Penn State Ag Ed Senior Selected as National FFA Intern for 2011 FFA Convention

Posted: September 29, 2011

Kristie Folk, a senior at The Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Agricultural and Extension Education was selected from a nationwide search to serve as an intern at the 2011 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. As part of the Collegiate FFA Promotions and Event Management Team, Kristie will work behind the scenes at National Convention gaining valuable, but challenging, hands-on experiences.

The National FFA Convention is one of the largest annual student conventions in the country and held each October with nearly 55,000 FFA members and guests from across the country in attendance. Members participate in general sessions, competitive events, educational tours, leadership workshops, a career show and expo, volunteer activities and much more.  Collegiate FFA Promotions and Event Management Team interns are responsible for a variety of events during the Convention. Interns will be assisting with Collegiate FFA events including the New Century Farmer Alumni event and the Collegiate Career Expo. In addition, interns will be responsible for promotion of Collegiate FFA programs as well as Collegiate FFA sponsors. They will also assist in the Career Show, Hilton Hangout, Rock Bottom Networking event and the Amazing Race: Indy Style.

Kristie is excited to take on the challenge of managing time and working behind the scenes to make sure this aspect of National Convention runs smoothly. She enjoys working with individuals and promoting all aspects of National FFA including Collegiate FFA, National Convention and the opportunities available to students from FFA.  “The week will be challenging; however, the week will be full of life and passion for agriculture. Seeing 55,000 blue jackets encompass the city of Indianapolis is inspiring and reminds me why I loved my FFA jacket. I look forward to working behind the scenes at the 84th National FFA Convention to make sure events run smoothly. More importantly, I look forward to spending the week in Indy and seeing those blue corduroy jackets; the same jackets that inspired me six years ago to pursue a career in Agricultural Education.” 

Kristie is a member of Penn State’s Collegiate FFA Chapter and also a member of Penn State’s Alpha Tau Alpha, an honorary agricultural education society. She will be completing her student teaching internship in the spring of 2012 with PSU Alumnus Mrs. Cristen Black at United High School. 

For more information about joining the Penn State Agricultural Education Team, please contact Daniel Foster.

Daniel Foster, Student Teacher Coordinator

For more information about Collegiate Program interns, please contact Derek Mulhern.

Derek Mulhern
National FFA Organization