We are seeking highly-motivated undergraduate students from a variety of different backgrounds, with a strong interest in sustainable agriculture, to participate in a unique 8-week summer internship program. Interns will learn about the concepts and practices of various aspects of sustainable agriculture from expert faculty and staff at CEFS and through hands-on farm work, lectures and discussions, community engagement, and field trips to local farms and markets. In addition, a highlight of this program is that interns will gain hands-on sustainable agriculture research knowledge through working with CEFS Faculty Mentors.
The Summer Internship Program will run from June 2 July 25, 2014 at the CEFS research farm in Goldsboro, NC. Interns are expected to be present and engaged in all internship activities five days a week (Monday through Friday, although there may be occasional weekend work) and there will be at least one mandatory weekend field trip.
*** Farm Work Experience ***
Students will engage in hands-on agricultural research led by CEFS Faculty Mentors. During the eight-week Internship Program, students will engage in three different research projects (each lasting two weeks) working with Faculty Mentors from NCSU and NC A&T. For project, students will work in small groups under their Mentor's supervision in a hands-on experiential learning environment and structured research project whereby interns collect and analyze data. Faculty Mentors will be guiding students through these projects and will be available for questions and data analysis interpretation. At the conclusion of the eight week program, interns will be divided into groups. Each group will be assigned to present a PowerPoint presentation giving an overview of one of the projects as well as final results and recommendations. A written group paper will also be due the final week.
*** Research Experience ***
Interns will work in groups with CEFS Faculty Mentors from either North Carolina State University (NCSU) or North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University (NCA&T SU) to participate in three hands-on research experiences. Research projects will focus various aspects of sustainable agriculture. Interns will work under their Mentor's supervision in a hands-on experiential learning environment and structured research project whereby interns observe, collect and analyze data. Upon completion of the internship, each group will present a paper and PowerPoint presentation on their research experience.
*** Lectures and Discussions ***
Two days a week, leading faculty experts in sustainable agriculture research from NCSU and NCA&T SU will present a lecture and discussion on various sustainable agriculture topics. In some instances, following the lecture faculty will lead an afternoon laboratory, field activity or farm visit related to lecture topics.
*** Community Engagement ***
The CEFS Sustainable Agriculture Internship Program is unique in that it also addresses social aspects of sustainable agriculture. Interns will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the history and context of agriculture in the south through engagement with the local community in Goldsboro, NC. The schedule includes weekly activities with gardeners, farmers, youth, civic organizations, and activists working to continue to build the local food system in Wayne County.
CEFS develops and promotes food and farming systems that protect the environment, strengthen local communities and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.