Posted: January 30, 2019

Looking for local summer job, interested in on-farm experience, and curious about research? Summer 2019 paid internships available.

Three paid summer internships for undergraduates in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Flexible, 12- to 14-week appointments, for 32 hours/week, mid-May thru August, at $12/hour. Interns complete specific projects and daily departmental assignments. Interns will work closely with professional staff experiencing firsthand day-to-day operation of the Research Center.

  • Supporting research: collect data, work with research teams and shadow graduate researchers in the field.
  • Experiencing best practices for production management and crop trials: assist in planning, planting, cultivating, harvesting, etc.
  • Training to safely operate and perform preventive maintenance on agricultural research equipment.

Apply at, and in your cover letter indicate 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice(s) for primary location assignment and why. Primary locations include:

  • Agronomy Farm: The college's largest field research facility covers more than 600 acres and houses up to 60 research projects annually, including forage and grain crop variety trials and studies examining soil fertility and conservation, water quality, crop rotations, tillage methods, and other topics. This farm also houses much of the college's expanding organic research.
  • Entomology Farm: Much of the research on the entomology farm centers on testing new pest management strategies and studying insect ecology in field conditions. Scientists here have developed pest prediction and monitoring systems, such as PestWatch, which helps growers know when to expect and treat for a damaging infestation - often reducing the need for pesticides.
  • Plant Pathology Farm: Scientists here select and breed crops that resist bacterial, fungal, and viral diseases. Plant pathologists also develop management strategies to reduce or prevent crop losses due to disease while minimizing the use of fungicides. On this farm, researchers have developed web-based disease-forecasting systems that use weather data to predict plant-disease outbreaks, so growers can treat crops only when disease is likely.
  • Horticulture Farm: The Hort Farm features crops ranging from tomatoes to tubers, including 12 acres of fruit trees and small fruits. Research here looks at such topics as crop varieties and their productivity under Pennsylvania conditions, use of "plasticulture" (plastic mulches and greenhouse-like high tunnels) to grow fruit and vegetables, and orchard systems that maximize yield and efficiency.
  • Ag Progress Days: APD, Pennsylvania's largest outdoor agricultural exposition, attracts as many as 50,000 visitors each year during three days in August. The site encompasses more than 80 acres for crops and machinery demonstrations and a 55-acre exhibit field. Attractions include nearly 500 commercial and educational exhibitors, information on the latest research and technology, educational displays and programs, guided tours and more.
  • Pasto Agricultural Museum: Exhibits and programming connect the science and history of our agricultural past to the present day. Engaging 10,000 visitors each year, the museum collection features tools and technology from early agricultural and rural life and programming features present day researchers and their work.

Credit options for the Fall 2019 term could be considered at the discretion of the student's academic unit.
Interns are encouraged to keep a journal to capture their experience and serve as a reflective tool. Interns will work across units at the research site and participate in additional educational experiences (including but not limited to, staff orientation, Fields Days, Training, PA Timber Show, Ag Progress Days).
Candidates must have transportation to/from the Rock Spring facility 9 miles southwest of University Park campus. This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid driver's license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks/clearances.
Apply now for Research Support Intern:
Deadline for first review of applications: February 18, 2019.
Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.