Summer Internship at Rodale Institute

Rodale Institute LogoThe Rodale Institute, founded by organic agriculture pioneer J.I. Rodale, is a
non-profit organization dedicated to regenerative organic agriculture research
and outreach to farmers, policymakers, and the general public.


  • Have, or are currently working towards, a bachelor’s degree preferably in biology, environmental science, agronomy or a related field
  • Preference is given to those who have completed a course in Soil Ecology, Soil Biology or Living Soils.
  • Experience with data collection
  • Proficiency and experience in entering and summarizing data in Excel
  • Hands-on sustainable agriculture experience (research or production) preferred

RESPONSIBILITIES (training will be provided):

One or more of the following:

  • Lay out experimental field plots
  • Assist with greenhouse plantings
  • Conduct lab experiments
  • Tend and maintain experiments including weeding, staking plants, assessing plant community structure, preforming microscope assessments
  • Collect and process samples from the field
  • Enter data for statistical analysis and interpretation
  • Work with research staff to assume field, lab, and data-entry coordination responsibility for one of the following project roles

Location:  The Institute is located on a 333-acre farm in Kutztown,
Pennsylvania.  Housing will be close to the farm, but not on the farm.
Bicycle or car will be necessary for personal transportation.

Hours:  40 hours/week.

Compensation:  Training will be provided for all summer interns. Rodale will
provide a room in a house, and produce from the farm as available through the
summer from the ASC production vegetable gardens. Eggs will be available at
times from the Rodale flock. Each house will be provided with basic supplies
such as oil, salt, flour, etc.  Please supply your own bedding and personal

Project Descriptions

Training in the various projects and programs Rodale is involved in this summer will be provided.  Interns can choose to focus on one of Rodale’s work projects:
•       Path to Organic Soil Sampling and Analysis to Determine Carbon
Sequestration on Organic Farms
•       Nutrient Management in Organic No-Till Systems
•       Integrated Livestock Management to Maximize Carbon Sequestration and
Economic Returns
•       Right Size Gardens
•       Agriculture Supported Communities
•       Tree As a Crop
•       Shumei Gardens
•       Brown Marmilated Stink Bugs

Application Deadline:  March 20, 2012

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter (indicating which project(s) you are
interested in participating and what length of time you can be here.  Please
also note any work or volunteer experience relevant to these projects.

Interested applicants may submit to:

Lindsey Brielle
Research Team Manager
Rodale Institute
611 Siegfriedale Road
Kutztown, PA 19530


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