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Penn State Extension Dauphin County Summer “Agricultural Innovation” Internship

Posted: March 18, 2016

This paid summer internship will run from May 31 through Aug 5 (10 weeks) for 40 hours per week at $10.50 per hour.

This unique opportunity with Dauphin County will provide a student intern an opportunity to work with producers, use your interests in entrepreneurship and food science, and be part of a product development team, in support of a pilot project to reduce wasted production by adding value to “seconds” by creating dried food products.

Responsibilities may include:
1. Interviewing pilot project farmers to determine type and quantity of “excess production” available for adding value through drying.
2. Researching potential for drying specific agricultural commodities, determining availability of appropriate facility/equipment, and assessing marketability of the finished dried product.
3. Once dried value-added products are identified, assisting pilot project farmers in developing a basic business plan, including enterprise budget information and marketing strategies.
4. Developing a capstone report, aggregating “lessons learned” through farmer interactions and assistance.

We are seeking enthusiastic undergraduate students from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences with interests in a project for farmers learning of opportunities to add value in making consumer-ready products from their production “seconds” (ugly, tomatoes are turned into salsa, etc.!). The selected student will have interests in entrepreneurship, food science, food safety, or new food product development. This intern will be part of a team, and must function in a manner that maintains a spirit of corporation and enthusiasm with other staff, management and clients.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. The selected intern will have the opportunity to work in multiple locations across the state throughout the summer.

Individuals interested in applying should send their resume to Winifred W. McGee, wwm1@psu.edu by March 31, 2016. For additional information, please visit http://extension.psu.edu/dauphin or call, 717-921-8803.

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