Undergraduate Internships

The Illinois Organic Project offers paid internships to undergraduate students interested in sustainable agriculture and environmental quality. In addition to learning about research in modern organic food production, soil health, and corn breeding techniques for organic systems, interns will conduct an independent project at the Illinois Organic farming systems trial and be mentored by one of the project’s PIs.

Student interns have the opportunity to: 

learn about diversified food production systems and their implications for sustainable soil management

examine the influence of organic management practices on soil organic matter 

be exposed to an organic corn breeding program that is testing the agronomic characteristics of various lines of food-grade corn produced under low-input systems

gain experience conducting research in crop production and environmental science 

improve science communication skills through content development for social media and presentations at University sponsored events and scientific meetings. 

Interested students should contact Carmen Ugarte ( for more information. Students from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

The internships are funded by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Student Sustainability Committee.