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.

Applications for the 2019 Program Year are now available and must be completed and submitted by November 30, 2018, to be considered.

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.

Stephanie Takitch of Latrobe, PA interned on the Zugstead Farm of Mifflintown, PA during the summer of 2018. This On-Farm Internship program pairs students with farms for a hands-on, beyond-the-books experience.

“I thought I knew cows; but before this, I was in the little leagues. Now I’m in the major leagues,” Stephanie said. “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.”