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.

Eligibility requirements

  • 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

Application information

  • 2020 program dates: June 1 - July 10
  • Application open for submissions: Oct. 15
  • Application deadline: Jan. 31
  • Selection notification: April 1

What to include in the application

  • Complete the application form online below
  • Select campus (Athens, Griffin or Tifton)
  • Complete short essay questions
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from science or math teachers
  • Submit official school transcript

Creating a CAES account to apply for YSP

  • The link below will take you to "CAES Scholarships"
  • Under "applicants", click "Request an account"
  • Enter email address, click "submit request"
  • It can take a couple of minutes, but you should receive an email with the subject "CAES Scholarship Account Request"
  • Follow instructions in the message, and enter a desired username on the form it sends you to, and click "submit"
  • Enter requested information from above and submit form
  • It will take you back to the login form and ask you to log in
  • Log in using the username and password you provided earlier
  • Under "Scholarship Started" click "View the scholarships offered"
  • Click "Young Scholars Internship Program"
  • Click "Continue/Start Scholarship Application"
  • Follow prompts

Things to Remember

  • Complete ALL requested information
  • Click SUBMIT at the end of the application
  • Requests for recommendations will be sent upon submission of complete application
  • Follow-up with recommenders before the application deadline. Let them know that a request for a letter of recommendation will be sent to them. Encourage them to complete and submit the recommendation before the application deadline.

Scholarship Opportunity

Young Scholars Internship Program

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Application Deadline: January 31, 2020
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.

YSP Primary Contact

Dr. Victoria David Administrative Director
Office of Diversity Affairs
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.

YSP Athens Contact

Narke Norton Program Coordinator I
Office of Diversity Affairs

YSP Griffin Contact

Be-Atrice Cunningham Project Manager CAES Griffin
Griffin Campus

YSP Tifton Contact

Teri Hughes Administrative Specialist I
Tifton Campus


YSP Pre-collegiate Research Conference

The Young Scholars Pre-collegiate Research Conference is held during the final three days of the Young Scholars Internship Program. The conference aims to highlight research conducted by the class of Young Scholars from the Athens, Griffin and Tifton campuses. Through oral and poster presentations, students are able to demonstrate their research in agriculture related STEM sciences. Young Scholars have the opportunity to experience campus life as a UGA student by living in residence dorms, eating in dining halls, and exploring campus through workshop sessions and social activities.

Closing Ceremony

The top 3 poster and oral presentation winners from each campus received the opportunity to be featured speakers at the 2018 Pre-collegiate Research Conference. These students were also recognized at the closing ceremony for their efforts and accomplishment in competing at each campus for 1st through 3rd place


History of YSP

The Young Scholars Internship 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.

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 the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. 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. In 2003, the Young Scholars Program was expanded to the Tifton campus. The program also added national and international experiences through travel to California, Washington, D.C., Ghana, Honduras, and Costa Rica.

Since 2014, the development of the Young Scholars Program has evolved in several ways. The greatest element of change includes the YSP Pre-collegiate Research Conference. In the past, Griffin and Tifton Young Scholars would drive to Athens on the last day of the program and participate in the closing ceremony. For the last three days of the program, all students are on the Athens campus to experience student life, be exposed to peer research and learn about the boundless opportunities at UGA and CAES.