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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 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 2021 applications are now open. Please download and fill out this application and send with a resume and cover letter to Westen Gehring, . Application deadline is January 15, 2021.

Class of 2020

Emma Baker
Intern

Angela Brekalo
Research Resident

Eric A. Cassetta
Research Resident

Katy Dix
Intern

Jarrod Fyie
Research Resident

Alexandra Griffin
Research Resident

Abigail Han
Research Resident

Blaze Johnson
Research Resident

Siena Polk
Research Resident

Sophia Skelly
Research Resident

Madeline DuBois
Research Technician, Ecology

Class of 2019

Angela Brekalo
Research Resident

Eric A. Cassetta
Research Resident

Jarrod Fyie
Research Resident

Alexandra Griffin
Research Resident

Abigail Han
Research Resident

Gus Jaynes
Intern

Blaze Johnson
Research Resident

Crystal Ma
Intern

Siena Polk
Research Resident

Konilo Zio
Intern

Tehya Peters
Intern

Rena Detrixhe
Research Resident

Madeline DuBois
Research Technician, Ecology

Westen Gehring
Perennial Agriculture Project, Operations Associate

Class of 2018

Eric A. Cassetta
Research Resident

Alexandra Griffin
Research Resident

Abigail Han
Research Resident

Nicole Leslie Gentili
Natural Systems Agriculture Intern

Jack Graddis
Intern

Nima Homami
Intern

Emily Meier
NSA and Ecosphere Studies Intern

Dan Patel
Intern

Class of 2017

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