AFA Student Leaders

Ready to take on a bigger role?

AFA student leaders play an integral part in nurturing relationships between AFA and college campuses, raising awareness of programs and planning AFA Leaders Conference and AFA Leader Institutes.

The Student Advisory Team helps plan and facilitate the AFA Leaders Conference and AFA Leader Institutes. Student Advisors influence the program environment and overall participant experience.

AFA Ambassadors represent AFA on college campuses around the country. They promote AFA opportunities, organize campus meetings and interact with industry professionals at various events on behalf of AFA.

Student Advisory Team

Become an AFA Student Advisor

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Comfortable with public speaking

  • Create inclusive environments and interactions

  • Work in teams, as well as independently

  • Time management skills

  • Interest in event and program management

  • Proactive mindset

  • Servant leadership

What’s in it for our Student Advisors?

You’ll receive real-world professional experience to set you up for success as a young professional and beyond. This is top-notch training you won’t get in your classrooms or internships. Plus, you’ll join a network of motivated peers to grow with into your careers.

  • Academic scholarship

  • Professional training in facilitation, public speaking, respect and inclusivity, and customer service (valued at over $1,800)

  • Tangible teamwork, event planning and leadership experience for your resume

  • Exclusive exposure to AFA partners and industry leaders through virtual and in-person events and meetings

  • Registration and travel expenses to AFA Leaders Conference

  • Travel and expenses paid to AFA meetings

  • LinkedIn badges after completion of trainings and at end of experience

Qualifications needed:

  • Undergraduate full-time student majoring in agriculture, food, natural resources or a related field who has a passion for agriculture, food, and natural resources (not graduating before Fall 2024)

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0

  • Must be between 17-25 years of age

  • Must have attended at least one Track of AFA Leaders Conference before applying for the Student Advisor position

  • Passionate about AFA’s mission and can represent the organization in a professional manner

  • Have submitted an application to the 2023 Leaders Conference by Sept. 6 (separate from Student Advisory Team application)

  • Valid U.S. driver's license

Interested in applying? See here for more details.


Applications close September 27, 2023

Questions? Reach out to

2024 Student Advisory Team
Shelby Basham
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Carras Callihan
University of Colorado
Alexis Camara
West Texas A&M University
Austin Flood
Oklahoma State University
Abby Kaelin
Pennsylvania State University
Olivia Kaltenbach
Pennsylvania State University
Elizabeth Lee
Western Illinois University
Macie McPeak
Oklahoma State University
Kelsey Swearinger
South Dakota State University
Katie Zimmer
University of Wisconsin - River Falls
2023-24 Ambassadors
Kaleb Jackson
Alabama A&M University
Jordan Gilles
Cornell University
RJ Brooks
Fort Valley State University
Abbie Krause
Iowa State University
Natalyn Killoren
Kansas State University
Megan Matherne
Louisiana State University
Savannah Scott
Middle Tennessee State University
Anslee Boyd
Mississippi State University
Peyton Gardner
North Carolina State University
Jashala Hoke
North Carolina A&T University
McKayla Carlson-Hughs
North Dakota State University
Trenton Jones
Northwest Missouri State University
Rachel Barrett
Ohio State Universtiy
Macie McPeak
Oklahoma State University
Abby Kaelin
Pennsylvania State University
Trinity Bluford
Prairie View A&M University
Eion Stephens
Purdue University
Elizabeth Lee
Western Illinois University
Kristen Smith
South Dakota State University
Shelby Basham
Southern Illinois University
Charlye Colley
Tuskegee University
Della Paloy
Washington State University
Bailey Herberger
University of Arkansas
Lana Guzman
University of Florida
Harrison Albright
University of Kentucky
Grace Tisone
University of Maryland
Callie Robinson
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Sarah Tyler
University of Tennessee, Martin
Abigail Johnson
University of Wyoming
Helene Keiser
West Texas A&M University
Whitney Foster
University of Idaho
Alex Escobar
California State University, Fresno
Rylee Schofield
University of Mount Olive
Jaraden Kearby
Texas Tech University
Ellie Paulsrud
Illinois State University
Adie Rang
Oregon State University
Sarai Sarinana
New Mexico State University
Katie Zimmer
University of Wisconsin, River Falls
Kaitlyn Held
Murray State University