Get some practical experience
Get some practical experience
Internships are an essential part of the education to acquire practical farming skills, to deepen agricultural knowledge and put theory into perspective. Your time working on a farm will be an important experience in the process of becoming an organic farmer.
Finding the right internship may take some time. Farmers are busy and not always easy to get in contact with. We recommend to start looking for an internship when you start your basic course as your internship agreement must be approved by our study advisor before you return from Tanzania.
The students are responsible for finding an internship but the study advisors will assist you in this process. We have many contacts but it is an important part of your learning to find the right farm for you. Keep in mind that the farm you choose does not have to be organic to be approved.
In general the duration of the internships are:
About 7 months for the 1st Internship
About 13 months for the 2nd Internship
The duration of internships may vary from student to student depending on personal reasons and we will plan together with you the course of your individual education. Some students for example choose to prolong an internship period and return to the school at a later point.
For the longer second internship period, you have several options: you can divide your internship into blocks and work on different farms instead of one. You can go abroad or stay in Denmark; you can go alone or choose to do internships together with fellow students. Nevertheless, you will have to choose a specialty for this time (plant or animal production) and plan your internships accordingly.
Internships at a Danish farm are commonly contracted and come with a salary according to Danish standards. If you are working on a farm abroad, it is very common that you work for food and accommodation (f. ex. woofing) or receive a local salary of the respective country. If the internship is abroad, you can seek compensation for the travel costs of the Danish Government.
No. Although many smaller or alternative farms may catch your interest, there are certain requirements. Keep in mind that you are training to become a farmer who after his education should be able to professionally run an organic food production and have an understanding of how to produce, market and sell your products whether it is small-, mid- or large scale production. For this, it is crucial that you obtain practical experience on a farm that primarily makes their living of their organic food production.
Your internship has the purpose for you to obtain practical skills and knowledge. Nevertheless, there are requirements to your education during an internship. You may find a smaller farm that meets the requirement that the owner lives of his food production and working there sounds intriguing. But will you have the opportunity to work with various machines of smaller and larger scale, learn about up-to-date plant production or be able to take care of livestock in a modern context? Therefore, your internship needs to be approved by our study advisor in terms of educational and production requirements.