Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC)
National Agricultural Library
US Department of Agriculture
10301 Baltimore Ave, Room 132
Beltsville, MD 20705
General Information: Request a free copy of "Educational and Training Opportunities in Sustainable Agriculture" or see the searchable Web site.
American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA)
Publications Department, 351 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
To encourage gardens to develop internship programs for young people, AABGA publishes and distributes an annual listing of more than 500 internships. The latest Intern Directory (available early 2002) lists summer jobs and internships in grounds management, education, collections, curation, and more at 97 botanical gardens, arboreta, and other horticultural institutions. Order form for directory may be downloaded from website. Price is $10.00.
Liberal Arts Career Network
Intern Center, Bowdoin College, 4900 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011-8440
Maintains nationwide database of internship and summer job opportunities. Collaborative effort of 25 U.S. colleges and universities. Operates through a partnership with StudentCenter (recently merged with Monster.com), a program to help college and graduate students identify personal strengths, define career goals, and learn about careers and employers that best match their career interests.
Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA)
5245 College Ave #508
Oakland, CA 94618
MESA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the health of the environment and the continuing education of land stewards from around the globe. MESA is the only J-1 Exchange Program of its kind devoted exclusively to the needs of environmentally responsible farmers in the U.S. and abroad.
MESA Mission: MESA strengthens sustainable farming communities around the world by coordinating training and cross-cultural opportunities for international farmers and their U.S. counterparts.
Current Programs: MESA sponsors annual 8-12 month on-the-farm training programs for global farmers, matching them with U.S. host farms practicing organic and/or sustainable agriculture. The Program offers practical, vocational training that exposes young aspiring farmers to every aspect of small-farm management. U.S. farmers provide hands-on training, housing, meals and monthly Program fees for the opportunity to host an experienced international trainee.
MESA also arranges organized farm training programs for Americans with our partner networks abroad.
MESA, Inc. is a (501)(c)3) not-for-profit organization and a U.S. Department of State-designated Exchange Visitor Training Program. Please view our Web site for more information.