Paid Internship, Research and/or Extension Experience for Undergraduates


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Building Ecological Skillsets for Transitions to Sustainability in Agriculture and Food Systems (BEST)
Paid Undergraduate Experiential Education Fellowships

  • We pay you to learn ($16/hr) – you do not need to be a Prescott College student
  • Develop skills in systems thinking, social networking, and policy brief preparation
  • Propose actions that transform food systems for organizations you care about
  • Spend your 2022 Spring or Summer on a paid internship (earn up to $11,500)

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis but due no later than
December 15, 2021 (Spring Internship) and February 15, 2022 (Summer).

For questions, email [email protected], and learn more, below!

As part of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Research and Extension Experiential Learning Fellowships for Undergraduates program (grant no. 2021-68018-34620) we are looking for six undergraduates interested in the fields of food systems, environmental and interdisciplinary studies and who want to apply systems thinking to: understand ecological services delivery; natural resources management in agricultural landscapes; and policy analysis and planning.).

Many jobs of the future can help transform agricultural systems to ones based on ecosystem services, soil health and regenerative rural economies. Students with skillsets in ecological services delivery and policy analysis can assist communities to make transitions to more ecological food and farming systems. The BEST Experiential Education fellows are embedded with organizations in their own communities or with researchers, building fellows’ networks. BEST students will develop skills in systems thinking, social networking, and policy brief preparation with their mentors resulting in specific opportunities to propose actions that can transform food systems.

Click here to learn more about fellowship eligibility and other details about placements (FAQs).

Click here to watch a webinar about the fellowship opportunity..

*To be eligible for the fellowship, one needs to be registered at a degree-granting institution at least half-time when they receive the BEST fellowship (Spring training begins January 11, 2022) with internships to follow; training begins March 15, 2022 for Summer internships).