Matthews completes internship with American Farm Bureau Federation

Nov. 22, 2019

Ryan Matthews, of Leesburg, recently completed an internship with the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington D.C.

During his internship, Matthews used his communication skills to assist in a range of projects. He worked on event planning for workshops, printing and compiling Discussion Meet competitor packets and creating a collegiate Farm Bureau handbook. He also worked on social media campaigns to encourage member engagement.

“Our students use their internship experiences to hone their communications skills, network with potential employers, and develop confidence in their abilities,” said Dr. Annie Specht, program manager and associate professor for agricultural communication. “These internships are more than just line items on a resume – they are opportunities for students to prepare themselves for the next phase of their professional lives.”

Matthews returned to Columbus in August, where he is completing a degree in agricultural communication at The Ohio State University.

The agricultural communication major at Ohio State prepares students to plan, develop, and implement a communication campaign, using visual media, writing and editing. Students study crisis communication, graphic design, marketing, and journalism so they can spread the word about agriculture. To learn more about the agricultural communication major, visit or call 614-247-6358.