AGNR Undergrad and Grad Students
The ACE Center is designed to help AGNR students navigate agricultural career and entrepreneurship opportunities.
Utilize the resources below to gain access to beneficial job search tools, networking information on previous AGNR alumni, advice on how to navigate on-campus resources, stories about previous student internships, and more.
- Russell Brinsfield Internship Program: The Russ Brinsfield Internship Program is a collaboration between the Hughes Center and the University of Maryland Agriculture Law Education Initiative. The internship program, which began in 2017, engages an undergraduate student from the University of Maryland College of AGNR and a law student enrolled at the Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, who work together to develop viable solutions to a variety of complex environmental, agricultural and forestry-related issues.
- Wye Angus Internships: Each term (Spring, Summer and Fall), two internship opportunities are available to undergraduate students as a means to provide hands-on learning related to beef cattle management. Students from Maryland and across the United States apply and are selected to participate in the unique program. Of the two available spots each term, one is reserved for a University of Maryland student with the other being open to any interested undergraduate. To date more than 50 students from 7 states have participated in the internship program.
- Workforce Development & Extension Internships (University of Maryland Extension): Seven interns will be selected to participate in a ten week internship program where they will be paired with competent University of Maryland Extension faculty mentors working within their field(s) of interest. The grant funding internship was endowed to create a meaningful summer internship program for students at underserved institutions, community colleges, or non-Land Grant institutions to gain technical skills and train a future agricultural workforce.
- Maryland Agriculture Resource Council: MARC is always looking for potential interns. Roles may include, but are not limited to: Marketing/Web Management, Administrative, Program/Event Management, “Trail Blazer” Project, Soil Conservation Video Project, A program of your choice! If you are interested in any of these responsibilities, please send a note and a resume to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Pathways Internship Program provides year-round paid work experiences for current degree-seeking high-school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Interns may work during the summer, fall, spring or year-round and are eligible for non-competitive conversion upon program completion.
- The Pathways Recent Graduates Program is for graduates within two years of degree or certificate completion, and for veterans within 6 years of obtaining a degree. Fellows are placed in a one-year career development program that may be non-competitively converted upon completion of program requirements.
- The Presidential Management Fellows Program is the flagship leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. In addition to salary and benefits, fellows earn a two-year appointment that may be converted to a permanent appointment.
- NIFA Volunteer Program: This program is designed to help students experience working in a federal government setting, to assist them in applying various theories and skills, and to enhance their personal growth and development. Every intern will have a unique experience while working at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture whether they are earning University credit or an hourly wage; nevertheless it will be an experience that is invaluable later in life. Emerging into adulthood is not an easy transition and one that often comes with many questions, highs, and lows. It is our goal that your participation in the internship program helps to ease the transition by preparing you for a career, whether it is in the federal government or another place of interest.
- Maryland Department of the Environment: Volunteer opportunities across the state organized by county.
- Maryland Food Bank: Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone who is at least 21 years old. The minor and chaperone must register individually to volunteer.
- Maryland Agricultural Resource Council: If you would like to get involved, we need your help! We are mainly a volunteer-based organization. From fundraising to designing educational programs, we need individuals with many different talents to help support our mission.
- Farm Alliance of Baltimore: Site contains a list of all the current member farms of the Farm Alliance of Baltimore with their neighborhood location and contact information. Please check the individual farm pages or contact farms individually for further information about volunteering on their farm.
- Chesapeake Bay Foundation: There are two ways to help on the farm: Volunteer — donate your time so that we may distribute more food to families with lower incomes. Workshare — work five hours in exchange for a week's "share" of produce
- Higher Education Institution - Student Volunteer Program (HEISIP): This program was established to formalize the relationship between USDA and various colleges and universities across the nation to provide training and work experience to undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in agriculture, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and other administrative career fields. The HEISIP is a non-paid internship opportunity. This program gives students an insight into considering a future career with USDA. Annually, USDA works with students volunteers nationwide throughout our 7 Mission Areas, 19 agencies and 16 Administrative Offices. Volunteer work assignments typically have duration of 3 – 4 months.
- USDA Law Student’s Volunteer Program (LSVP): The USDA Law Student’s Volunteer Program (LSVP) is an experiential program being offered to Law School students who are possibly interested in a career in public service, specifically working for the federal government. Here they can exercise their legal knowledge, skills and abilities through work on policy and administrative issues that affect the lives of everyday citizens. The LSVP is an externship and law students will receive academic credit from their schools at the end of their volunteer service with USDA. The LSVP is either a quarter or semester term commitment (quarter - 3 months or semester - 6 months). Many law schools and professional programs require their students to acquire public service experience for academic credit towards graduation. Since it is a graduation requirement students are encouraged to engage with federal agencies which for many students is as important as earning money.
- NRCS Earth Team Volunteers (NRCSETV): The National Volunteer Program became known as the “Earth Team”, the volunteer arm of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The primary purpose of the Earth Team is, and always has been, to expand NRCS services by using volunteer time, talent, and energy to help meet agency needs. NRCS employees at the national, regional, state, and local level recruit and utilize volunteers for a wide variety of activities. As it was in the beginning, the Earth Team is looking for volunteers who have an interest in conserving natural resources.
Free Courses & Resources
- Cornell Small Farms Program: Are you thinking about starting a small farm? Do you already have a farm that you're looking to expand? Invest in your professional development and you'll see the returns in your business. This site provides a mix of In-Person Trainings and Workshops, as well as Online Courses for Aspiring, New, & Experienced Farmers
- Class Central - Free Online Agriculture Courses: Learn Agriculture with free online courses and MOOCs from University of Iceland, IIT Kharagpur, Johns Hopkins, University of Leeds and other top universities around the world. Read reviews to decide if a class is right for you
- Esri Free Web Courses: Courses to learn GIS based softwares.
- Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE): offers farmer-driven, grassroots grants and education programs. Since 1988, SARE grantees have been putting the principles of sustainable agriculture into practice on farms and ranches in every state and island protectorate.
- University of Maryland Extension Master Gardener Program is designed to train volunteer horticultural educators to support the University of Maryland Extension mission by educating residents about safe, effective and sustainable horticultural practices that build healthy gardens, landscapes, and communities.