The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Summer Internship Programs target talented high school students who show a high aptitude in math and science related subjects. We will also consider high ability students who have not yet lived up to their potential.
Selected summer interns work side-by-side with CAES researchers for six weeks, and are paid a salary for up to 30 hours of work per week. The students earn money, learn job responsibility and, most importantly, are introduced to the work of agricultural scientists.
The goal of the internship program is to encourage outstanding high school students to pursue careers in science. Students are paired with a mentor-scientist, working in a field of the student's interest. With the mentor's help, each student develops a science project to work on over the summer. At the end of the program, students present reports on their projects and essays detailing their summer internship experience.
The Young Scholars Program is a tremendous opportunity for bright students to be exposed to the world of scientific discovery as it is happening. This is one of the few programs that allows a young person to see what a scientist does from day to day and promotes research as a career option. The people in my laboratory and I have gained from the experience by seeing and sharing in the excitement and energy these students process.
Dr. Steven Stice, Department of Animal and Dairy Science
The Young Scholars Program taught me many things in order to help to successfully adapt to college life. I was taught good work ethic and responsibility from having to work daily in an academic laboratory. I learned how to manage my time well because I learned how to balance work time with free time. Most importantly, I was able to learn insider tips from other students who knew how to be successful in college. The most important tip of all: study much more than you did in high school, and then study some more.
CAES Biological Sciences Student
The CAES Young Scholars Program at Athens was designed to augment the successful Georgia Research Station Mentor Program at the Griffin campus which began in 1989. The Mentor Program paired selected students with researchers at the station in a year-long educational program. The students were chosen by the high school and the Georgia Station faculties based on the their demonstrated interest in science and/or mathematics.
During the program, students visited with their mentors two or three afternoons a week during the school year. With their mentors, the students developed a learning plan for the year. Following scientific procedures, the plan included selection and definition of a problem area, research of available information, a scientific project or phase of research, and a written report of the student's work. The program also required the student to write an essay on their mentor experience. Students participating in the original Mentor Program did not receive extra school credit, financial rewards or scholarships from the program.
The Young Scholars Program was expanded to the Athens campus in 1997. Dean Buchanan signed an agreement with the Morgan County High School and its new Agri-Science Center to develop an internship program with scientists in CAES. In the summer of 1999, five students completed the program.
In June 2000, the Young Scholars Program was expanded to include more students from under-represented populations. A total of twelve students participated at the Athens campus and seven participated on the Griffin campus.
In June 2001, the participation was consolidated and enriched under the Office of Diversity Relations. Eighteen students participated in Athens and fourteen participated at the Griffin Campus. The program also added an international experience through travel to Costa Rica. Students who completed the program in 2000 were eligible to participate.