DPI offers different internships ranging from lab technicians to communications and beyond. As this new year gets underway, we would like to introduce you to our newest intern at DPI. Meet Olivia Doyle, a communications intern in the technical assistance (TA) office at the Division of Plant Industry (DPI).
Olivia is a junior studying at the University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (UF CALS), majoring in agricultural education and communication (AEC) with a minor in leadership.
Olivia was first introduced to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry through a student summer program called the Florida Youth Institute (FYI) hosted by UF CALS. Olivia participated in FYI as a student while attending DeLand High School. Last summer, she served as an FYI counselor and was reintroduced to DPI. Through a series of emails, phone calls, introductions, and interviews, Olivia began her internship in the TA office in November 2018.
Olivia’s main responsibilities during her internship are creating and managing the Florida State Collection of Arthropods website, developing and updating organizational charts for the division, creating social media content through blog posts, infographics, and co-producing the DPI podcast, Plant Industry News.
Olivia hails from DeLand, Florida. Having no background or any prior experience in the agriculture industry, Olivia decided to enroll in an agriculture class as an elective early in her high school career. Through her agriculture course, she was introduced to the National FFA Organization and became heavily involved in her local chapter. Her time in this student group introduced her to the agricultural communications field, as she developed an interest for the agricultural industry and decided to pursue her passion through an AEC major at UF CALS.
When asked why she thinks it is important for students her age to complete an internship, Olivia said, “After graduation there aren’t as many opportunities. It also provides time to figure out what you like and don’t like. It also develops your skills and makes you more marketable when you do graduate and look for a job.”
Olivia still has a year of school left, but she is already thinking about her future. Olivia shared her hopes to narrow down her interests while working for DPI, then find a job in the agricultural communication field somewhere in Florida. She also shared that through her FYI experience, Olivia developed more of a passion for agriculture advocacy that she’d like to be able to use in her future career. “High school and college are the times in your life to take advantage of all of the opportunities offered to you, finding your niche is a lot of trial and error, and I am thankful for the learning opportunities I have taken advantage of because they have not only allowed me to develop my passions, but helped me get my foot in the door for a future career.”