A wealth of internship opportunities and research experiences are available for students considering degrees in plant pathology. Opportunities in academia, government and private sector and listed below.
University of Arkansas, C. Roy Adair Undergraduate Research Internship Program, provides the opportunity for undergraduates to conduct their own research project under the guidance of faculty in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Arkansas.
Cornell University’s Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology in Geneva, New York, offers a Summer Research Scholars Program where undergraduate students can participate in exciting research projects within the discipline of plant pathology and plant-microbe biology. The student interns will have the opportunity to work with faculty, their graduate students, post-docs, and staff on research projects that can be laboratory- or field-based.
The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Young Scholars Internship Program targets talented high school students who show a high aptitude in math- and science-related subjects. Selected summer interns work side-by-side with CAES researchers for six weeks, and are paid a salary for up to 40 hours of work per week.
The Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences (UCARE) Program at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, funded by the Pepsi Endowment, supports opportunities for undergraduates to work alongside faculty members and directly participate in the campus's research or creative activities. Undergraduates may apply for UCARE awards to incorporate a research or creative experience into their undergraduate education. The awards provide funds for the students’ salaries, expenses and supplies. The Plant Pathology Department participates in the UCARE program.
North Carolina State University, Kelman Scholars Program,offers both a summer research internship and research internships during the academic year to undergraduate students interested in the biological sciences. NC State also offers an NSF funded Global Plant Health Summer Internship Program in Costa Rica. Funded study abroad opportunities are also available.
The Summer Research Internship in Plant Pathology (SRIPP) program offers paid internships to undergraduates in Ohio State's Department of Plant Pathology on the Columbus and Wooster campuses. The OARDC Research Internship Program (ORIP), based in Wooster only, is open to undergraduates and high school students. Interns work in faculty research programs for a typical duration of 10 weeks.
Purdue University's Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Program offers eight-week internships in plant biology, plant pathology, or weed science. Students gain experience in conducting research on special projects.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management internship program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service.
The Plant Genome Research Program at Boyce Thompson Institute and Cornell University will provide a 10-week internship for 12 undergraduates, and select local high school students to also participate in a similar internship program for six to eight weeks. For both undergraduate and high school students, the internship program involves students in laboratory-based Plant Genome Research Projects (PGRP).
Undergraduate students from universities across the nation are paired with Donald Danforth Plant Science Center scientists and participate in a diverse set of research areas for an 11-week internship experience.
The R&D Summer Intern Program at Dow AgroSciences providees several interships in chemistry, biology and computer science related disciplines, including (but not limited to) biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, plant breeding, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, surface chemistry, engineering (chemical, biological, material, or optical) and informatics (bio and chem). All R&D lab-based internships are located at Dow's global headquarters in Indianapolis, IN and field internships are located at any one of 15+ field/breeding stations located throughout the US.
DuPont Pioneer offers a yearly plant pathology internship as an integral part of the Field Pathology & Plant Diagnostic Laboratory Teams. The intern receives hands-on training in the area of plant disease diagnosis, diagnostic test development, and disease screening of hybrid maize. Position duration is mid May/early June thru December. Postings are updated yearly, visit the DuPont Pioneer career area for most current opportunities.
If you are aware of other plant pathology internship programs that should be included in this listing, please send your information to Michelle Bjerkness.