Looking for a job, internship, or something to do over break? These resources can help you find worthwhile experiences in fields of agriculture and in rural communities.

Academic Programs

  • Middlebury FoodWorks is an innovative leadership program combining academic and experiential learning in food systems. It is ideal for students interested in agriculture, food systems, food policy, and related fields. The program offers a one-of-a-kind summer experience or study abroad opportunity, both open to non-Middlebury students.


  • The Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program: For students interested in poverty, food security and scarcity, consider this fellowship program offered by the Congressional Hunger Center.
  • The Castanea Fellowship is a new, two-year fellowship for diverse leaders working for a racially just food system in any of the areas of: health, environment, agriculture, regional economies, or community development.
  • College Advising Corps works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented college students in a method similar to Americorps. Although not explicitly rural, members of the Corps are often sent to rural areas.

Service Work

  • Appalachia Service Project: According to their website, ASP “is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that inspires hope and service through volunteer home repair and replacement in Central Appalachia.”

Graduate programs in rural sociology

*Indicates a Kenyon student or alum has participated in the program. To get in contact with former participants, feel free to contact the Rural Cause via e-mail.