Summer Biomass Internship Program

I recently let you know about a new USDA, National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Higher Education Challenge grant we , along with our partner organizations, CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity and the Syracuse Center of Excellence, have received (From Farm and Forest to Fuel: An Integrative and Experiential Approach to Bioenergy, Biofuels and Bioproducts Education, February 25, 2011).

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I’m pleased to let you know that our project director, Dr. Tim Volk, has recently announced the related launch of the Summer Biomass Internship Program for students enrolled part time or full time in a SUNY-ESF or Syracuse University undergraduate or graduate degree program.  Complete information about internship opportunities and application procedures is available at:            

Students interested in one of the internships posted (or representatives from additional internship program host organizations) may contact

Central New York is poised to become a focal point for the development of biomass systems for the production of heat, power, fuels and products. The shortage of well trained professionals to meet the growing demand of the bioenergy field is one of the barriers to the development of biomass as a source of renewable energy. There is a continuing need for a well-educated and skilled workforce with the background and experience to address the complexities of this rapidly developing industry. This internship program is an important part of our efforts to prepare knowledgeable and experienced professionals with the requisite analytical, creative thinking and problem solving skills to meet the growing demand of the bioenergy field in the region.

The summer biomass internship program provides opportunities for qualified college students to work with a Central New York company that is focused on biomass issues. Participating students will gain experience in the biomass field while concurrently meeting workplace and industry needs to increase the quality of postsecondary instruction in bioenergy. This program will help to build on valuable relationships between local firms working in the biomass field and college students studying in the region.

Please help us to share this information with students and others at Syracuse University and SUNY ESF.  Thank you.

Chuck Spuches, Associate Provost for Outreach

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