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Interns

At The Land Institute we are repeatedly struck by how capable, interesting and committed our interns are. Interns serve a critical role in fulfilling our shared mission, contributing as staff team members to our work on perennial crops, research to achieve ecological intensification, and ecosphere studies.

Research Residents, a new intern classification in 2019, were primarily selected from individuals who completed the regular intern program and expressed a strong desire to delve into our research to a greater depth, and ultimately go to graduate school.

Internships at The Land Institute

Our interns and gain valuable insight into the research programs of The Land Institute while assisting in the fields, seed processing facilities, and labs. With thousands of experimental plots and tens of thousands of experimental plants, interns conduct crucial fieldwork that includes hoeing, transplanting, and sampling alongside preeminent scientists working to develop Natural Systems Agriculture. Summer interns enjoy seminars with the staff and visiting scientists, but the majority of learning is gained from hands-on work with the research programs. Keep in mind that although the fieldwork is satisfying, it also can be physically challenging.

We generally require that interns commit to a duration of at least three months between May and October.  Interns are paid and work approximately 40 hour weeks. While we do not offer free housing, limited housing is available near campus and rent is typically around $300/month.  Although interns are often students (generally between sophomores in college to recently graduated) we consider adult applicants of any age and background. 

Summer 2020 applications are now closed. Please check back in the fall if you are interested in applying to be an intern for the next season.

2019

Blaze Johnson
Intern

Crystal Ma
Intern

Gus Jaynes
Intern

Jarrod Fyie
Intern

Konilo Zio
Intern

Siena Polk
Intern

Tehya Peters
Intern

Eric A. Cassetta
Research Resident

Rena Detrixhe
Research Resident

Alexandra Griffin
Research Resident

Abigail Han
Research Resident

2018

Eric A. Cassetta
Research Resident

Collyn Fouard
Intern

Nicole Leslie Gentili
Natural Systems Agriculture Intern

Jack Graddis
Intern

Alexandra Griffin
Research Resident

Abigail Han
Research Resident

Philip Hodges
Intern

Nima Homami
Intern

Emily Meier
NSA and Ecosphere Studies Intern

Dan Patel
Intern

2017

Siwook Hwang Land Institute Intern

Siwook Hwang
Intern

Meg MacDonald Land Institute Intern

Meg MacDonald
Intern

Marya Merriam Land Institute Intern

Marya Merriam
Intern

Emily Ralston Land Institute Intern

Emily Ralston
Intern

Kelsey Peterson
Intern; Oilseeds Technician

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