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 courses.

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:

  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 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

USGA Green Section Regions

Florida Region

John Foy, Director
P.O. Box 1087
Hobe Sound, FL 33475-1087
ph. (772) 546-2620


North-Central Region

Bob Brame, Director
P.O. Box 15249
Covington, KY 41015-0249
ph. (859) 356-3272

Indiana, Minnesota, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska  

Mid-Atlantic Region

Darin Bevard, Director
485 Baltimore Pike, Suite 203
Glen Mills, PA 19342
ph. (610) 558-9066

Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

Southeast Region

Patrick O'Brien, Director
P.O. Box 95
Griffin, GA 30224-0095
ph. (770) 229-8125

Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

Northeast Region

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, Vermont

Northwest Region

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, Washington, Wyoming

Mid-Continent Region

Bud White, Director
2601 Green Oak Drive
Carrollton, TX 75010
ph. (972) 662-1138

Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas

Southwest Region

Pat Gross, Director
505 North Tustin Avenue
Suite 121
Santa Ana, CA 02705
Ph. (714) 542-5766

Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico

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