Peter Cohen, agricultural communications senior at Oklahoma State University, recently joined Oklahoma Farm Bureau as the 2015 communications summer intern.
His drive to learn more about today’s agricultural sector, and desire to gain skills needed to translate that knowledge to others motivated him to pursue the internship, Cohen said.
“Though I don’t come from a farming background, I have been around agriculture a fair amount throughout my life,” Cohen said. “Experiencing both lifestyles has illustrated the lack of understanding rural and urban Americans have of each other. I would like to help fix that.”
Growing up living in many different places through his father’s career in the military, Cohen experienced numerous cultures in the United States and abroad. His first involvement in agriculture came when his family finally settled down in Claremore, Okla.
“When I got to Claremore, many of my new friends were involved in FFA,” Cohen said. “I wanted to fit in so I joined, too.”
Building relationships through FFA led him to study agricultural communications, Cohen said.
The OKFB communications internship covers all aspects of the profession. Each participant receives the opportunity to develop skills in writing, graphic design, radio broadcasting, photography and videography.
“The agriculture industry is constantly changing, and because of this people need to be informed,” Cohen said. “I hope to learn what it takes to do just that here at Farm Bureau.”