NAAE is pleased to announce that we have hired four new interns for the summer of 2014. The interns will spend their summers working on several projects for NAAE.
Professional Development Intern
Name: Hannah Anderson
School: Kansas State University, studying Agricultural Education with a minor in Agronomy
Year in School: Senior
Hometown, State: Newton, Kansas
Why did you choose to major in agricultural education? My decision to study agricultural education had many contributing factors; the most prevalent being my passion for agriculture that I developed through my involvement in my high school agriculture program and FFA organization. Coming from a large family, I also knew that I enjoyed working with people and hoped to do so in my future career. The agriculture industry continues to be challenged by misinformation being translated to consumers, who hold the livelihood of the industry in the palm of their hands. I hope that through my work as an agricultural educator, I can help to develop young leaders who will in turn establish a brighter future for all agriculturalists.
What are your professional goals?: After receiving my undergraduate degree I plan to seek a graduate level degree in Agricultural Communications and Journalism and later become an agricultural educator at a Kansas high school.
What are you looking forward to most about being a NAAE intern? I am looking forward to working with an elite group of agriscience educators from across the nation at this year's National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA) on the beautiful DuPont Chesapeake Farms in Chestertown, Maryland.
Name: Tori Avvenire
School: Virginia Tech
Year in School: rising Junior
Hometown, State: Strasburg, Virginia
Why did you choose to major in agricultural education? I chose an agricultural education degree track because the agriculture industry is vital to our daily lives. Therefore, it is important to me to share the story of such a broad industry to those that I come into communication with, especially children. I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for my agricultural educators.
What are your professional goals?: Upon graduating from Virginia Tech I plan to attend graduate school to receive my Master's in Agricultural Communications. I have hopes of working for an agriculture related organization in their communications department.
What are you looking forward to most about being a NAAE intern? As an intern this summer I am most looking forward to improving my skills and abilities as a writer and also developing relationships with the NAAE staff and fellow interns.
Name: Jaimee Brentano
School: Oregon State University
Year in School: Senior as of Fall 2015
Hometown, State: St. Paul, Oregon
Why did you choose to major in agricultural education? I grew up on my family's crop farm and was very involved in my high school's FFA program. Together these helped me develop a passion for agriculture and the opportunities for young students to learn about it while developing leadership skills. Through my years in college I have found that I am proud of my background and want to share my story and knowledge about this important industry to others, which lead me to a career in education. I am excited for the opportunity to work with young minds and help them grow.
What are your professional goals?: Become a high school agricultural teacher and FFA advisor in the state of Oregon.
What are you looking forward to most about being a NAAE intern? The opportunity to work with and get to know those who are a part of the NAAE. Also the opportunity to gain insight into the agricultural education system from a national level and broaden my own knowledge about the industry through exposure and experience.
Name: Sarah Doese
School: Iowa State University
Year in School: Junior
Hometown, State: Fairbank, Iowa
Why did you choose to major in agricultural education?: Growing up with my mother as an agricultural educator, I was opened to the world of agricultural education at a young age. Because of this, I have seen the impacts that agricultural education has on students at the high school level. Seeing this level of impact has inspired me to become an agricultural educator.
What are your professional goals?: My goals for the future include being involved in agricultural education in some way. This may include teaching in a high school classroom setting or communicating to the public the importance of agriculture and agricultural education.
What are you looking forward to most about being a NAAE intern?
There are so many different things that I am excited about being an NAAE intern. I am excited to communicate to our nation's leaders the importance of agricultural education. I am also excited to see a different aspect of agricultural education outside of a traditional classroom setting.
Interested in becoming an intern for NAAE? Follow this link to learn more about our internships, including internship responsibilities and when applications are available.