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Public Policy Internships - Indiana Farm Bureau

Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc., Indiana’s largest nonprofit farm organization, is seeking one policy intern to work in collaboration with the Purdue College of Agriculture's Office of Academic Programs for the spring semester.  Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. works to be an effective advocate for farmers and through its policies and programs, promote agriculture and improve the economic and social welfare of member families.  Indiana Farm Bureau has over 256,658 members, representing nearly 73,068 farm families across Indiana.  For more information about Indiana Farm Bureau, please visit the INFB website.

This intern will work up to 37.5 hours per week on policy analysis and grassroots programming associated with the legislative session.  This spring internship takes place over Purdue’s spring academic semester (same calendar date schedule).

The policy intern will work with the Indiana Farm Bureau Public Policy Team during the state legislative session.  The public policy team is responsible for advocacy, policy development and policy implementation, as well as identifying, monitoring and representing agricultural interests on emerging issues.

The internship is a full-time opportunity and will involve working on activities that enhance Farm Bureau member engagement in public policy and understanding how policy will impact Indiana agriculture.

Work will be five days per week at the INFB corporate offices in Indianapolis and at the State Capitol.

Strong written and oral communication skills and organizational skills are required.  Applicant should be self-motivated; detail-oriented and exhibit strong interest in public policy issues.  An agricultural background is preferred.  The pay rate is $12/hour from Indiana Farm Bureau as well as a $4,000 stipend from the Purdue College of Agriculture.

Any College of Agriculture student in their sophomore through senior year is encouraged to apply.  Students must be at least 18 years of age, completed at least one semester of classes on the West Lafayette campus, and have a current GPA of 3.0 or above.

Applications are due by October 7, 2019, with all required documentation, including an updated résumé, at least two letters of reference and written essays included in the application through the College of Agriculture.

Timeline:

  • Student applications available at the beginning of the fall semester.
  • Interested students encouraged to attend the fall semester Public Policy Internship Call-outs as announced in the COA's weekly WAS-UP e-newsletter.
  • Applications and letters of recommendation are due online by October 7, 2019 for the 2020 public policy internship program.
  • Applications are reviewed by a committee of faculty and staff shortly after the deadline.
  • For spring internships, final interviews and selections are made in late October by the site coordinators who will be the intern's supervisor(s).
  • Preparation workshops are held for spring interns in November before beginning their internships in January.
Mason Gordon

Mason Gordon – Spring 2019 College of Agriculture Indiana Farm Bureau Public Policy Intern

I had an incredible experience with Indiana Farm Bureau. The INFB team was incredible to work with. I made tremendous connections at the Statehouse and within the Farm Bureau organization. Throughout the semester, I learned new and useful information about the legislative and policy process.

By far, my most rewarding experience was seeing the first annual Indiana FFA Advocacy Day come to fruition. For years, I have been advocating to Indiana FFA leadership that FFA members needed a more legitimate legislative experience. As an intern for Illinois FFA, I witnessed their program and new that it would be an incredible model to ease my concern. When I spoke with Katrina about the possibility of this internship, she expressed the same concern and tasked me with starting a program. This March, over 40 FFA members visited the Statehouse, learned about issues that impact them as students, and experienced speaking with their legislators. Afterwards, Indiana FFA Leadership was blown away by the experience and began setting lofty goals for the program's future. I'm incredibly excited to see where the program heads in the future!

First, my background as an Indiana FFA State Officer laid the foundation for the skills that I needed during this internship. Through this experience, I gained the ability to communicate effectively and also gained experience interacting with legislators. Third, my experience as an Intern for Illinois FFA allowed me to have a background with a legislative advocacy day which proved very valuable.