Russ Brinsfield Internship Program

Meet Our Interns

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 working together to develop viable solutions to a variety of complex environmental, agricultural and forestry-related issues.

Internship Application Period Open

The Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. and the Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) are seeking law and undergraduate student applicants interested in careers in agriculture, environmental conservation, forestry, and/or policy for the 2020 Russell Brinsfield Agro-Ecology Summer Internship program. Two students will be selected for this residential internship, which includes a competitive salary and free housing located at the Wye Research and Education Center in Queenstown, Maryland. 

The internship will introduce you to a number of complex natural resource issues, including nutrient management for the Chesapeake Bay, forestry, and local food production. During the course of the internship, you will meet diverse stakeholders and engage in the complex interaction between the agricultural and the environmental conservation and policy communities. You will be introduced to legislators and staff at state agencies as you work to resolve challenges. The internship is funded by organizations seeking to build leaders who are able to appreciate all sides of complex issues and develop solutions that consider the needs of industry, environment, economic, and policymakers.

Interns will:

  • Participate in the multidisciplinary activities of the Hughes Center
  • Attend regional leadership meetings for agriculture and natural resources
  • Have the opportunity to learn from and support research agronomists at the University of Maryland’s Wye Research Farm
  • Support ALEI’s staff in the creation and administration of legal education resources and programs
  • Support Hughes Center and ALEI staff in developing proposals for future projects

Interns must:

  • Be a licensed driver with their own reliable transportation
  • Attend Hughes Center events throughout the summer. Some weekend or evening hours may be required

Compensation: Interns will be paid $14.40/hour for a 40-hour workweek.

Housing: On-site housing offered at the Wye Research and Education Center, Queenstown, Maryland for the duration of the internship.

To Apply: Send your resume, cover letter and at least one academic or professional letter of recommendation.

Deadline to Apply January 31, 2020

A photo of the Russ Brinsfield interns for summer 2019
From left are the 2019 Russ Brinsfield Interns, Michael Marinelli and Victoria Long.

This summer, our interns, rising UMD junior Michael Marinelli and second-year law student Victoria Long (pictured left), worked on the following projects:

  • Detailed the findings of three regional food reports commissioned by the Hughes Center for consideration into Maryland’s upcoming strategic plan for agriculture.

  • Finalized a report on current regulations and penalties relating to the theft of aquaculture oysters and presented it to the Maryland Aquaculture Coordinating Council.

  • Developed and presented to the Maryland Department of Agriculture a report on Virginia’s best management practice tax credit program.

  • Followed up with attendees of the 2019 Conservation Leasing Guide workshops and collected data on the implementation of best management practices on leased farmland.

  • Initiated the creation of a legal guide on direct marketing for specialty crop producers in Maryland.

  • Gathered data on forest mitigation banking in Maryland, including details on varying strategies in each county.

  • Researched urban agriculture tax credit programs across the country with a goal to improve Baltimore City’s urban agriculture program.

"We've been all across Maryland this summer meeting with leaders in the agriculture, forestry and environmental fields to gain a thorough understanding of the complex issues these communities face."

Victoria Long 2019 Russ Brinsfield Intern

2019 Russ Brinsfield Interns Michael Marinelli and Victoria Long give their end-of-summer presentation on Aug. 1 at the Wye Research and Education Center.