Recently, the Ohio Department of Agriculture completed spring 2014 programming for its internship, ODA University (ODA U). The program, created to increase awareness of the diversity of jobs at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, allows for experience in many careers including engineering, biology, chemistry, political science, communications, geography, animal and food sciences and many, many more.
In May, ODA U will be welcoming its 2014 summer class. Each intern will be assigned to a division or lab at the department which aligns with their career interests. One of the best things about ODA U, however, is that office work is supplemented with field experience to give a comprehensive look at the Department of Agriculture.
For example, as an intern you may work in ODA’s Plant Health division because you have an interest in entomology or crop science, but you will also have opportunities to go out with field staff from other divisions. You could travel with an inspector to make sure rides are safe at fairs and amusement parks, view an animal necropsy in our lab with veterinarians working to determine how an animal may have died or became sick and/or visit a food processing facility with inspectors to make sure food is being produced, processed and packaged in a sanitary environment. Each intern gets a number of different learning experiences here at ODA U.
To hear first-hand from some of the ODA interns in the inaugural summer 2013 class, visit: http://youtu.be/UmUTpckrxTs.
ODA U is an unpaid internship, where students can earn credit towards their college education. Upon successful completion of the internship, a $500 scholarship is awarded to each intern. For more information on ODA University, visit http://www.agri.ohio.gov/pages/odauniversity.aspx.