Kelly Fager

My Internship with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

Week 4- Brainstorming

on May 25, 2013

Hard to believe that I have now completed week 4 of my internship with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation! I have already learned so much in such a short time and looking forward to the coming weeks!

This week consisted primarily of meetings and brainstorming to start putting the finishing touches on the building layout. On Monday, the other interns and myself had the oppportunity to present to the Executive Council of Ohio Farm Bureau about our Disney trip, what is happening with building, and where we are going in the future with the building. The Council asked us several questions and provided valuable insight on what else they thought could be incorporated. We also had the opportunity to meet with an individual from Nationwide to hear her exact plans for their booth space this year. As well we met with an individual to talk about an energy display that we will design and build. We had lunch with three communication staff members to get to know them better and find out how they help us with the Ohio State Fair public relations and promotion. This week’s meetings were very valuable and provided all of the interns with a clearer picture of where we are going.

Brainstorming…Brainstorming…Brainstorming! The past couple of weeks has been just that. We have made definite progress and have a rough outline of the building set-up completed. This week we actually came up with an idea of how to incorporate the entire building into the look of the new food guide pyramid. This idea we will be presenting to our two bosses and a few other staff members to see if this is a direction they are willing to go to brand the building. We are very excited and hoping that this will be a success. During our brainstorming sessions, we all were able to make further contact with exhibitors in our sections to hear more about what their intention is currently and what they need from Farm Bureau. I definitely have made connections and now have future contacts with them.

We also did phone interviews with potential ambassadors. We had 28 interviews with this coming week for any extras who will be applying. These interviews lasted 10-15 minutes and were professional in regards to questions and discussion.

This internship has definitely allowed me to critically think and design an exhibit from scratch. It has been a great opportunity thus far and is something that many internships don’t necessarily offer. I have gotten to know so many people both inside and outside the organization. I have made friends for life with the other two interns and so glad that we are a very close team.

Next week we will be finalizing the building plan by going out to sketch it in the building and then putting it on a computer program. We have more meetings to attend and will be presenting our food guide pyramid look for the building to a few individuals. We also will be making final decisions on ambassadors and beginning to draft emails to send out. Will be a busy and productive upcoming week!

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