Ag Leadership Education Interns: The Leaders of Tomorrow

Ag Leadership Education Interns: The Leaders of Tomorrow

Feb 26
Debra Korte, Teaching Assistant Professor, Agricultural Education
  

Agricultural education majors in the Agricultural Leadership Education (ALE) concentration complete a 10-week internship as part of their required coursework. Although most students complete this opportunity during the summer months, some choose to do their internship during the fall or spring semesters. This semester, five ALE students are completing internships. Those students are:

-          Brittany Brown, Program Intern, Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, Champaign, IL

-          Danielle Brown, Ag in the Classroom Intern, University of Illinois Extension (Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, Vermillion Counties)

-          Erika Ferguson, Rural Health & Farm Safety Intern, Carle Foundation Hospital

-          David Fulton, Local Foods & Small Farms Intern, University of Illinois Extension (Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, Vermillion Counties)

-          Trent Hawker, Youth Development & Horticulture Intern, University of Illinois Extension (Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, Vermillion Counties)

-          Austin O’Neall, Education Intern, Children’s Discovery Museum, Bloomington-Normal, IL

 

Danielle Brown is serving as the Ag in the Classroom intern for the University of Illinois Extension program in Ford and Iroquois counties. Some of her responsibilities include creating new lessons and updating old lessons that are taught to students in K-4th grades. Lesson topics vary from animals, plants, and horticulture to agriculture careers. She is also planning the Summer Agriculture Institute for teachers in Ford and Iroquois counties, and helping create curriculum to inform local high schools about the resources available through their office.

Although she enjoys working on planning and preparation of materials, Danielle says, “My favorite part of working with Ag in the Classroom entails traveling to schools and presenting different lessons to students. The curiosity and excitement each child has makes the lesson so much fun! This job has been very rewarding, and I am looking forward to the weeks ahead.” Danielle is also very appreciative of the hands-on experiences she is gaining from this opportunity. “I can use what I’ve learned during coursework and apply it to real-life situations in the workforce.”

 

Danielle Brown, Senior