Summer 2023 IPREFER Undergraduate Internships (PAID)
Integrated Pennycress Research Enabling Farm & Energy Resilience
May 17 – August 2, 2023
We are recruiting undergraduate students from all majors to join a multidisciplinary team of researchers working to develop pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) as a cash cover crop that can diversify farmers’ economic opportunities and provide environmental benefits including a reduction in soil erosion and nutrient runoff, protection of water sources, suppression weeds and support for pollinator health and biodiversity. We are looking for students interested in gaining new skills or perfecting already-acquired skills from our broad array of opportunities.
As IPREFER interns, students will gain:
- Technical skill in disciplinary research related to crop growth and production practices, education/communication, plant breeding, plant genetics, pollinator communities, post-harvest processing and storage, or water quality
- Interdisciplinary competencies needed for collaborative work on bio-based solutions to food, energy, and environmental challenges
- Increased proficiency in science communication
- …and other skills specific to the discipline of choice, such as phenotyping, DNA extraction, PCR, gas chromatography, and other lab techniques.
- Compensation of $8,000 includes a stipend of $6,000 and $2,000 to assist with travel and housing expenses
- Round-trip travel from the research site to program orientation, Mpls/St. Paul, plus lodging and food during program orientation
- Travel allowance ($500) to participate in the IPREFER annual meeting, Mpls/St. Paul
Intern Eligibility Requirements
- Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program and working toward a bachelor’s or associate’s degree
- Be a sophomore or more advanced level (as of fall 2023). Students are not eligible if they will receive their degree before the beginning of the 2023 fall semester
- Have not previously participated in the IPREFER internship program
- Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.
Program dates and activities (subject to minor changes)
|Nov 1, 2022||Online application period begins|
|Feb 4, 2023||Deadline for application submission|
|Feb 18||Internship offers extended|
|May 17 – 19||Program orientation in Minneapolis/St. Paul (Overview of IPREFER project, introduction to research teams, responsible conduct of research, working with data, setting internship goals, social activities).|
|May 22 – July 28||Mentored research and online meetings with 2023 IPREFER intern cohort|
|July 31 – August 2||IPREFER annual meeting, Minneapolis/St. Paul|
- Participate in the entire program (May 17 – August 2)
- Work full-time (40 hours per week). Time off must be approved by the interns’ research mentor
- Participate in all program activities including orientation, research, online meetings and the IPREFER annual meeting
- Prepare an abstract and make a presentation (poster or talk) during the IPREFER annual meeting
- Follow all safety guidelines required by the research mentor or their host institution
You can learn more about our internship program on our 2020, 2021, and 2022 internship pages, where we provide descriptions of past student projects.
The IPREFER IPS-URE program welcomes and encourages applications from students with diverse social backgrounds and from any field of study including but not limited to agriculture, biology, chemistry, communication, economics, education, engineering, and plant science.
IPREFER is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant No. 2019-69012-29851 from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture
2023 Internship Opportunities
IPREFER Internship Program 2023 – A partial list of internship positions is provided below. We will post additional positions online as they become available. Check back throughout the fall. Applications will be accepted until February 4, 2023.