The education goals are to provide students with real-life practical experience in the operation of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies and implementation of various federal programs relating to agriculture and rural issues. The agencies involved with the internships include the state or regional offices, located in Des Moines for Rural Development (RD), Farm Services Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). The objectives and expectations for the internships are communicated with the students and the supervisors in the advising process, during which students identify possible internships and interview with prospective agencies.
Professor Neil D. Hamilton supervises the internships.
- Josh Borchert, Rural Development, 210 Walnut St., Federal Building, Des Moines, Iowa 50309
- Shelly Dugan, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 210 Walnut St., Federal Building, Des Moines, Iowa 50309
- Greg Andrews, Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration, 210 Walnut St., Federal Building, Des Moines, Iowa 50309
- Jon Whitaker, Farm Services Agency, 10500 Buena Vista Ct., Urbandale, Iowa 50322
Students need to be enrolled in the Food and Agricultural law certificate program and taking classes in that series. Internships are only available after the first year.