(11/21/23) BATON ROUGE, La. — A new internship program aims to help high school 4-H or FFA members gain knowledge, experience and career training in the agricultural industry.
The Sunshine 4-H and FFA Leadership and Career Development Academy is a collaboration between Sunshine Quality Solutions, the John Deere Dealer in Louisiana, Louisiana's 4-H and FFA Programs. The academy is open to both college and high school juniors who have a targeted career goal of entering the agricultural machinery industry as a long-term career.
“We are thrilled to be able to provide an opportunity to address our industry’s need for future employees,” said Rob Richter, Sunshine Quality Solutions president and CEO. “Not only will this be an exciting journey of growth and success for these students, but it will also be a part of their career journey as they navigate through life.”
Selected academy members must plan on being an active, engaged employee at a Sunshine Quality Solution Dealership close to their home or school. Youth will be employed full-time during the summer months and may be given the opportunity to work after school and on holiday break times throughout the year.
The program length will be a two-year cycle, with the sessions and trips being the first year and employment over the two years. The academy will include some travel during the program to participate in professional development opportunities at other dealerships and sites throughout the southern part of Louisiana.
“This program is really advanced and helps young people learn the skills and knowledge they need for the workforce,” said Toby Lepley, LSU AgCenter associate vice president and youth development program leader. “It means they can start their careers more prepared and smarter, which might lead to better job opportunities and higher salaries."
The initial cohort will consist of five-to-seven members, with a plan of increasing participation in subsequent years to potentially serve all Sunshine Quality Solutions dealerships.
Students interested in applying can complete the online form, and must provide a cover letter, resume and three letters of recommendation. Applicants will also participate in a face-to-face interview with individuals from Sunshine Quality Solutions, Louisiana 4-H and Louisiana FFA.
The deadline to apply is December 22.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture