Deadline to register for ASPIRE summer internship program is April 23

(04/12/21) BATON ROUGE, La. — The April 23 deadline for students to register for the LSU AgCenter ASPIRE summer internship program is quickly approaching. Students can apply today at

The ASPIRE Project engages undergraduates in agricultural-related internships in research, extension, and teaching, with mentorship from faculty in the AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture.

“We are excited to help students explore career paths in agriculture in such an interactive format,” Christina Zito Hebert, college and career readiness specialist with 4-H Youth Development, said.

The goals of this 10-week paid summer internship program include: 

  • Opportunities for undergraduates to develop their knowledge and skills in agricultural research and outreach.
  • Expand the diversity of the talent pool in the agricultural workforce.

Students from all ethnicities and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Placement is open to everyone, and the program prioritizes recruiting and mentoring underrepresented and disadvantaged students.

The internships focus on six Farm Bill priority areas:  

  • Plant health and production and plant products
  • Animal health and production and animal products
  • Food safety, nutrition and health
  • Bioenergy, natural resources and environment
  • Agriculture systems and technology
  • Agriculture economics and rural communities

The program is funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, and partner institutions include LSU Alexandria, LSU Eunice, Southern University, Delta Community College and Baton Rouge Community College. 

Students should submit a completed application, resume, cover letter, transcript and two letters of recommendation (at least one from a current or former professor) by April 23, 2021. Any questions can be directed to Christina Zito Hebert at Applicants will be notified if they are selected on May 5.

For more information, visit

4/12/2021 8:05:50 PM
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