The deadline is approaching for students and farms interested in participating in the On-Farm Internship Program. The Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania, along with Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, offer this program to give students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with a host farm who is committed to mentoring and teaching the next generation.

“The On-Farm Internship has been a transforming experience in the lives of those young people who have participated in this program, and we are passionate about creating opportunities to develop the next generation of the dairy industry for the future,” said Heidi Zimmerman, dairy resource coordinator for the Center for Dairy Excellence. “Few industry experiences match this opportunity to learn dairy management best practices outside of the home farm.”

Scholarships of $2,000 are available to students to participate in on-farm internships. Interested farms and students are required to apply for the program. The program offsets the cost of the 10-12 week internship, providing farms with highly skilled interns interested in dairy production and offering the students an internship competitive with those offered by allied industries.

Applications are due to the center by January 18. Those accepted will be notified of next steps for involvement in the program in February.