USGA Green Section Summer Internship Program
The USGA Green Section was established in 1920 to provide impartial and authoritative agronomic information to golf courses, and develop scientific information related to golf course turf. A major facet of the Green Section is its Turf Advisory Service (TAS), which consists of on-site consultation visits to golf courses, sponsoring turfgrass research, and developing education and outreach multi-media on agronomic and environmental issues. Sixteen experienced agronomists annually conduct more than 1,500 on-site consultation visits to golf courses across the United States to take research results and practical information about construction and maintenance directly to subscribing clubs and courses.
Each year, the USGA Green Section provides the opportunity for fourteen to sixteen students to travel with Green Section agronomists for one week between May and August. The goal is to provide students with a broader view of the golf course industry and help them learn about golf course maintenance through the perspective of the Green Section staff. Students receive a $250 stipend, and all transportation, hotel, and meal expenses are paid by the USGA.
The USGA regional director and agronomists interview candidates from among the universities in that region, and one or more students are selected to participate in the program. Each university may nominate only one student. The travel week date is flexible and is mutually agreed upon by the Green Section staff and the student. The student travels to the prearranged meeting site on Sunday and returns on Friday of the travel week.
As part of the internship, the student is required to submit a report that summarizes the week’s observations and experiences. The report is due three weeks following the conclusion of the travel.
Meet The 2013 USGA Green Section Interns
Students must meet the following minimum criteria to apply for consideration:
- A sophomore, junior, or senior in a four-year baccalaureate program, or
a graduate student, majoring in horticulture, agronomy, or a related field.
The student must be returning to school the semester following the internship.
- An interest in golf and turfgrass management, and preferably some experience working
on a golf course or playing the game.
- Good leadership potential.
2014 Application packets must contain the following materials:
1. A cover letter from the student, explaining how they became interested in turf management and why they would like to participate in the internship program.
2. The student’s resume, including the projected graduation date.
3. A letter of recommendation from the student’s faculty advisor.
Submit the application to the director in the Green Section region where the student’s school is located. Applications are due by December 13, 2013. Selected candidates will be notified after March 3, 2014.
Information on the 2015 Green Section Internship Program will be available on the USGA website in September 2014. Questions about the program should be directed to Mary McConnell, Senior Administrative Assistant, (908) 234-2300 or email@example.com.
USGA Green Section Regions
John Foy, Director
P.O. Box 1087
Hobe Sound, FL 33475-1087
ph. (772) 546-2620
Keith Happ, Director
Manor Oak One, Suite 410
1910 Cochran Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
ph. (412) 341-5922
Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Ohio, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan
Darin Bevard, Director
485 Baltimore Pike, Suite 203
Glen Mills, PA 19342
ph. (610) 558-9066
Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
Patrick O'Brien, Director
P.O. Box 95
Griffin, GA 30224-0095
ph. (770) 229-8125
Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
David Oatis, Director
P.O. Box 4717
Easton, PA 18043
ph. (610) 515-1660
Connecticut, New Jersey, Maine, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire,
Larry Gilhuly, Director
5610 Old Stump Drive NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
ph. (253) 858-2266
Alaska, North Dakota, Colorado, Oregon, Hawaii, South Dakota, Idaho, Utah, Montana,
Bud White, Director
2801 N. Umberland Drive
Lewisville, TX 75056
ph. (972) 899-2462
Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana,
Pat Gross, Director
505 North Tustin Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 02705
Ph. (714) 542-5766
Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico