AAEA Selects Interns for 2021 Summer Program!

(LAGRANGE, GA, April 8, 2021) AAEA— The Agricultural Communicators Network is excited to announce that it has selected students from the University of Illinois and Oklahoma State University for its 2021 summer internship program.

Sarah Meghrian, a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been chosen for the editorial communications intern with the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) in Bloomington, Illinois.

“ISA is proud of the recent relaunch of our magazine, Illinois Field & Bean. It offers an exciting opportunity for Sarah to work on farmer-focused writing assignments covering both checkoff and membership programs,” says Rachel Peabody, Director of Communications, Illinois Soybean Association. “Our multi-faceted communications environment also extends our magazine’s reach through social media posts, media pitches, newsletter stories, and content for ilsoy.org.”

Baylee Hogan, a student at Oklahoma State University, has been selected for the marketing communications internship with broadhead in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“We were honored to host the marketing communications summer intern, Michaela Simcoe, in 2017 and had the most wonderful experience,” says Marguerite Haggerty, Human Resources Manager, broadhead. “I’m proud to say we hired Michaela full-time immediately after she graduated, and she has been a successful employee for two years. We want to provide a positive internship experience for Baylee as well and give her opportunities within the ag marketing and communications industry long after the internship ends.”

The editorial internship is made possible through a grant from AAEA The Agricultural Communicators Network Professional Improvement Foundation. The marketing internship is made possible through the generosity of Gardner & Gardner Communications.



For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Samantha Kilgore, skilgore@asginfo.net.

The AAEA Professional Improvement Foundation, PIF, provides annual internships to qualified students. Through PIF grants and support from industry leaders, agricultural communications students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through a summer editorial or marketing internship.

Each intern will earn a $4,500 stipened for the 8- to 10-week assignment, $1,000 toward travel costs, as well as paid registration to attend the Agricultural Media Summit, July 25-29, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Read more about the 2020 summer internship program, here.

Have questions? Contact Laurie Bedord, Future Ag Communicators Committee Chair,  laurie.bedord@meredith.com.

2019 Intern Reflections

Loren Lindler, 2019 AAEA intern with DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Loren Lindler, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

"I had the opportunity to work with a diverse team and learn from some of the best ag journalists in the game. DTN/Progressive Farmer has so much to offer, from weather to ag policy, I feel that I truly earned a taste of all aspects of ag journalism."

Read about Loren's experience.

"I knew that this internship would push me out of my comfort zone and it did just that, as well as helping me to grow my communication skills. I mainly worked with the account service team but was lucky to get to work with the creative team as well, especially on the agency’s social media.

This experience allowed me to watch many amazing people work through many different challenges. This gave me insight into what questions to ask my future employer to make sure the company is the right fit for me."

Read about Katherine's experience.

Wist Intern

Katherine Wist, Kansas State University