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 the 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 specializing in internships of Horticulture, Agriculture and Turf Grass. It was started by Michael Chrisman in 1979, with the guidance from Dr. Mervin G. Smith, former chairman of Department of Agricultural Econimics and Rural Sociology.

With the support from IPA promote global opportunities for interns/trainees from more than 50 countries to learn in the U.S., and even help American students to find internship in Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Australia, France, and Denmark. 

The Ohio Program strive 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 to disseminate modern concepts of agribusiness.

Bring The Green World Together

After years of development, TOP have setted up long-term cooperation with hundreds of companies in agricultural and horticultural industry in the US. With these host companies' support and help, TOP can provide the best possible placements for interns to be well trained, and earn the most treasurable life experiences in the US.

With average 300~400 new interns from over 50 countries join the program annually, such diversity prove that TOP always strive to provide a genuine international experience to our participants.


Mike and Michael visiting internsYou will find TOP program co-ordinators dedicate to your success. They work hard on developing and maintaining good host companies. They select applicants very carefully, and they always expect a lot from the young generation.

You know why? Because they are all former participants of The Ohio Program!

Our program co-ordinators have experiences in agrimachinery, livestock farm, horticulture or turf grass, so they definitely have the authority to evaluate all the applicants and interns/trainees.