Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2019-20


Jennifer DeRosa

Cornell Affiliations:

Agriculture and Life Sciences


Opportunity Description

AFA Leader Institutes provide specialized information and interaction with a specific sector of the industry. Students are selected for each experience through a competitive application process. An Institute provides both professional development training and direct exposure to professionals and key environments and organizations within the given sector. CurrentlyAFA offers five Institute experiences. In the next few years, the AFA Leader Institute series will continueexpand to allow students to explore other sectors and geographic regions.  

If you are selected to attend an Institute, all of your hotel, meals and program costs are covered by AFA. The only thing you are financially responsible for is travel. Have travel questions or need tips before you apply? Get more information on our website.

  • The AFA Food Institute in Chicago explores careers within the food industry. (January 27-29, 2019)
  • The AFA Technology Institute follows the commodity classic and focuses on the agriculture technology sector. (Feb. 28 - March 2, 2019)
  • The AFA Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., is held in conjunction with National Ag Day and focuses on the policy process. (March 2019)
  • The AFA Animal Institute in Kansas City allows students to experience the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor. (April 7-8, 2019)
  • The AFA Crop Science Institute which is held in rotation locations allows students to experience the breadth of the crop science industry. (July 21 - 23, 2019)