Agroecology Opportunities


These programs award students $4,000 over the course of a year ($1,000 for fall, $1,000 for spring, and $2,000 for summer). Students can remain under scholarship for up to four years.

Students who receive these scholarships are required to devote time to research during the fall and spring semesters and complete an agriculture-related internship during the summer semester. Student commitment lasts for 11 weeks during the fall (70 hours) and 11 weeks during the spring (70 hours) - about 6 hours per week. One of the hours every week is spent assisting/learning from our garden manager at the on-campus organic garden. The other 5 hours are spent working on a research project or participating in Agroecology Program community engagement and recruitment activities.

Each student is paired with a graduate student or faculty mentor to help them along with their research. The $2,000 summer funding amount is provided to compensate work for completion of an agriculture related summer internship which is unpaid by the internship host (160 hours). 

There is no deadline for scholarship applications. We are always interviewing and accepting students into our scholarship program as long as spots remain available. Eligible students are those who are registered for the BS in Environmental Studies under the Agricultural Sciences track and/or the Agroecology Certificate Program with a minimum GPA of 2.7.

Graduate students may also apply to the National Needs Fellows program.


We are not promoting any one specific internship opportunity with any particular organization other than USDA-related opportunities. We only seek to share relevant internships that students may find useful to their professional growth. Please communicate with organizations for further information.

  • Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture

    Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture program is a paid internship that offers the opportunity to work alongside agricultural professionals at one of the nation's foremost agricultural consultation and research organizations.

  • High School Internship

    The High School Internship is a six-week paid internship ($400 total) for eight high school students to gain hands-on experience on problems related to agri-science at FIU faculty labs or field sites in South Florida. Program runs from June to July.

    Our goals are to:

    • Provide students with an opportunity for advanced and accelerated learning in agricultural sciences
    • Increase understanding of the role of surrounding natural ecosystems including soils, water, and agro-biodiversity
    • Provide students with research and learning opportunities at FIU, area research institutions, local farms, and government agencies
    • Develop students’ professional presentation skills

    To apply, please submit the following documents:

    • A cover letter addressed to the Directors of the FIU Agroecology Program explaining the applicant’s strength of candidacy and interest in the internship
    • A recommendation letter from a teacher
    • A copy of the applicant’s unofficial High School transcripts

    Application: Please submit all documents to Mr. Eric Betancourt at

    This opportunity is made possible by the USDA-NIFA-HIS Innovative Curriculum for Agriculture Training and Career for Hispanics Grant (2016-38422-25549)

  • Pathways to Science

    Pathways to Science for Graduate Students is a bridge to the Doctorate, IGERT and NSF Grad Research Fellowship programs provide generous stipend and tuition support for students through the National Science Foundation. There are also opportunities for undergraduates.

  • HACU National Internship Program

    The Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities National Internship Program is the largest recruiter of HACU Interns in the nation. This is a paid internship program for undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, the internship provides with round trip transportation. Application deadline is: March 1st for the Summer Program.

  • Kalu Yala

    Kalu Yala is a sustainable community that will be built in the mountains about 45 minutes outside Panama City, Panama. Internships take place in 3 venues: creating the town's foundation in the Kalu Yala Valley; creating relationships in the neighboring town of San Miguel; and working on business logistics in Panama City. Since Summer 2010, Kalu Yala has had interns from 38 states, 12 countries and 80 colleges.

  • Algenol

    Algenol is a global, industrial biotechnology company that is commercializing its patented algae technology platform for production of ethanol and green chemicals. Invitations to interview for Summer Internships are typically extended in the month of April of each year. If you think you can help us build out our commercial demonstration module, have a passion for engineering and are a student with recent relevant course work, please send a current resume and cover letter to

  • NASA

    NASA internships and fellowships engage undergraduate and graduate students in science, engineering, mathematics and technology, or STEM, research and interactive opportunities.

  • Department of Energy Scholars Program

    The DOE Scholars Program offers 10-week summer internships of possible interest to students in the physical and environmental sciences who are U.S. citizens.

  • Everglades National Park
  • Umpqua National Forest

    The Umpqua National Forest intends to fill 50 temporary positions at 6 different work locations (Roseburg, Glide, Tiller, Toketee, Cottage Grove, & Dorena). The attached document shows which jobs are open at the different duty stations. If you are interested in a particular job, contact the person listed with that position. The best way is to send a completed Statement of Interest/Outreach Response (found on pg. 6 of the attachment). Sending the Statement of Interest to the contact is the way that person can let potential applicants know when the vacancy announcement is posted on USAJOBS.

    It is important to know that the application process has changed this year. Known hiring changes for 2014 include:

    • Open Continuous Rosters (OCRs) are no longer available; instead, each position will have a separate announcement number
    • Vacancy announcements will be open for short periods, between 5 to 15 days (in previous years they were open all year long)
    • A vacancy announcement number must be posted on the USAJOBS website before you can apply for that specific job
    • Applicants must check USAJOBS more frequently and be looking for specific places of work and job titles you are interested in

    It is important that resumes and profiles be updated in USAJOBS before the period when the job is open as applicants will only have 5-14 days to apply. Since announcements will only be open for a very limited time, frequent checking of the USAJOBS site is encouraged.