Student’s Internship Allowed Her to be a Part of Building a New Tool
Written by Brooke Schafer
Claire Baney (Sophomore; Agricultural Economics and Ag Communications; Fishers, IN) spent this past summer as a Field Atlas Program Intern with AgriNovus Indiana in Indianapolis. In this role, she supported the development of an agbioscience career exploration tool called Field Atlas. The purpose of the tool is to expose Generation Z students to opportunities in agbioscience, which AgriNovus believes is “where food, science and tech converge.” The tool, which is set to launch in early 2020, connects students, universities, and employers. Her role involved researching and identifying agbioscience careers, their programs of study, companies, and specific jobs. She also attended many events focused on amplifying the message of agbioscience with numerous partners.
Through this experience, Claire gained the valuable skill of learning how to communicate with her own generation. She says, “I realized that because most of us learn to write from teachers who are a generation or two ahead of us, our writing is graded according to someone else’s voice – making it harder to know our own, let alone what the rest of our generation likes.” She feels that AgriNovus helped her to learn that and how to intentionally communicate with different audiences. She also enjoyed working on a very small team. It made her feel like a full-time staff member who was a part of the team, which created a “uniquely connected culture.” Overall, Claire says this about her experience, “I loved learning about amplifying their message this summer and the value of equipping startups to stimulate innovation and enrich life.”