Are you searching for a career that will make a difference in the world? Then you need to consider plant pathology. This is a mission-oriented profession using cutting-edge science to help feed the world, maintain plant health, and contribute to a healthy environment. Perhaps you've never heard of Plant Pathology. We are a low-profile but very high impact profession, and we need to attract the best undergraduate talent to meet the challenges of protecting plants from threats to their health. Find out what you can become, and how you can make a difference. There are many academic, government, and private sector internship and REU opportunities listed below.
The American Phytopathological Society (APS) is the principal professional association of university research, outreach, government, and industry plant pathologists, with over 5000 members worldwide. APS is a non-profit association whose mission includes being a leading provider of information on the science and practical management of plant diseases. APS is pleased to offer a 1-yr free membership in the society to any undergraduate participating in a recognized internship or REU program in plant pathology or plant protection through our Borlaug's Army initiative.
University of Arkansas, Adair/Bollenbacher Scholarship and Summer Internship, 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.
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).
Cornell University’s Division of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology offers an internship program we call the Summer Research Scholars Program. This Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is based at Cornell's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, a world-class research and outreach center focused on science relevant to the most critical issues facing agriculture today. Undergraduate students can participate in exciting research projects within the discipline of plant pathology and plant-microbe biology. Student interns work with faculty, graduate students, post-docs, and visiting scientists from all over the world on a variety of exciting laboratory- and field-based projects, and receive a stipend, housing, and travel assistance.
Cornell University offers a second internship program based on the university campus in Ithaca: a National Science Foundation funded REU called Microbial Friends and Foes. This program program provides training in the concepts and experimental approaches central to understanding microbial interactions with eukaryotic hosts in collaboration with faculty mentors. Common themes include the investigation of interspecific interactions, both mutualistic and antagonistic.
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.
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs at KSU provide hands-on independent summer internships in diverse laboratories within the Department of Plant Pathology. Stipends and accommodations are offered to eligible and motivated students, who are then matched with faculty mentors through various campus-wide programs. These include an NSF-funded 10-week summer internship program: the Summer Research for Undergraduate Experiences. KSU also operates two summer internship programs that target underrepresented groups: the Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (SUROP), and the College of Agriculture KSRE Multicultural Summer Fellow Program.
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 offers the Kelman Scholars Undergraduate Research Internship Program in Plant Pathology. The program honors the memory of Dr. Arthur Kelman—a preeminent plant pathologist and renowned teacher and mentor. The Kelman Scholars is a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) that offers a generous stipend (in Summer) and the opportunity to present research results in the NCSU Undergraduate Research Symposium. Applicants must be U.S. residents. While opportunities for Kelman Scholar research are available during Fall and Spring semesters, the primary internship program consists of a 10-week Summer research opportunity in NCSU Plant Pathology.
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.
The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at Penn State University has a number of internship opportunities for undergraduate students interested in plant pathology, mushroom production, agricultural biosecurity, environmental microbiology, microbiomes, phytobiomes, international agriculture, and other topics. Funding for summer scholars come from a variety of sources within the department and as part of the Penn State University Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP).
The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue University participates in three summer internship programs for undergraduate students who are interested in plant pathology, weed science or plant biology. These provide students with the opportunity to work full time in a research environment during the summer. More information about these REU programs and how to apply is available online.
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.
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.
Dow AgroSciences provides full-time Plant Pathology internships within our research and development group, with a focus on lab-based science and nonlab-based computer software and analytics. Students recruited for this REU( Research Experience for Undergraduates) work closely with senior scientists in an industrial setting. Practical experience in chemistry, operating lab equipment, and data management are desired, as well as good interpersonal, communication, organizational, teamwork and time management skills. Interns are encouraged to be creative and take initiative, and exercise discretionary decisions and independent action within guidelines established by their supervisor.
As the world’s leading purveyor of fresh berries, Driscoll’s takes great pride in cultivating a dynamic internship experience. We provide our interns with a comprehensive work experience by blending direct employee mentorship, job-shadowing, workshops and real-life projects. Our goal is for all of our interns to develop and refine their skills with real-work experience, as well as to provide each with opportunities for growth in our expanding fresh berry business. Internships are available during the Spring (March/April) and Summer (May/June) seasons and vary from a minimum of three months (12 weeks) to a maximum of six months (24 weeks). More information can be found online.
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 Lauren McGinty.