College/School Eligibility:

  • Agriculture and Life Sciences

Class Year Eligibility:

  • First Year (undergrad)
  • Second Year (undergrad)
  • Third Year (undergrad)
  • Fourth Year + (undergrad)

Open to:

  • Cornell Undergraduate Students

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

1. Coursework in agriculture production (particularly dairy), business management, cooperatives, and/or communications.

2. Demonstrated interest, knowledge, and/or experience in rural and agricultural development.

3. Ability to research, collect, and document data and information.

4. Ability to create and implement surveys.

5. Ability to organize and facilitate conversations with farmers and cooperative managers. 

6. Ability to prepare and deliver presentations.

7. Ability to work independently and as a team member.

8. Strong computer, communication, and analytical skills.

Roles and Responsibilities

The intern will extract information specific to the dairy industry from the “Farmers to Consumers” feasibility study and the “Institutional Buying Market Study” and will research the three local dairy co-ops, Holland Patent, Boonville and Oneida-Madison. This person will facilitate the creation of a co-op forum that will support and help sustain the dairy industry in Oneida County. The intern will research the viability of co-op consolidation or the creation or a new co-op. In conjunction with faculty, using research data and feedback from the forum make recommendations to CCE and Oneida County Executive. The intern will also make recommendations on modernizing current co-ops, helping them to operate more efficiently and effectively for dairy farmers.

Benefits and Skills

1. Increase knowledge and understanding of agricultural systems, particularly the dairy industry and related resources.

2. Gain research experience in primary data collection; including survey design, survey administration, and data analysis.

3. Gain experience and knowledge on how to gather, document, and present information, data, and research results in formats suitable to general public audiences. 

4. Gain understanding about how farmers make collaborative/cooperative business decisions and how it affects their own farm businesses.

5. Gain experience and a better understanding of cooperative extension work, including project collaborations between faculty and extension staff.