About Us

The Ohio Program Staff

Mr. Mervin Smith

Start From Agriculture

The Ohio State University (OSU) and College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) got its start in 1870, when the Ohio General Assembly established the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College. The new college was made possible through provisions of the Morrill Act, signed by President Lincoln on July 2, 1862. This legislation revolutionized the nation’s approach to higher education, bringing a college degree within reach of all high school graduates.

The Ohio Program

The Ohio Program (TOP) is an international exchange program of CFAES and OSU, managing by International Programs in Agriculture (IPA). TOP specializes in internships in Horticulture, Agriculture and Turf Grass. It was founded by Michael Chrisman in 1979, with guidance from Dr. Mervin G. Smith, former chairman of Department of Agricultural Econimics and Rural Sociology and Director of IPA.

With the support from IPA, TOP promotes global opportunities for interns/trainees from more than 50 countries to obtain practical training in the U.S. Also, TOP provides opportunities for American students to find internships in Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Australia, France, and Denmark. 

The Ohio Program strives to provide the best opportunities for on-the-job training for specially selected agricultural and horticultural students and practitioners. The goal is to promote the general interest of international exchange and to disseminate modern concepts of agribusiness.

Bring The Green World Together

After years of development, TOP has set up long-term cooperation with hundreds of companies in the agricultural and horticultural industry within the US. These host companies support TOP and provide the best possible placements for interns.

TOP provides 425 internships per year and always strives to provide a genuine international experience to our participants.


Mike and Michael visiting internsYou will find TOP program co-ordinators dedicated to your success. They work hard to develope and maintain good host companies. They select applicants very carefully, and they always expect the best from from participants.

All staff are former participants of The Ohio Program!


Our program co-ordinators have experience in agrimachinery, livestock farming, horticulture or turf grass. We thoughly  evaluate all the interns and trainees.