Whitney Lynch is currently a student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign majoring in Agricultural Communications (News Editorial Focus) and minoring in International Studies. After graduating next May, she plans to attend law school and pursue a career in agricultural and environmental policy.
She also has a large interest in global agriculture, as she has traveled to Brazil and Africa to study the environmental and agriculture systems there. Her reports of both trips are included on this site! In Brazil, she conducted soil testing on an organic coffee bean farm. Her trip to Sierra Leone included backpacking the western coast interviewing farmers and villagers to evaluate USAID and WorldVision’s programs to help them manage their village funds. These trips abroad have driven Whitney’s passion for global agriculture and “looking at the bigger picture.”
At the University of Illinois, she serves as President of her sorority, 4-H House, and is also active in many other campus organizations. She serves as Governmental Affairs Representative of Collegiate Farm Bureau, Reporter of Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, and a member of the Order of Omega Society. While not doing school and RSO work, she enjoys hiking, running, instructing yoga classes, writing, riding horses, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Her past internships include the Illinois 4-H Foundation, Illinois Extension, Illinois Corn Marketing Board, The Illinois Odyssey, and more. Please see her resume for details! The previous summer, she worked at the U.S. House of Representatives in the office of Congressman George Holding from North Carolina. She very much enjoyed her time in the heart of policy, as you can read in her post about it.