USGA Announces 2005 Green Section Summer Internship Program

The USGA Green Section offers turfgrass management students the opportunity to travel on Turf Advisory Service visits with USGA Green Section regional agronomists for one week during the 2005 golfing season.

Since 1953, a major facet of the Green Section has been its Turf Advisory Service (TAS). Eighteen experienced agronomists annually conduct more than 1,800 on-site visits to golf courses across the United States to take research results and practical information on construction and maintenance directly to subscribing clubs and courses. The internship broadens studentsí perspectives of the turfgrass industry and the directions they take with their educational endeavors and career paths.

Students selected for the 2005 internship program will travel with members of the Green Section staff on TAS visits for one week between May and August 2005 and submit a written report summarizing their experience. Students receive a $250 stipend for the week, and all transportation, hotel, and meal expenses will be paid by the USGA.

Students being considered for the internship should meet the following minimum criteria:

  • A student entering their junior or senior year in a four-year baccalaureate program or a graduate student majoring in horticulture, agronomy, or a related field. The student must be returning to school the semester following the internship.
  • An interest in golf and turfgrass management, and preferably some experience working on a golf course or playing the game.
  • Good leadership potential.
  • A strong academic record.

Nomination packets must contain the following materials:

  1. 1) A letter of recommendation from the sponsoring professor.
  2. 2) A cover letter from the student explaining how they got interested in turf and why they would like to participate in the program.
  3. 3) The studentís resume or information about the studentís background (including the projected graduation date).

Applications are due at the appropriate regional office by November 22, 2004. Selected candidates will be notified after March 1, 2005. More specifics on the program and the application process can be found at:

For more information, contact Kimberly Erusha, Director of Education, at 908-234-2300.

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