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.
As IPREFER interns, students will receive:
- 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.
- 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