UTA-USDA NRCS Natural Resources Career Development Program (NRCDP)

Summer 2024 Internship Application

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has partnered with Dr. Nick Fang at UTA to offer students a paid summer internship opportunity through the Natural Resources Career Development Program (NRCDP). The NRCS is an agency of the USDA that provides technical assistance and financial incentives to landowners and other partners to protect and conserve natural resources. The objective of the program is to promote the NRCS as a career path and to support Asian American/Pacific Islander students.

We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2024 internship. While the internship is engineering-focused (typically aligned most with Civil Engineering), all students in science, mathematics, or engineering majors are welcome to apply. Freshmen and sophomores are highly encouraged to apply. Junior students are encouraged to apply for NRCS Pathways internships instead, and senior students are encourage to apply for NRCS Recent Graduate positions. For more information on additional opportunities from NRCS, visit their student and recent graduate webpage.

Interns with the UTA NRCDP will be assigned to an NRCS office (typically in Texas or Oklahoma) for a summer assignment. Interns will receive a travel/housing stipend in addition to their regular pay. Applicant interviews will be held starting in January, and student selection will be completed by the end of February.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be an enrolled UTA student in Spring 2024
  • Able to temporarily relocate to an assigned NRCS office for the summer assignment
  • Able to get a security clearance
  • Passion for natural resources and/or agriculture
  • Interest in having both office and field intern experience

The deadline for application to the Summer 2024 Internship is February 16, 2024.

Previous Interns

Mark Glendelle Gengania,
Summer 2023 Intern

I had a fantastic experience at the NRCS office in San Angelo, TX. For the summer, I shadowed the office’s field engineer and learned how employees work together to accomplish NRCS’s mission. As an intern, I learned how to use common applications the engineers use, construct design plans, and organize contracts. Accompanying the engineers on field visits was memorable, as I learned about the importance of effective communication.

Engineers frequently engage directly with landowners during field visits, which is an important step in gaining their trust and developing a viable solution. Throughout the internship, trainings were held by different employees which taught me about the different positions in NRCS. This gave me context for the various engineering practices and how NRCS offices fulfill contracts. Overall, the internship has broadened my perspective on careers in which industrial engineering may lead to.

The NRCS is committed to providing agricultural producers with conservation solutions in order to save natural resources and support thriving agricultural communities. My experience working with NRCS was quite enlightening. The internship highlighted a unique discipline in civil engineering that I was unaware of. It gave me the opportunity to learn an extensive amount about civil engineering and how it interacts with the agriculture industry.

I designed water pipelines, surveyed land, analyzed and classified soil, and identified local plants. Additionally, the work environment is well-balanced, with a flexible schedule and time spent equally between the office and the field working with producers. This internship has helped me improve my comprehension of civil engineering concepts and helped me develop my career.

Jaspinder “Jas” Malhi,
Summer 2023 Intern

Contact Information

Kelli Greenwood
UTA NRCDP Student Liaison
kelli.greenwood@mavs.uta.edu

Dr. Nick Fang
UTA NRCDP Program Director
nickfang@uta.edu