2020 On-Farm Internships
The Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association and Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania offer $3,000 grants for farms and students to participate in a 10-12 week on-farm internship program, intended to provide on-farm learning experiences to the next generation of dairy managers in Pennsylvania.
To qualify for the internship:
- Farms: may be located within or outside of Pennsylvania, but producers must agree to provide the intern with exposure to all aspects of a successful, progressive dairy operation. Read more about Farm Expectations.
- Students: must attend a Pennsylvania university, a Pennsylvania resident attending an out-of-state school or a recently-graduated Pennsylvania resident with an interest in dairy production. Preference is given to upperclassmen undergraduates. Read more about Student Expectations.
To access the applications, click on the links below.
- Student Applicants: October 31, 2019
- Farm Applicants: December 31, 2019
Dairy Excellence Foundation
Any questions should be referred to Brittany at 717-346-0849.
Congratulations to our 2019 On-Farm Interns for a successful summer experience! Check out how this internship impacted their career goals:
This internship has been a great opportunity for me. I’ve gotten to learn a lot about herd health, which is really what I want to do. They have been really good teachers—they’ll show me how to do something, but then let me do it [myself]. It’s exciting and it has been nice to get experience on a larger farm.
I learned a lot about what happens on a dairy farm on a day-to-day basis and all the great people who make it happen. My host farm was really nice and patient with me. I know so much more than I did in the beginning of the internship, but I still don’t know nearly as much as them. They never got frustrated with me. If I felt uncomfortable doing something, they took the time to explain it.
I thought I knew cows; but before this, I was in the little leagues. Now I’m in the major leagues. This internship, along with my host farm and mentor, have helped me have a new look on dairy. This internship gives a real-time view of the operations; it’s unique and hands-on. It takes you to the heart of the Pennsylvania dairy industry.