agricultural economics internships
Center for Dairy Excellence
The Center for Dairy Excellence (CDE) is a resource center that provides the dairy industry with leading edge research, educational programs, and communication services. CDE was established with support from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The objective of CDE is to develop new technologies and processes that will improve efficiency in producing dairy products while reducing costs to producers.
The Center seeks undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in agricultural economics or related fields who are interested in working on exciting projects that can lead to patents or publications. Students must be able to meet specific deadlines during their internship term due to tight timeframes required by sponsors/partners in order for projects to be completed within funding cycles provided by USDA agencies such as National Institute of Food & Agriculture or other governmental agencies such as United States Department Of Defense (DoD). This program is open only for those currently enrolled as undergraduates at four-year colleges or universities located within 50 miles from Madison, WI
To apply please send your resume’ along with a cover letter explaining why you would like this opportunity, along with three references including name/phone number/email address which will remain confidential until notified otherwise via email from us no later than May 1st 2016
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service (USDA ERS) is a research organization that focuses on agricultural, food, and natural resources economics. The department provides economic analysis, data and policy-related information to encourage informed decision-making by consumers, producers and policymakers at the national level and in every state across America.
The USDA ERS is a part of the United States Department of Agriculture; it was created in 1923 as an agency whose mission would be “to increase knowledge about production agriculture,” with its first headquarters located in Washington D.C., which still serves as the main office today but has since expanded into several other locations nationwide including New Orleans Louisiana; Raleigh North Carolina; Beltsville Maryland; Chicago Illinois; San Francisco California; Lincoln Nebraska.; Ames Iowa.; Phoenix Arizona.; Shawnee Kansas.; Manhattan Kansas.; Lubbock Texas..
If you’re interested in the real estate industry, NAREIT is a great place to get an internship. It’s the national association of real estate investment trusts (REITs), which means they are a trade association. NAREIT’s mission statement says that it “is dedicated to advancing the interests of its members and the value of their investments through education, communication and advocacy.”
NAREIT has over 1,000 member REITs that own more than $1 trillion in commercial real estate assets. The association was founded in 1972 by William F. Brownell Jr., a former chairman of Stone & Webster Incorporated (now part of AECOM).
NAREIT has three main areas: membership services; education & research; advocacy & public policy solutions
National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives is an association of farmer cooperatives, which are businesses that are owned by their members and provide them with services like purchasing and marketing. This organization is a great place to start looking for internships because it works with so many different types of businesses, including aerospace companies and insurance providers. The NCFC has also previously worked with interns in the past, so they’re likely to have a positive view on interns.
The NCFC’s headquarters are located in Washington DC, making it easy for you to visit or meet up with people when needed.
Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service is an agency of the USDA that provides technical and financial assistance to landowners and others involved in natural resource conservation. The main goal of the NRCS is to help farmers, ranchers, forest owners, and other agricultural producers increase their productivity while maintaining healthy ecosystems.
The internship will provide hands-on experience in a variety of areas within the NRCS. You’ll be able to hone your skills in scientific research, data collection and analysis, communications strategies for agricultural outreach programs (including social media), working with community groups on developing conservation initiatives related to local food systems or sustainability initiatives for small-scale farms/ranches…and much more!
This internship is open only during winter break from January 3 through March 31 each year; however there are other opportunities available throughout the year depending on program needs and availability at time of application—check out www.nrcs.usda.gov/careers for details!
U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry is located in Washington, DC and offers an internship for summer 2019. This internship is open to juniors and seniors interested in research and analysis of legislative issues and policy proposals related to agricultural commodities, trade, rural development, nutrition programs and food labeling policies.
The deadline for applications is February 1 2019
U.S Department of Agriculture
- Internships in the Washington, DC area:
Internships are available at various USDA agencies. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year and internships can be paid or unpaid depending on the program.
Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute
- Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) is a national think-tank for agricultural economics. It has been around for a long time and has a good reputation among economists. Interns at FAPRI get hands on training in research, policy, and economics. They also get to work closely with professors and other experts.
- The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is another organization that offers internships in agricultural economics; however, this isn’t as well-known or prestigious as FAPRI’s program.
There are a number of great options for agricultural economics internships
- American Farm Bureau Federation
- Colorado State University
- University of Idaho
- Iowa State University
- North Dakota State University
- Oregon State University