The Agricultural Program has been developed to allow international agriculturalists to pursue training, in the area of agri-business in order to improve their knowledge of advanced agrarian practices, techniques, methodologies and expertise, while enhancing their knowledge of American culture. A customized training plan is prepared for each participant that outlines specific objectives and phases of training and supervision and evaluation procedures to be used during the program.
Usually, we are recruiting young agriculturalists, primarily from agricultural universities. These young people, of which approximately 85% are male, are placed on the following work fields:
- Crop operations
- Livestock operations
- Horticultural operations
- Turf management placements – primarily golf courses
- The placement of applicants will be made on specific criteria depending on education, work experience, skills and abilities.
It is a „learn-by-doing” program. It is very important to point out that these placements are not observation or research or supervisory placements. The kids will be training and working shoulder to shoulder with their supervisors and other farm/business employees.
Options and costs
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have either a round trip ticket or sufficient money for return airfare home
- Have proficient English skills to perform internship activities
- Have adequate hands-on experience in the field they are applying for
- Have university degrees and coursework that supplements their practical experience.
- Either be currently enrolled in, and pursuing studies at a degree- or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the U.S. or graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to his or her exchange visitor program start date Connector.
- Enter the U.S. to participate in a structured and guided work-based internship program in his or her specific academic field
- Possess either a degree or professional certificate from a foreign post-secondary academic institution and at least one year of prior related work experience in his or her occupational field acquired outside the U.S., or five years of work experience outside the U.S. in his or her occupational field.
- Enter the U.S. to participate in a structured and guided work-based training program in his or her specific occupational field.