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). Eighteen experienced agronomists annually conduct more than 1,800 on-site
visits to golf courses across the United States to take research results and practical
information about construction and maintenance directly to subscribing clubs and
Each year, the USGA Green Section provides the opportunity for fourteen to seventeen
students to travel with members of the Green Section staff on TAS visits 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 agronomists. 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.
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.
Application packets must contain the following materials:
- 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.
- The student’s resume, including the projected graduation date.
- 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 14, 2012. Selected candidates
will be notified after March 1, 2013.
Direct questions to Kimberly Erusha, Ph.D., Managing Director, USGA Green Section,
at 908-234-2300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
USGA Green Section Regions
John Foy, Director
P.O. Box 1087
Hobe Sound, FL 33475-1087
ph. (772) 546-2620
Bob Brame, Director
P.O. Box 15249
Covington, KY 41015-0249
ph. (859) 356-3272
Indiana, Minnesota, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska
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
2601 Green Oak Drive
Carrollton, TX 75010
ph. (972) 662-1138
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