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Hiring: International Student Interns

We are currently offering a 6-month paid internship opportunity starting April 15, 2023 and ending October 15, 2023. Interns will gain hands-on field experience and learn wheat and oat breeding operations. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in applied plant breeding and intensive fieldwork.

Specific Activities

  • Rogue off-types from seed increases and hoe weeds from research plots.
  • Phenotype plant height and disease resistance.
  • Collect individual spikes or panicles from plots to derive and purify lines.
  • Hand harvest, thresh, and clean seed.
  • Assist with grain sample collection during combine harvest.
  • Treat, pack, and arrange seeds in preparation for fall planting.
  • Collect oat grain quality data.
  • Perform other tasks as needed.


Applicants must be university students with a strong desire to gain field experience in an applied breeding program. Applicants must complete the online application form. The form requires applicants to upload their CV or resume. Prior experience with field-based agricultural research is preferred, but not required.

Interns from outside the United States would enter the country on a J1 visitor visa. Interns must cover their own travel expenses and arrange their own housing and transportation.


Working environment

All group members must strive to create a respectful, pleasant, and productive environment where each person can learn and do their best work. Ensure that your words and behaviors are guided by the core values: 

  • Respect- Show respect for people and property through your words and actions.
  • Honesty- Speak and act truthfully.
  • Optimism- Adopt a ‘can-do’ attitude. 
  • CreativityDevelop new and better ways of doing things. 
  • Growth- Continually improve yourself.

Health and safety

All group members should take measures to maintain a safe work environment. Understand and respect the safety precautions associated with equipment, chemicals, and other hazards in the workplace.


We believe that all our research is of high quality and worth sharing with the plant breeding community via publication in peer-reviewed journals. All graduate students and post-docs are expected to submit 1 first author publication per year on average. These publications may include a combination of review articles, germplasm release articles, and research articles.

Contact Dr. Arbelaez or Dr. Rutkoski for more information about expectations of group memebers