The Office of International Programs in Agriculture (IPA) recognizes the importance of having a global perspective, which is why it strives to provide students with a variety of opportunities to engage in international agricultural learning, research, and service.
The Ohio Program (TOP) is a part of IPA and specializes in providing international internships in agriculture, horticulture, turfgrass and agricultural business. Throughout more than 35 years in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), TOP has hosted over 10,000 participants for training and currently has 40 signed agreements with colleges and educational organizations from around the world. Visit TOP to learn more about the international internships that our offered and how to apply.
Student research grants are occasionally offered by IPA to students interested in conducting international research. Contact Beau Ingle for more information on this program. Also, be sure to visit the Funding Opportunities page for an updated list of other programs that are currently accepting applications and proposals from students for international agricultural research.
From "Human and Animal Interactions" to "Food Safety & Security", the CFAES offers 16 education abroad courses in 18 countries. To explore the many education abroad courses that approximately 40% of all CFAES undergraduate students take part in, please visit the Academic Programs' Education Abroad page or contact Kelly Newlon.
As the sixth-largest producing institution of Peace Corps volunteers, Ohio State encourages students to apply their skills through the Peace Corps after graduation. Peace Corps assignments typically last 27 months and are based in one of 63 countries in which the Peace Corps is currently operating. Depending on the nature of their assignment, volunteers can expect to help local communities in areas like education, health services, agriculture & environment, and community development. For more information, visit Ohio State Peace Corps.
High School Programs
IPA is proud to partner with Ohio State University Extension in administering the Ohio Youth Institute, a program for high school students designed to build awareness of global poverty and food insecurity. The program involves a speaking and writing competition that culminates in a one day program at the Nationwide-Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Selected students from the Ohio Youth Institute move on to attend the World Food Prize and to participate in the Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, IA each October. Winners in the national competition are ultimately selected for internships at international agricultural research institutes throughout the world. In the past few years, Ohio Youth Institute participants have obtained internships in Bangladesh, Taiwan, India, Kenya, and in the U.S.