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Extension and Outreach Coordinator
North Carolina State University
Department of Horticulture
226 Kilgore Hall, Box 7609
Raleigh, NC 27695
CEFS Sustainable Agriculture Internship Program
Summer Interns with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) come from all over the country and world to work with faculty members on weekly classroom learning activities, hands-on farming experience, community projects, field trips to local farms and markets and focused research projects conducted at CEFS' 2,000-acre research farm in Goldsboro, NC.
Internship Dates: June 2 – July 25, 2014
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 will learn about the concepts and practices of various aspects of sustainable agriculture from expert faculty and staff at CEFS and 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 diverse of CEFS Faculty Researchers from various disciplines.
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, producers, Extension Agents, researchers, non-governmental organizations and the community;
- communicate how sustainable agriculture research is conducted, understand basic techniques and data collected from a variety of disciplines.
Background of CEFS
CEFS was established in 1994 by North Carolina State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to serve as a center dedicated to sustainable agriculture research, extension and education. CEFS is nationally and internationally recognized for its excellence in sustainable agriculture research and education.
CEFS is one of the few facilities nationwide dedicated to sustainable agriculture research, extension and education. Our goals are to provide new economic opportunities in rural and urban communities, develop technologies that promote a cleaner and healthier environment, educate the next generation of farmers, consumers, and scientists and engage all citizens in the food system.