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High school agricultural internships offer stipends

The Kohala Center is seeking Hawaii Island high school students and recent graduates who want to get their hands dirty this summer as paid interns with its Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program.

Students may apply now for the program’s two-week agriculture summer internships to be held June 16-27 and July 14-25. Sessions will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Monday–Friday, and are based at the program’s Ka Hua ‘Aina farm in Honokaa.

Interns will gain hands-on experience in sustainable agriculture, learn about island food systems and receive a $250 stipend. They will work at the program’s farm as well as other sites around the island—the ‘aina is their classroom.

Participants will also gain exposure to various industries related to agriculture in Hawaii—from mushrooms to bees—through site visits to Waipio, Kohala, Hamakua, Kona, and Hilo. They will explore alternative career and education opportunities in agriculture and ‘aina-based activities.

The Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program is sponsored by The Kohala Center and Kamehameha Schools’ ‘Aina Ulu Program. For application deadlines and to apply, visit kohalacenter.org/farmertraining/internships or call The Kohala Center at 887-6411.