McDONOUGH — The University of Georgia is accepting applications through Jan. 31 for its annual six-week paid summer internship.

The Youth Scholars Internship Program selects students interested in hands-on research in agricultural, food and environmental sciences. Students will work with world-renowned scientists through the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UGA-Athens, UGA-Griffin or UGA-Tifton.

While in the program, students are assigned to work with a researcher and their staff on campus for 30 hours per week, typically Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During the work day, participants will learn about ongoing research in the department, how to use state-of–the-art laboratory equipment and work in the field, as well as completing their own research project under the guidance of their mentor.

On the UGA Griffin campus, students will spend Fridays with fellow Young Scholars where they will attend site visits of various research areas, participate in college preparatory and career related workshops, visit scientific research facilities and play interactive games.

YSP concludes each year with a pre-collegiate conference at the University of Georgia campus in Athens. Students have the chance to interact with other YSP students from the Athens and Tifton campuses, stay in the dorms, learn about the UGA admissions process and take part in behind-the-scenes tours of several university departments.

Students interested in participating in YSP must be 16 years old and have completed their sophomore year of high school by the program start date of June 1, 2020. Graduating seniors must be accepted as an incoming freshman to the University of Georgia to participate.

The online application for the program closes on Jan. 31. In-person interviews for finalists will follow. Selected interns will be notified by April 1, and the program will run from June 1 to July 12.

For more information about Young Scholars, visit www.ysp.caes.uga.edu.

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