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Brent Weiss ’19 Lands Prestigious Noble Research Institute Internship

Courtesy: Brent Weiss. Brent Weiss ’19, an animal science major.

May 17, 2018

Brent Weiss ’19, a Delaware Valley University animal science major who is specializing in livestock science, has been selected for a competitive internship with the Noble Research Institute in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The Noble Research Institute is an independent nonprofit that uses scientific research to solve great agricultural challenges. Weiss was one of nine students selected from a pool of 126 eligible applicants. In addition to his major, Weiss is completing an equine science and management minor.

Through the Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture program, Weiss, who is from Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania, will spend his summer working alongside agriculture researchers and consultants from the Institute. The 10-12-week paid internship is aimed at preparing the next generation of agriculture leaders through hands-on experiences working with producers and researchers, networking and professional development. Interns live on the Institute’s campus in Ardmore. The internship runs from Mid-May to Mid-August. 

The program looks for students who “show initiative to learn.” 

“In the Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture/Plant Science programs, we look for students who show extra effort in their college years by seeking opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom,” said Amy E. Hays, adult education manager at the Noble Research Institute. “These activities include being part of their professional societies, summer or regular jobs that explore agriculture, and work (paid or volunteer) within the agriculture sector or plant science research.  When students take advantage of the opportunities both in the classroom and on their campus, it usually indicates they are looking to make the most of their opportunities.”

To be selected, students have to apply online. A committee selects the students who move on to the interview process. Those who are selected for interviews complete a virtual job interview on camera. 

“I think this internship will definitely give me knowledge on the more modern and up-and-coming practices,” said Weiss. 

Weiss is looking into attending graduate school after DelVal and said the experience will also give him a strong research base.