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.

2020 On-Farm Internship Program Student Application

2020 On-Farm Internship Program Farm Application

Due Dates:

  • Student Applicants: October 31, 2019
  • Farm Applicants: December 31, 2019

Brittany Haag
Dairy Excellence Foundation
Email: bhaag@centerfordairyexcellence.org

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:

To me, this internship is all about experience. It is helping me to realize where I want to go in the dairy industry. I have been given a boost of confidence that I can do anything if I set my mind to it, all while being in a family-oriented atmosphere.


Sometimes it's hard to believe I have only been here for 8 weeks because I have learned an incredible amount in such a short time. Learning with your hands is a valuable experience, which adds more knowledge to the toolbox. As someone who was locked into school learning, it's great to come out here and get your hands dirty.


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.

Stephanie Takitch of Latrobe, PA - Interned on the Zugstead Farm of Mifflintown, PA during the summer of 2018