to all undergraduate students who work for CFAES academic units, OARDC, or OSU Extension. Up to two awards are presented.

Student Organization Awards:

  • New Activity Award – recognizes a new project within a CFAES student organization – see the application form for additional details.
  • Student Organization Excellence Awards – recognizes notable accomplishments of CFAES student organizations (including SENR and ATI) in the following areas:
    • (1) leadership/professional development
    • (2) community engagement
    • (3) collaboration
    • (4) active citizenship
    • (5) supporting the mission of CFAES
  • Student Organization of the Year Award – recognizes one student organization that excels in at least three of the five areas previously mentioned.

Faculty/Staff Awards

  • Outstanding Service to Students – students can nominate CFAES faculty and staff who particularly support students or student organizations.
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Mentor – students can nominate their academic advisor/mentor (either a faculty or staff member) for their excellence in serving students.

If you have questions, contact Dr. Marilyn Trefz at trefz.2@osu.edu or 614-915-1150.

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Agricultural Education Society
Meetings will resume in January for Spring Semester 2020.

Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow will meet on the following dates in Room 211 of Agricultural Administration at 6pm.

  • December 4
Michigan State University – PhD Assistantship
The Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University is pleased to announce an open PhD assistantship in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Education. Priority will be given to applications received prior to January 3rd and the position will remain open until filled. If you have any questions, please email rbm@msu.edu or call (517) 355-0102.

MSU offers the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary department and to become an integral member of our AFNR Education team, contributing to impactful scholarship and teaching. In addition, the assistantship includes paid tuition, health insurance, and a stipend. Additional Information

College of Charleston – graduate assistantships
The Graduate Program in Environmental and Sustainability Studies at the College of Charleston is currently accepting applications for Fall 2020. There are two graduate assistant positions available as part of the Sustainable Agriculturel initiative. The thesis or internship tracks and interdisciplinary curriculum offers students the tools and skills needed to pursue a career in the environmental field.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Program Coordinator, Lucy Davis (davislh@cofc.edu). I have attached some informational documents pertaining to our program that you are encouraged to share with students. For more information, please direct students to our website: mes.cofc.edu. Additional information is available here and here.

North Dakota State University – Agricultural Education Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantship Position (M.S. or Ph.D.)
The Agricultural Education program at North Dakota State University is seeking a graduate assistant at the doctoral (PhD) level (MS/PhD combined also considered). For this position we seek a motivated individual interested in the preparation of agricultural educators from pre-service through current educators in all formal and informal educational settings. Additional information.

This individual will join Agricultural Education and Teacher Education faculty in the preparation of pre-service teachers, induction teachers, Extension educators, and Extension audiences. The selected individual will:

  • Develop new and join present efforts to recruit students to the Agricultural Education degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the multistate region.
  • Lead and co-teach across specialty teaching methods and general educator preparation coursework.
  • Work with the North Dakota Teacher Induction Program which serves 1-3 year Ag Ed and FACS teachers.
  • Co-advise undergraduate students
  • Assist with expanding distance delivery options of Agricultural Education coursework
  • Assist with the North Dakota Teach Ag committee responsibilities
  • Work with Extension audiences on educational methods and program evaluation
  • Assist with data management and monitoring
  • Conduct collaborative and independent research
  • Complete other duties as assigned

Salary and Benefits

  • This is a 9-month, .50 graduate teaching assistantship (20 hrs/wk). Additional guaranteed funding will support summer salary above the core assistantship stipend. The preferred start date is August 2020. The assistantship includes a full tuition waiver. Up to four years of funding will be provided for doctoral-seeking candidates.

New Graduate Education Webpage
The CFAES Graduate Education website is now live! This site serves as a central resource for graduate students, housing information about upcoming events, news, and funding opportunities. We encourage you to check back regularly to stay up to date: https://grad.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/ If you have ideas or suggestions for resources to add to the webpage, please send them to CFAES Graduate Education Coordinator, Kayla Arnold.1065.

College Scholarship Application for the 2020-2021 academic year – Priority Deadline: February 15, 2020
All students in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences are encouraged to fill out the College Scholarship Application for the 2020-21 academic year.

You will only need to fill out one application to be eligible for scholarships from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, School of Environment and Natural Resources, and ATI/Wooster. The priority deadline for completing the application is February 15, 2020.

The simple on-line form requires you to write a short 300 word essay, list of present and previous work experience, involvement in extracurricular activities, provide details about involvement in groups. Students in the School of Environment and Natural Resources will only need to complete this application for 2020-21 as the supplemental questions are within this application. Applicants who have participated in 4-H regardless of University/College, Campus, or major are to complete this application and the additional supplemental questions when you check “Yes” on the involvement in 4-H.

FAFSA Now Available for Next Year – Start Filling Out Now!
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the University Special Scholarships Application and the CFAES Scholarship Application for the 2020-2021 academic year are now available.
What you need to do now:

  • File the FAFSA today at fafsa.gov or on the myStudentAid app. The 2020-2021 FAFSA requires income information from your 2018 tax returns. Learn more at fafsa.gov
  • Follow the FAFSA prompts and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to directly import tax return information into the FAFSA.
  • Complete the University Special Scholarships Application. For more information visit sfa.osu.edu/current-student/about-aid/types-of-aid/scholarships
  • Complete the CFAES Scholarship Application. For more information visit cfaes.osu.edu/scholarships

Make it a priority. The 2020-2021 Ohio State priority date for the FAFSA and the University Special Scholarships Application is February 1, 2020. The CFAES Scholarship Application priority date is February 15, 2020.

Applications due January 15
Australia: Human Impacts on the Natural Environment– ENR (May 6-29, 2020)
Iceland: Environment and Natural Resources– ENR (June 10-26, 2020)
New Zealand: Sustainable Tourism & Human Impacts on the Environment – ENR (May 6-29, 2020)

Application due February 1
Czech Republic: People, Plant, Profit in Prague – AEDE/EEDS (May 3-29, 2020)

Questions: E-mail Ryan Vonderhaar(.15)

Education Abroad Peer Advising Hours
Where: Ag Admin Rm 100, Education Abroad Office
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:15-5:00 pm; Wednesdays and Fridays 9:30 am-1:20 pm

Looking to go abroad? Already going, but have questions? Come to peer advising hours to talk with other students for advice and help!

Internship Openings
American Farm Bureau – AFBF Summer Internship Program
Cincinnati Reds – Video Productions Intern
Columbus Crew – Corporate Partnerships Intern
Columbus Crew – Video Production Intern
Columbus Crew – Marketing Intern
Columbus Crew – Community Relations & Foundation Intern 
Columbus Crew – Digital Content Intern
Columbus Crew – Social Media Intern
Columbus Crew – Communications Intern
Curion – Events & Sponsorship Coordinator
Dairy Farmers of American –  Marketing Communication Manager
FC Cincinnati – Sponsorship Activation Intern
Heartland Payment Systems – Promising Entrepreneur – Graphic Designer (Intern)
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center – Conservation Education Internship – Texas
Lake County Captains – Marketing & Promotions Intern
Lake Erie Crushers – Graphic Design Internship
Lake Erie Crushers – Radio Broadcast Internship
Lake Erie Crushers – Graphic Design Internship
Lake Erie Crushers – Photography Internship
Lake Erie Crushers – Video Production Internship
Michigan, Dept of Health and Human Services – Communication Intern
NASCAR – NASCAR Diversity Internship Program – Broadcasting and Media Productions 
NASCAR – NASCAR Diversity Internship Program – Social Media
NASCAR – NASCAR Diversity Internship Program – Graphic Design
Pixar – Editorial Intern, Summer 2020
Tracy Aviary – Environmental Education Intern
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center – Education Program Intern
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center – Volunteer Program Intern
WISH – Public Relations Intern
WISH – Event Management and Social Media Intern

Full-Time Openings
Akron Zoo – Graphic Designer
American Soybean Association – State Policy Communications Coordinator 
Arizona State University – Digital Communications Specialist
Certified Horsemanship Association – Advertising Sales Representative
Chabad Columbus –  Volunteer and Event Coordinator
City of Dublin, Ohio – Multimedia Communications Specialist
Dairy Farmers of America – Marketing Communication Manager
Ferris State University – Graphic Designer
Fort Hayes State University – Graphic Designer 
Hearthland Payment Systems – Senior Graphic Design Manager
iHeart Media – Outside Account Executive
Montana FFA Foundation – Director of Development
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association  – Creative Content Manager
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association – Market Research Coordinator
Ohio, Development Services Agency – Communications Specialist
Ohio State, Moritz College of Law – Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Ohio State, Academic Affairs – Program Coordinator
Ohio State, Knowlton – Senior Graphic Designer
Ohio State, Mansfield – Coordinator-Student Programs
Ohio State, International Affairs – Coordinator-Study Abroad
OSU Extension, Warren – Program Assistant, 4-H
City of Portland, Texas – Public Information Officer
Purdue University Extension –  Extension Educator – Ag and Natural Resources
Shelby Humane –  Volunteer Coordinator
University of Arkansas – Communications and IT Specialist
University of Cincinnati – Digital Content Specialist
University of Maryland – Coordinator of Recruitment
University of Nebraska – Dean for the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
University of Nevada, Reno – Graphic Designer and Communications Professional
University of Oklahoma –  Volunteer Coordinator
University of Toledo – Art Director
University of Utah – Coordinator, Marketing & Communications
USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection – Visual Information Specialist
US Fish and Wildlife Service – Visual Information Specialist
UT Health San Antonio – Graphics Designer-Intermediate
Utah State University – Recruiter I
West Virginia University – Dean and Director of WVU Extension

List of all agricultural education postings by state

Graduate School Opportunities
Arizona State University
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News Release: Cunningham completes internship with The Annex of Marion

Taylor Cunningham, of Arcadia, recently completed an internship with The Annex of Marion in Marion, Ohio.

During her internship, Cunningham used her communication skills to assist in planning for community events, manage social media platforms and work on website development. She also assisted with Ohio State Marion campus orientations and move-in.

“Our students use their internship experiences to hone their communications skills, network with potential employers, and develop confidence in their abilities,” said Dr. Annie Specht, program manager and associate professor for agricultural communication. “These internships are more than just line items on a resume – they are opportunities for students to prepare themselves for the next phase of their professional lives.”

Cunningham returned to Columbus in August, where she is completing a degree in agricultural communication at The Ohio State University.

The agricultural communication major at Ohio State prepares students to plan, develop, and implement a communication campaign, using visual media, writing and editing. Students study crisis communication, graphic design, marketing, and journalism so they can spread the word about agriculture. To learn more about the agricultural communication major, visit acel.osu.edu or call 614-247-6358.


News Release: Leeper completes internship with Ohio State Extension

Shae Leeper, of Marysville, recently completed an internship with the Delaware County Extension Office in Delaware, Ohio.

During her internship, Leeper used her communication skills to assist in 4-H and Junior Fair event planning and manage social media platforms. She also worked on farm research projects which included video production and editing.

“Our students use their internship experiences to hone their communications skills, network with potential employers, and develop confidence in their abilities,” said Dr. Annie Specht, program manager and associate professor for agricultural communication. “These internships are more than just line items on a resume – they are opportunities for students to prepare themselves for the next phase of their professional lives.”

Leeper returned to Columbus in August, where she is completing a degree in agricultural communication at The Ohio State University.

The agricultural communication major at Ohio State prepares students to plan, develop, and implement a communication campaign, using visual media, writing and editing. Students study crisis communication, graphic design, marketing, and journalism so they can spread the word about agriculture. To learn more about the agricultural communication major, visit acel.osu.edu or call 614-247-6358.