Young Scholars Internship Program
The Young Scholars Program is a paid summer internship program for high school students interested in agricultural, food and environmental sciences. Selected students work 30 hours per week actively engaged in research under the guidance of a faculty mentor on the UGA Athens, Griffin or Tifton campus. During the program, students attend workshops and visit agricultural operations to gain exposure to the various fields of study and careers in agriculture. Upon completion of the program, students present their research during poster and oral sessions at the Young Scholars Pre-collegiate Research Conference held the final three days of the program on the UGA Athens campus.
- Completion of sophomore year and be 16 years old by program start date
- Ability to work at either the Athens, Griffin or Tifton campus
- Commitment to the full six-week internship
- Sincere interest in scientific exploration in agricultural, food and environmental sciences; math or technology
- Completion of at least one high school science course (including a laboratory class) and one semester of algebra
- Acceptance to the University of Georgia for graduating seniors
- Program begins June 5, 2017 and ends July 14, 2017
- Application open for submissions: October 15, 2016
- Application Deadline: January 31, 2017
- Selection Notification: April 1, 2017
- Complete Application Form
- Select Campus (Athens, Griffin or Tifton)
- Short Essay Questions
- Two letters of recommendations from science or math teachers
- Official School Transcript
- Submit application online
Athens Young Scholars Welcoming
Athens Scholars visiting the UGA Trial Gardens
Athens Scholars visiting the CAES Office of Diversity Relations
Griffin Scholar meeting with faculty mentor
Griffin Scholar working with insects
Griffin Scholars on Agriculture Field Trip
Tifton Scholar working on her research project presentation
Tifton Scholars on a field trip
Group photo of 2015 Tifton Young Scholars
The 2016 Athens Young Scholars visited the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service in Atlanta, Georgia and the Fortson 4-H Center in Hampton, Georgia. During the program, Young Scholars received a student orientation, employee professionalism training from the Career Services Center, a library and research workshop from a library specialist, and a Real Colors workshop on personality assessment and collaboration from the Office of Diversity Affairs.
The 2016 Griffin Young Scholars visited the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service where students learned about the vital role APHIS plays by keeping U.S. agricultural industries free from pests and diseases. The Griffin campus also visited the Camp Fortson 4-H Center for team building activities and participated in survival skills training. In addition to the field trip, Scholars visited a campus field site or research area each week on the Griffin Campus, such as insect Genetics; Food Sensory Science; and peach, grape and wheat research. While in Athens, students visited the Large Animal Research Unit in Animal and Dairy Science with Dr. Franklin West and participated in a seminar by Dr. Nancy Hinkle called “Bugs, Bugs, Everywhere!
The 2016 Tifton Young Scholars received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this summer with a visit with former president and Plains, Georgia resident, Jimmy Carter. The students from the Tifton campus visited President Carter’s boyhood home in Archery, just a few miles from Plains, and were treated to a brief talk from President Carter, learning firsthand about early agricultural practices as he reflected on the farm’s history. For two hours, once a week, the Young Scholars in Tifton gain valuable life experiences through a community service project; visiting Maple Court Senior Residence.
Housing is optional. Please see the 2016 YSP Housing Information for fees and availability. Housing costs are not covered with acceptance to the program.