Other short-term international programs of possible interest to CASNR students include internships, service learning programs and summer field work opportunities. Students are encouraged to talk to their advisor or the CASNR Study Abroad Coordinator about such possibilities.

 

  1. General internships are possible through the Programs Abroad Office and any student interested should contact the office.

  2. Internships more specifically oriented to agriculture and/or economic development are also available through the following outside organizations:

    • Communicating for Agricultural Education Programs(CAEP — is a volunteer organization that does service work in developing countries, particularly Latin America. CAEP’s focus is primarily education.

    • Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals— is a competitive linkage program with Germany and provides a full-year scholarship including airfare, tuition and language training, living stipend, in-country travel, and health insurance. Students will spend one semester studying at a German University and a five-month internship in a German work environment and will have living accommodations in a German home or student residence.

    • Foreign Agricultural Service/USDA — is a highly competitive semester-long program for seniors or recent graduates. Majors in business or agricultural sciences are accepted, and foreign language proficiency is required.

    • Pasteur Foundation Internships — is a highly competitive summer program for bioscience or biomedical research at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. Students must have completed 3 years of college work by the time the internship begins, and knowledge of French is strongly advisable. Students are provided a $400 weekly living allowance and a $500 travel allowance. Students must find their own housing and be otherwise self-sufficient.

    • United Nations — internships are highly competitive and are available in many countries through UN organizations and affiliate organizations.

    • USAID — internships with the Africa Bureau in either Washington, D.C. or in various locations in Africa. Depending on location, French, Spanish or Portuguese language is required for African assignments. Housing, a small monthly stipend and in-country travel is covered for African posts, while Washington, D.C. internships are unpaid.

    • U.S. State Department Internships — provide students with summer internships in many locations around the world as well as Washington, D.C. Internships are generally unpaid and no-cost housing is often arranged for global locations. Programs are broad in scope and not specific to agriculture or natural resources, and are great resume builders if students are interested in Foreign Service or international development.

    • Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute — offers internships and apprenticeships in agroforestry, agro-ecology and permaculture. These unpaid internships do provide room and board in exchange for 30 hours/week. The University of Georgia offers a two week, three-credit course “Agroforestry in the Caribbean” located at the farm to UTK students.

    • Wallace-Carver — offers exceptional college students the opportunity to collaborate with leaders in agriculture science and policy. The program stations students in USDA research centers for a paid internship for 8-12 weeks. These internships are highly competitive and provide excellent opportunities.

    • Oxfam International — offers volunteer internships in various global locations with a focus on reducing poverty through better agriculture and other interventions. These are good opportunities for students considering more extended commitments like the Peace Corps.

    • USDA Internships— are available both domestically and globally. The internships cover a broad variety of opportunities.

    • A variety of field study programs are available and must be approved by the Programs Abroad Office if academic credit is to be earned. An example of this is the following program:

    Operation Wallacea runs a series of biological and conservation management programs operating in remote locations across the world.Their Research Assistant program is well suited for undergraduates who want to do field research guided by very competent and published faculty at some of the better Universities in the world. Course credit is available although not necessary.