(04/22/22) BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU AgCenter ASPIRE program is offering a 10-week paid summer internship program for college students. The deadline to apply is May 5, and the application is at LSUAgCenter.com/ASPIRE.
ASPIRE engages undergraduates in agricultural-related internships in research, extension, and teaching, with mentorship from faculty in the AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture.
“These internships help students explore career paths in agriculture in an interactive and hands-on format,” said Christina Zito Hebert, college and career readiness specialist with 4-H Youth Development.
The goals of the program include:
— Opportunities for undergraduates to develop their knowledge and skills in agricultural research and outreach.
— Expand the diversity of the talent pool in the agricultural workforce.
Students from all ethnicities and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Placement is open to everyone, and the program prioritizes recruiting and mentoring underrepresented and disadvantaged students.
The internships focus on six Farm Bill priority areas:
— Plant health and production and plant products.
— Animal health and production and animal products.
— Food safety, nutrition and health.
— Bioenergy, natural resources and environment.
— Agriculture systems and technology.
— Agriculture economics and rural communities.
The program is funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, and partner institutions include LSU Alexandria, LSU Eunice, Southern University, Delta Community College and Baton Rouge Community College.
Students should submit a completed application, resume, cover letter, transcript and two letters of recommendation (at least one from a current or former professor) by May 5, 2022. Any questions can be directed to ASPIRE@agcenter.lsu.edu.
For more information, visit LSUAgCenter.com/ASPIRE.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture