Sustainability at Meredith College
Summer Sustainable Agriculture Internships
North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University established the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services at the Cherry Farm facility near Goldsboro, N.C., in 1994. The development of CEFS is a national model for partnership, innovation and interdisciplinary cooperation.
CEFS is seeking highly motivated undergraduate students with a strong interest in sustainable agriculture. Summer Sustainable Agriculture Interns will learn about the concepts, practices and cutting-edge research on various aspects of sustainable agriculture. During the core eight-week period (June 7 July 30, 2010), interns will learn about sustainable agriculture from expert faculty and staff at CEFS, through various field activities, discussions, and field trips to local farms and markets. Each intern will also work closely with a CEFS faculty mentor once a week on an individual research project. Please see below for an example of a typical weeks activities. It is also expected that each intern will complete a written report and a PowerPoint presentation of his or her research project in the last week of the internship program.
For a student completing the CEFS Sustainable Agriculture Internship Program, the goals are to:
Describe sustainable agriculture and community food systems from a broad systems perspective
Evaluate a variety of agricultural systems and practices for their sustainability
Improve professional development and collaborative learning interactions with farmers, extension agents, researchers, non-governmental organizations and the community
Understand the scientific research process and leave with knowledge and techniques of data collection and analysis as they relate to sustainable agriculture systems
Appreciate the challenges, constraints and benefits of sustainable agriculture