Farms and students interested in participating in the 2016 Dairy Partners On-Farm Internship Program must apply by January 18. The Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania, along with Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, offers the internship 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 Program provides students with the hands-on experience to prepare them for future careers in dairy production and the allied industry,” said Heidi Zimmerman, dairy resource coordinator with the Center for Dairy Excellence. “It is a tremendous learning opportunity for the students and can be equally rewarding to the farms that participate.”

Scholarships of $2,000 are available to supplement compensation for students to participate in on-farm internships. Interested farms and students must 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.