Since this association was started, one goal has been to ensure the sustainability of the dairy industry by getting the next generation to continue the dairy farming heritage. For many years those efforts have involved encouraging ag students to have a real-life farm experience through a summer internship with a PDMP member. These internships also help the dairy producers establish a pool of potential permanent employees, making it a win/win situation.
In 2013 we combined our financial grants for interns with those provided by the PA Dairymen's Association and the Center for Dairy Excellence, so that more students can participate in the 10 – 12 week on-farm internship program, intended to provide on-farm learning experiences to the next generation of dairy managers in Pennsylvania. Applications for the 2018 Program Year are now available and must be completed and submitted by November 30, 2017, to be considered.
To qualify for the internship:
- Farms: may be located within or outside of Pennsylvania, but producers must agree to provide the intern with exposure to all aspects of a successful, progressive dairy operation. Read more about Farm Expectations.
- Students: must attend a Pennsylvania university, a Pennsylvania resident attending an out-of-state school or a recently-graduated Pennsylvania resident with an interest in dairy production. Read more about Student Expectations.
To access the applications, click on the links below.
All applications (both farm and student) must be completed and submitted to Heidi Zimmerman at the Center for Dairy Excellence by November 30, 2017, to be considered. Applications can be submitted to Heidi by mail: Center for Dairy Excellence, Attn: Heidi Zimmerman, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, Pa. 17110; by email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or by fax: 717-705-2342. Any questions should be referred to Heidi at 717-346-0849.