On-Farm Internships

The Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association and Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania offer 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 2016 Program Year are now available and must be completed and submitted by January 18, 2016, 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.

2016 On-Farm Internship Program Student Application

2016 On-Farm Internship Program Farm Application

All applications (both farm and student) must be completed and submitted to Melissa Anderson at the Center for Dairy Excellence by January 18, 2016, to be considered. Applications can be submitted to Melissa by mail: 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, Pa. 17110; by email: manderson@centerfordairyexcellence.org; or by fax: 717-705-2342. Any questions should be referred to Melissa at 717-346-0849.


Ben Luksic, PSU Junior in Animal Science Interned at Evergreen Dairy in Spruce Creek, Huntingdon County

“Not only did I have a fantastic herd manager who taught me a lot about cows and dairy management, but he taught me a lot about myself and other people. It was such an incredible opportunity to see how successful people in my field relate to others and make things happen.”