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Center for Environmental Farming Systems Summer Internship Program

Sponsor Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS)
About The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) develops and promotes food and farming systems that protect the environment, strengthen local communities and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond. CEFS was established in 1994 by NC State University, NC A&T State University, and NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to serve as a center dedicated to sustainable agriculture research, extension and education.
Objectives For students completing the CEFS Sustainable Agriculture Internship Program, the goals are to - describe sustainable agriculture and community food systems from a broad systems perspective; - observe and evaluate a variety of agricultural systems and practices for their sustainability; - improve professional development and collaborative learning interactions with university faculty and staff, farmers, extension agents, researchers, non-governmental organizations and the community; - communicate how sustainable agriculture research is conducted, basic techniques, and data collected from a variety of disciplines in sustainable agriculture
Eligibility We are seeking highly-motivated undergraduate students from a variety of different backgrounds, with a strong interest in sustainable agriculture, to participate in a unique 8-week summer internship. Summer Interns with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) come from all over the country and world to work with faculty members to learn about the concepts and practices of various aspects of sustainable agriculture through hands-on farm work, lectures and discussions, community engagement, and field trips to local farms and markets. In addition, a highlight of this program is that interns will gain hands-on sustainable agriculture research knowledge through working with a diversity of CEFS Faculty Researchers from various disciplines at CEFS' 2,000-acre research farm in Goldsboro, N.C..