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 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

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. Read more about Student Expectations.

To access the applications, click on the links below.

2019 On-Farm Internship Program Student Application

2019 On-Farm Internship Program Farm Application

All applications (both farm and student) must be completed by November 30, 2018 and submitted to:

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

Any questions should be referred to Brittany at 717-346-0849.